My first All-American QH Congress

Posted by Julia Bastian in Taking the Reins. No Comments

27th October

October is Congress time! The All-American Quarter Horse Congress, (also just called “Congress”) is known for being the largest single-breed horse show in the world. For me, it’s always been a show that I’d follow online and via social media. Most of my weekends were spent watching classes via the live stream, even if it meant staying up late to watch all of the entries go.

Here at UF, we’re lucky that the Columbus fairgrounds are only 1.5 hours away, making it an easy day
trip. I took advantage of this not just once, but three times! With each trip down, I’d take advantage of a different aspect of the show. For example, the first day that I was there, I simply walked around taking everything in, and exploring every corner. It’s amazing to see how they fit so many horses and vendors all … Read More »

Exploratory Storyboards

Posted by Jessica Meek in Picture This. No Comments

25th October

What exactly is a storyboard? Here, Little Jessica scampers around my boards and explains the process. These drawings are very close to my actual storyboards, except the “The End” page. I have to say, the most tedious part of the process was measuring and drawing out all the page spread boxes.

Figuring out what exactly was going on each page was also a challenge. I actually started with the very last image, since I knew what it had to look like, and then I worked backwards for about another quarter of the story! As I kept working, I was able to get a feel for the story’s flow and work in some visual elements that tie the rather disjointed story segments together. All in all, I’m pleased with my work.
Now I just have to draw the whole thing again, but with … Read More »

(Some) Things I miss about Europe

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21st October

As someone who moved from Europe to come to Findlay for the equestrian program, I often get asked, “Do you miss home?” My answer is usually, “Only some parts.” Which is true. So, I’ve decided to share some of the aspects I miss about Luxembourg/Europe.

Multilingualism. It’s a bit strange moving from someplace where you’ll hear 4-5 different languages spoken around you on a daily basis, to a country where only one language is used/necessary in day-to-day life.

Being able to walk through the entire “city.” While Luxembourg City may be considered the country’s capital, it comes closer to the size of a large town, which makes it relatively easy to walk through entirely by foot.

The architecture. It’s a mix of old and new, depending where you are in the country/city. One of the best places to view this combination is the … Read More »

Here it Goes

Posted by Madison Simmons in Tales from the Barn. No Comments

18th October


The time quickly came and went as September 15 approached. Vet school applications are sent in, and all we can do now is sit and wait to hear back about interviews.

Top 8 things that happen when applying for vet school:

Second guess yourself — Do I really want to do this for the rest of my life? Am I willing to dedicate all this time and money to the career and schooling?

Procrastination — Let me be honest, we all said we would start the applications over the summer and have them completed by the start of classes, but that does not happen. Sitting down late at night trying to finish bits and pieces of vet school applications while completing my classwork can be stressful. Critical components of this process include writing a personal statement, answering supplemental application questions and filling out the application perfectly, to sell myself to the school and make … Read More »

You’ve met me.. Now meet my horse!

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7th October

Meet my equine partner in crime here at UF! She’s a 3-year-old Quarter Horse whose registered name is A Sudden Passion, though I just call her Gwen. She came all the way from northeast Maine to be here at UF with me.

I should probably explain how I got to have Gwen, seeing as how I didn’t ship her across the Atlantic Ocean all the way from Europe. I’ve been riding with a trainer who is located in northeast Maine for the past three summers, and it was mid-June when she asked if I’d be interested in taking Gwen with me to school. Of course, I immediately said yes! Gwen and I didn’t get along right away, but quickly grew to like one another and work together well. One of my favorite ways to describe her is that she has a ‘big’ personality –  meaning she … Read More »

Headless Hans and His Environment

Posted by Jessica Meek in Picture This. No Comments

5th October

My fictional friend, Hans, has continued to find himself over the past few weeks, with a little help from me. In class, we discussed environments. Every story has to take place against some sort of background, even if such things go more or less unnoticed by readers. In the spirit of a fairy tale, I set Hans’ story out in the country, with hills, trees, and the occasional barn gracing the background. The story of Lucky Hans is serial. He meets several people, one at a time, on his way home. Thus, I needed to know the landscape that he would pass by from point A to point B. Taking the profession of each of the other characters Hans meets into account, I sculpted the land to fit the story. For example, there needs to be grassy hills nearby when Hans … Read More »

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