The original Small Change and an amazing birthday gift
I don't know how many of you remember, but in April of 2010, I lost my wonderful, wonderful little homebred Connemara/TB to colic. He was a spectacular little horse - he kept up with the big horses in the hunter ring, was my pocket pony, and taught me such an incredible amount about managing a foal, bringing along a young horse, and developing a hunter. I miss him tremendously and will take any opportunity to gush to anyone who might ask about him.
I talked about getting a portrait done of him "some day," both when he was alive and after he died. I was worried about picking the right artist and the right picture, but meant to tackle it eventually. Last night, my family got together for my birthday and presented me with this - Small Change.
I cried when I opened it, as the incredible Gina Hawkshaw captured him perfectly! He's now safely back in his wrapping, awaiting a date with the framing shop before I find him the perfect spot in my home. I can't thank my Dad enough for masterminding the project, Gina for her spectacular work, and the rest of my family for the parts they played in giving me a wonderful, perfect birthday gift. I keep pulling his painting out to peek at, as it's just so perfect.