Wednesday July 26, 2000: Day 1I arrived in Lexington this afternoon. Got stuck in some dreadful traffic on Newtown Pike on the way to the hotel, but it was just a mile or so. I've been through worse in Dallas... :)
There weren't really any events today, just room sales at the Holiday Inn. There weren't many rooms open yet, and weren't many buyers yet either. I think Wednesday is just too dead on non-NAN years.
But, I did take some nice pictures in the rooms. If you couldn't make it in person, here's a photo tour.
Here's a huge hallway decoration for Jane Tilton's Black Horse Studio.
These next four are all from the Horsing Around room: 1) the Bronin Welsh Cob resins by Linda York
2) "Scandalous Jack" resins
3) A very cute wire haired fox terrier.
4) ...and some cute kitties :)
Deb and Randy Buckler's room was full of goodies, including this delicious fellow: Tenorio, by Kristina Lucas. I didn't make it out of the room without buying one to paint. I also got a cute little etched stablemate, done by Deb & Randy's daughter (Melissa, I believe her name is).
Lynn Milam hard at work! (the table in front of her is Lori Daniels', showing some of Lori's works-in-progress)
This is what most rooms in the HIN look like - shelves and shelves full of OF's for sale! Eek! This room is Cheryl Greene & Marianne Prindle's.
Want some decorators? Walkabout Farm had these two:
Walkabout also had this wall of stablemates!
Oodles of carriages, carts, plows, and stuff from D&H Custom Designs.
A 3-mule hitch and... well, I'm not sure what sort of farm equipment that is, but it looks neat. Also by D&H.
Apparently the HIN didn't outlaw signage. Or if they did, it was futile. :) I expect the walls to be completely plastered by tomorrow evening...
Julie Bullock (right) and Mary Chrusciel (left). I had a nice chat with them; Julie's busy finishing up horses. And this is Mary's first BFest. woohoo!
That's all for tonight. I'll have more tomorrow. I'm planning on visiting the Kentucky Horse Center in the morning - have never seen that, so it should be cool. I also hope to get some pix of the various painted ponies around Lexington. And of course, room sales should be in full swing tomorrow night! Stay tuned!
-- J. Kira Hamilton (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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