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chesapeake boomerang

Last weekend the ponies and Ammo the Dachshund went on a very special trip. We rounded everyone up and made the 4 hour trek down to Assateague Island, Virginia to ride on the beach with our friends from the Chincoteague Pony Centre.

blitz

I’ve been waiting my whole life to make this trip and ride on the beach with my ponies, and I was thrilled to be able to share this trip with Minnow, Blitz, Boomerang, Ammo and my mom.

blitz and boomer

We left behind a freak October snowstorm in PA on Saturday to head to the rainy (but atleast not snowy) island. We were fortunate to have a place for the ponies to stay at a friends farm and on Sunday morning we drove the ponies out to the island for their very first beach ride.

chincoteague Minnow

Chincoteague Minnow

For Minnow it was a sort of homecoming as he was born on the island 18 years ago, but for Blitz and Boomerang it was a completely new experience.

I’ve been to the Assateague beach before, but riding across the dunes on horseback was an entirely new and amazing experience. I can’t even begin to describe how beautiful it was, the sun glistening off the ocean as the huge waves came crashing down all around us. We even witnessed two bald eagles taking flight off the beach.

bald eagle

All the ponies dipped their feet into the ocean and seemed utterly at home on the island, a special place that they are all tied to. My mom and I vowed that this would not be the last time we galloped along the beach with our boys.

chesapeake boomerang

Chesapeake Boomerang

After our 2 hour ride I took the opportunity to take as many pictures as possible of the ponies as the waves crashed down behind them. I even broke out their painting easel and Minnow’s super hero ensemble.

Chincoteague Minnow

Chincoteague Minnow

Chincoteague Minnow

Chincoteague Minnow

As Minnow began to enthusiastically pose along the beach he started to draw a small crowd. People began asking questions until someone in the crowd recognized who he was. I felt like we were being followed by the paparazzi as cameras flashed around us and people exclaimed that they were meeting a celebrity. I’m sure Minnow was feeling very important.

Chincoteague Minnow

Chincoteague Minnow

Boomerang also got his turn to shine as I asked him to laydown on the beach – and he happily obliged even as the ocean waves rolled towards him. I even got him to sit, a trick we have only just begun working on. Boomer really is an amazing pony and so willing to do almost anything I ask of him.

Chesapeake Boomerang

Chesapeake Boomerang

Chesapeake Boomerang

Chesapeake Boomerang

Blitz took his turn in front of the camera and showed off what a super model he is. I’ve always said he’s the most gorgeous of our ponies and he definitely did not disappoint. Blitz also had a very special experience as we were down visiting, because his mom was on the island (and also Blitz & Boomer’s sire).

Chesapeake Lightning

Chesapeake Lightning

Chesapeake Lightning

Chesapeake Lightning

We got to meet Tidewater Fable aka L’Eggs, Blitz’s beautiful solid bay dam. We instantly realized where Blitz got his looks from, and also his timid tenancies. I dreamed of L’Eggs nickering and Blitz calling back with an enthusiastic “MOM!” – although of course none of that happened and I’m pretty sure neither even knew the other was there. I can dream though!

Tidewater Fable

Tidewater Fable - Blitz's Dam

 

Tidewater Fable

Tidewater Fable - Blitz's Dam

Chesapeake Powhattan's Promise

Chesapeake Powhattan's Promise - Blitz and Boomer's Sire

After our beach ride we trailered the ponies over to Pony Pines for their end of the year fun show. By this point the ponies were getting very good at loading and unloading on our new 3 horse step-up trailer. It was great practice for them and by the end of the trip they were pros at trailer loading.

At the fun show my mom and I entered in a handful of the fun classes. We won the ribbon race as well as the hilarious wheelbarrow race (where one rider pushed the other in a wheelbarrow while leading a pony). I also took Boomerang in their version of the Extreme Cowboy Race. Boomer impressed me by doing a water ditch jump, mastering a massive bridge, navigating through brush and even jumping a scary black plastic tube. I was very proud of him as he galloped across the hilly terrain course they had created behind the farm.

Ironically immediately following we entered into the Chincotaegue Pony Pleasure Class – I should have foreseen how amped up Boomer would be after racing through the hills. Lets just say we were done for as soon as they asked us to canter and Boomer went bronco bucking around the arena. I had to laugh.

At the end of the evening Minnow got a chance to shine as he dressed up in his Super Hero Costume with best pal Ammo (aka Rocket Dog) for the costume class. They came home with a blue for the most unique costume and I think both of them were very pleased with themselves.

minnow and ammo

Before we headed home on Sunday we took one last trip out to Assateague to get some more pictures and enjoy the view. It was such an amazing trip and I hope it won’t be our last!

the painting ponies

A special thanks to all of our friends who made it possible for us to visit!

You can check out more photos from our trip on our facebook page. I should be back soon with some more photos and videos to share too!

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Well, it took me long enough to share the paintings Minnow created during the Chadds Ford Dog Days of Summer Event, but better late than never! Here are some of his lovely new paintings that are now available for purchase in the shop. Enjoy!

mango splash

"Mango Splash" by Chincoteague Minnow

This is such a fun and vibrant painting. Add a pop of color to your walls with this mango inspired painting. Just a splash of silver, yellow, and white make it so much fun!

golden waves

"Golden Waves" by Chincoteague Minnow

A kiss of sun as the ocean waves come crashing down around him. Minnow probably envisioned his days as a youth growing up on the shores of Assateague Island when he painted this.

purple rain

"Purple Rain" by Chincoteague Minnow

Perhaps Minnow was channeling his inner Prince when he painted this purple rain piece (video). Either way it’s a fun splash of colors for your walls!

field of green

"Field of Green" by Chincoteague Minnow

Painted on the 10 year anniversary of the September 11th Disaster, we imagine Minnow was wishing for growth and change as well as fields of green grass when he painted this.

 

remember

"Remember" by Chincoteague Minnow

Painted on the 10 year anniversary of the September 11th Disaster, we imagine Minnow was remembering the event as it shaped the history of the US. Red, White and Blue dawn this patriotic piece.

light at the end of the tunnel

"Light at the End of the Tunnel" by Chincoteague Minnow

Painted on the 10 year anniversary of the September 11th Disaster, we imagine Minnow was thinking of the light at the end of the tunnel when he painted this vibrant piece. Disaster is terrible, but there will always be a shimmer of hope.

Each painting has a different story to tell. Which painting speaks to you?

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This past weekend we attended the Chadds Ford Dog Days of Summer II event. Having never been to this event it was a new experience for all of us including the pony and the dogs.

chadds ford days

Minnow (and the dogs) had a new encounter with a cow named LuLu and her cute 8 month old calf, Annabelle.

chadds ford days

I’m really not sure if Minnow had ever been this close to cows before, although he did spend some of his life living on an Amish Farm – so it’s probably pretty likely that he had at least seen them before. In the beginning I was a little worried about him, because he was utterly terrified of them as they approached his corral on Saturday morning.

minnow and the cows

But, about an hour later he had decided that they were to be his new friends – and I think he actually started to enjoy hearing them Moo at him – reminding him that he wasn’t the only livestock hanging out all weekend at a fair.

minnow and the cows

minnow the painting pony

Minnow painted several pieces each day (which we will share soon) and showed off some of his favorite tricks to the crowds.

minnow the painting pony

ammo the dachshund at chadds ford days

And after Ammo had a chance to show off some of his tricks, we handed out little trading cards to all the kids, which I think they really enjoyed.

ammo the dachshund at chadds ford days

ammo the dachshund at chadds ford days

By the end of the weekend we were all pretty exhausted, including the dogs.

ammo the dachshund at chadds ford days

I think we all need a well deserved rest this week!

So what about you? Have your horses/dogs ever met cows before? Anyone on the East Coast ever hold a “cow introduction” clinic? Blitz actually has plans to visit a farm soon to start working cows & I’m hoping to take Boomerang at some point too. Or did we meet any of you this weekend at the Chadds Ford Days? We’d love to hear from you!

You can check out more photos from this weekend on Ammo’s Blog! And we’ll be back soon with a post to show some of Minnow’s new paintings!

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Today and tomorrow we’re hanging out at the Chadd’s Ford Historical Society Dog Days of Summer II event! From 10am – 5pm we’ll be meeting new and old friends (Ammo and Minnow will also be doing tricks and painting).

painting pony performance

We hope to see you there!

Chadds Ford Historical Society

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painting pony performance

On Sunday we proceeded to set up shop again at the Ludwigs Corner Horse Show. We lucked out with wonderful weather over the weekend, and by Sunday Ammo and Minnow were drawing even larger crowds than Saturday.

painting pony performance

Minnow spent most of the day standing on his pedestal inside his corral, posing for anyone that wanted a picture.

painting pony performance

We set up several “mini” performances for throughout the day. Minnow enjoyed showing off some of his favorite tricks as well as painting a special piece each time.

painting pony peformance

I think everyone especially liked Minnow’s baseball trick. He hopes to one day try out for his favorite team, the Philadelphia Phillies.

painting pony performance

Minnow painted four new pieces that are available for purchase in shop! Lollypop, Dandelion Fields, Super Blue, and Trickle.

lollypop

"Lollypop" by Minnow

dandelion fields

"Dandelion Fields" by Minnow

dandelion fields

super blue

"Super Blue" by Minnow

trickle

"Trickle" by Minnow

Ammo had his time to shine too, as he showed the kids what a great “super hero” he is. He always gets lots of chuckles when he puts on his stunt helmet.

ammo the dachshund

ammo the dachshund

I love that Ammo is quite content to let all the children pet him. Dachshunds sometimes get labeled as a “snappy” breed that aren’t always great with children – but I think Ammo proves that with proper training and socialization that this isn’t necessarily true.

ammo the dachshund

We had a great time performing at Ludwigs, and hope to be back again next year! If you want to see more photos from our weekend you can visit Ammo’s Blog.

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On Saturday and Sunday I took Minnow & Ammo the Dachshund to the Ludwigs Corner Horse Show. We’ve been going to this event for the past 3 years now, but this was the first year we were invited to come for 2 days. As the years have passed Minnow & Ammo have become a much larger attraction – drawing some pretty big crowds this year.

minnow the painting pony

ludwigs corner booth

It’s always fun to meet new people and even connect with people who have been fans of Ammo & Minnow over the years.

ammo the dachshund

One of my favorite parts of the day was when a group of little girls spotted Ammo – and realized they knew him from our Youtube Videos. One of the little girls shouted “It’s Ammo, he’s from the videos! He’s so Epic!”. I’m pretty sure it went straight to Ammo’s head as he licked the little girl’s faces.

minnow the painting pony

Minnow painted 3 new paintings on Saturday: Chincoteague Blooms, Surf’s Up, and Raspberry Blush – all of which are available in the SHOP.

raspberry blush

"Raspberry Blush" by Chincoteague Minnow

surfs up

"Surf's Up" by Chincoteague Minnow

chincoteague blooms
“Chincoteague Blooms” by Chincoteague Minnow

 

minnow the painting pony

Overall it was a really fun day and we were excited to come back on Sunday for round 2!

minnow the painting pony

Tomorrow we’ll have some more pictures from our adventuresome weekend, and you can check out Ammo’s recap of the day on his Blog. And don’t forget to check out the SHOP to see all of Minnow’s wonderful new paintings.

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minnow kiss

Come meet Minnow the Painting Pony (and his sidekick Ammo the Dachshund) in person – and get your big sloppy kiss! (Or for the faint of heart – just shake his hoof!)

We’re going to have a booth at the Ludwig’s Corner Horse Show on Saturday AND Sunday! Minnow & Ammo are going to be doing tricks all day long, and they’re both bringing some of their famous paintings that will be available to purchase. We even have Christmas cards!

You can catch them on Saturday from 10 – 2pm (Minnow will do a special painting at 11am, 12pm, and 1pm) and on Sunday from 11 – 4pm (Minnow will do a special painting at 12pm, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm).

We hope to see you there!

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