Tuesday, July 13, 2021

THE WINNER IS - 2021 Crowns for the Care Mrs. Rooftop Rodeo

What an amazing year 2021 has been for me - and competing in the 2021 Crowns for the Care - Estes Park Health Foundation - Paint Estes Pink Campaign was one of them. 

I have never felt comfortable asking people for money - whether for donations or help of any kind. If you had asked me to ride a horse for this event or do something related to growing up on a small ranch, I would have been so much better suited at that, then asking people for money. 

The thing is, I did compete and with your help I raised $1,568.00 that was counted (as there were 2 checks that they received after the closing deadline that they didn't count in my total) for the Estes Park Health Foundation to get the hospital an MRI. 

I had a good time overall meeting the past winners at the first get together and it was kind of surreal seeing my picture in the paper each week.

I stopped at businesses and asked for donations, begged friends and family and former employers. I made some bold moves and contacted large companies across the US and really dealt with dealing with my ADHD and RSD rearing their ugly heads through the whole thing.  

I did it without the support of the hospital I work for - as they backed another employee competing - allowing that person to hold a bake-sale on the Urgent Care grounds, while I had been told to only put up discreet posters and not bother my fellow employees with my fundraising endeavors. 

While that experience tainted my Rooftop Rodeo Crowns experience (and I almost did throw in the towel), the MRI was the most important thing and I persisted because of those that had already supported me and I wasn't raised to be a quitter. 

One of the hardest things for me was the Rodeo Queens Luncheon on July 6. The Mrs. Rooftop Rodeo Queens were invited to the 2020/21 Rooftop Rodeo Queens lunch. I have to say as a woman who is heavyset at this moment in time, this made me sick to my stomach thinking about being around all the beautiful and talented young women from the various rodeos. I am glad that I went though.

It was nice to meet so many Rodeo Queens from the Rooftop Rodeo Queen to Larimer County, Miss Rodeo Colorado and Miss Rodeo America 2020-2021. 

Miss Rodeo America gave a lovely speech about stepping outside your comfort zone and being true to yourself and having your biggest supporter be the person in the mirror. It was a wonderful time and I am grateful for the experience.

Friday, July 9 closing deadline saw 2 checks still outstanding that I knew people had sent, but had not arrived. I contacted the office about it and was told "it wouldn't matter anyway with my poor showing - it wasn't going to change the results." 

I have to say I was furious about this and really, really wanting them to send all the funds back that my friends and family had donated, no matter the cause.

FINALLY - Saturday night came and I had a migraine all day and was feeling like crap. I wasn't going to attend because of the rudeness from the Foundation office and not feeling well, but friends and family convinced me to go and finish this final piece. 

Mrs. Rooftop Rodeo 2021 is: Dona Cooper with an Amazing donation amount of $19,000. 

Sonya McTeague was the Runner up.

I was very happy for both of them, because at our initial meeting, they both had the biggest fears for not getting donations from anyone (while I was a bit outspoken at the meeting and ended up 5th out of 5), but they are both wonderful ladies and I am so glad for them. 

The grand total was something like $26,500 earned by all of us (not counting the 2 checks of mine.)

And the winners of the 2 Horses I made are:

Tom Oates was the winner of "Give Cancer the Boot"

Jean Sorensen was the winner of "Paint Estes Pink"

And finally - 

I want to give a HUGE shout out and thank you to the following people for supporting me in this endeavor:
  • My mom - for being encouraging and a wonderful listener through all of this!
  • Renne Stachnik, Morgan Haberman, Deborah Bouziden, Deidra Hues, and others who I can't recall at this time that encouraged me to keep going. 
  • Marsha Hobert for being my Mentor and a previous Crowns winner
And my donors: 
  • John and Nancy Warstler Thut
  • Zander Rexroad
  • Marilyn Fitch Herrmann
  • Cindy and Rich Jackson
  • Tami Scace
  • Deborah Bouziden
  • Theresa Brynard
  • Scott and Pam Duemig
  • Susan Steele
  • Patricia Sobral
  • Jason Busey
  • William Gomer
  • Catherine Wilsey
  • Catherine Lewis
  • Morgan Haberman
  • Carly Lusky
  • Susan Thelander
  • Judy Palmer
  • Kevin Mullin
  • Leon Martin
  • Donna Bryson
  • Kenneth and Marsha Hobert
  • Tom Oates
  • Jean Sorensen
  • Rudi Lee
  • Bill and Sue Pinkham
  • Patrick Dunn
  • Mike and Rita Albert
  • Deidra Hues
  • Daniel Rauk
  • Shirley Neely-Turpin
  • Karen Johnson
  • PB Ingold
  • Larry Strong
  • Fredye Jo Williams
  • Barbara Addison

Your generosity is greatly appreciated!!!! 

Thursday, July 1, 2021

Raffle Models to the Donors for Crowns for the Care - Paint Estes Pink


Give away for donors to my Crowns for the Care 2021 Campaign! 

If you have donated to my Paint Estes Pink, 2021 Crowns for the Care Campaign - I am going to put your name in a drawing for one of two models that I created.

The first is Paint Estes Pink Horse:

The second is Give Cancer the Boot Horse:

I want to thank everyone for their donations and I will draw the winners on Tuesday July 13, 2021 and post them on social media! (I will pay postage to the winners).


Saturday, June 12, 2021

2021 Crowns for the Care - Estes Park Health Foundation Paint Estes Pink Campaign


In 2021, Crowns for the Care contestants will solicit donations to bring a new MRI machine to Estes Park Health. MRI is often used to diagnose certain types of cancer. The current machine is 14 years old, dated, and near the end of life. The new machine is $1.1 million, and EPHF needs help from generous donors like you to make this purchase a reality. 100% of the money raised during Paint Estes Pink goes directly toward the purchase of the new MRI machine.

The Estes Park Health Foundation increases community awareness of Estes Park Health, and develops, manages and distributes funds to assist EPH in fulfilling its mission. To learn more about initiatives or to volunteer, contact them at GiveToEPH.org or 970-577-4370.

Every Crowns for the Care Contestant will receive one-on-one mentoring from a past Mrs. Rooftop Rodeo winner. A Kickoff Meeting is scheduled for Sunday, June 6 from 4-6 p.m. Contact Estes Park Health Foundation at 970-577-4370 or giving@eph.org for details and to reserve your spot.


I decided to join this year, because as someone who has needed the MRI multiple times - it felt like a great cause to me. I was a little nervous meeting all the ladies for the Kickoff Meeting on Sunday, June 6, but it was a great group of people and I felt privileged to meet the past winners. 

I got home from the meeting and was immediately inspired to make a flyer and start posting it on social media, mailing it to friends and family and emailing it as well. 

I am working towards a goal I have set and will do a post thanking all donors and with the results come July! 

Medallion Madness Month - June 2021


It's been a hard few months trying to decide WHAT to do for the medallion challenge this month. I have so many medallions - which I do NOT collect (๐Ÿ˜‚).

I decided to break down and do my Tucker Medallion that I won from Kylee Parks. There is a special story behind him - Kylee was holding a contest in November 2020 for a Tucker. You had to post what you were thankful for in 2020. 

I posted that I was thankful to all the model horse people that supported me with help during the 2020 evacuation of my home in Estes Park, Colorado. My town was evacuated because of the East Troublesome AND Cameron Peak Fires. I received so much support from the model horse hobby that it was INCREDIBLE and I am still so grateful to this day. 

So, I decided that the Bear Tucker was lying on had to be SMOKEY THE BEAR because Forest Fires and such. 

I found a hat on line. I was so excited I didn't have to sculpt it - because - well I suck at sculpting and I wanted this to be great!!

I cut the hat in half and sanded off the Bear's ears then tacked the hat down and now to resculpting the ears and attaching the hat better stage.  Then I started to paint. I knew I wanted an Appaloosa foal as I love Appaloosas - we raised them when I was a child - and my dream horse was a bay blanket Appaloosa. 

I found this baby and decided to try my best at not butchering it too much. I can paint excellent bays but the Appaloosa markings are still my trial. 

I used acrylics, pastels and pearl-ex. I knew I had a limited amount of time to work on him this month and I spent hours each day or 1/2 day off I had - because I have been working so much overtime, plus I was applying for a scholarship and competing in a competition for Paint Estes Pink here in my town. 

I cried a couple of times because all my brain could think was that he wasn't live show quality. But then I worked on him today and why he may not be perfect for anyone else - Navajo Moon Prince and Smokey the Bear are perfect to me and for me. 

I am glad to completed the Medallion Madness Month challenge and to have been true to my idea and goal. 

Tuesday, June 1, 2021

Favorite Artist Series - Model Horse art by Janine of Quequinox Art


I met Janine online in about 2008-2009 or so on Deviantart. I loved her sculptures. She does amazing work with wire armatures and Polymer Clay! She does such beautiful work from realistic to fantasy to the macabre. She is amazingly talented and I have been able to watch her improve over the years to a wonderfully skilled and amazing artist.

I have wished multiple times that I could obtain some of her works. They are well worth the price and stunningly detailed. 

She has posted how she starts her armatures - and builds from this base. 

Here are some of my favorite pieces that she has done. You can check out her website HERE and her Facebook page HERE

She also is casting some lovely resins available on her website. 

I am lucky enough to own one of her original Polymer clay sculptures. I have had him since 2008 or 2009.