THE MIGHTY BEOWULF
This is Beowulf prior to his,
uh, accident. At the time of this photo, he belonged to Pauline.
Beowulf was a customized Breyer
Morgenglanz, who was no doubt state of the art when he was first
created. Alas, time was not kind to Beowulf, and he aged badly.
Pauline showed him a few times and moved on to another
horse or 12. Pauline is an outrageous horse trader, and
she decided to part company with Beowulf. So, Leslie ended up
with him. Leslie also ended up with a head from a Bouras
Arab in the deal. Don't ask.
Leslie decided that the Arab
head would look great on the trotting Morgenglanz body, and heck,
who had a customized trotting Arab? So, Beowulf got decapitated.
Beowulf's head rattled around
Leslie's apartment for a year or so, and then one day, Steph and
Leslie started playing with the plastic horse head. They
got Ideas for him, and entered him at New England Spring Expo
in April 1999.
So, on show day, Beowulf dutifully
took on his allotted 5 performance classes. He proved himself
quite versatile, able to switch from roping to open show jumping
with ease. He attracted crowds. He scared people.
And he qualified for NAN 1999 in showmanship!
Here's Beowulf showing his talents in Open Range Roping.
Missing your catch while in quicksand can truly be a bummer,
Beowulf demonstrating his cool in Western trail while
being eaten by a dragon. The actual caption read "Rider
stands quietly while horse is devoured by mythological reptile."
Not even Arthur Fonzarelli was this cool folks!
Incurring minor faults at the liverpool. At least
he won't get flies in his ears.
Scoring a goal in Water Polo! Go Big Red!!
Here, Beowulf plays a small but pivotal role in an
Off-Off Broadway production of "The Godfather." Despite
the somewhat controversial nightcap, this little scene won the
Creative Showmanship class at NESE, earning Beowulf not only a
blue ribbon, but an-oh-so-coveted ticket to the 1999 North American
And we were so thrilled, we turned
him into a fashion accessory and took him to the post show dinner.
Here, Steph models Beo-wear.
OK, so we weren't brave enough to show him in halter.
Beowulf got to spend the day snuggling
with "Goldie" a "decorator" Breyer CAM who
also had the misfortune to end up decapitated. Goldie belongs
to Jen and Nancy Timm...perhaps a decapitated stork will be paying
their home a visit in March of 2000...? You never know.
Beowulf at NAN 1999.
Well, he'd earned the right to be there.
Sadly, the trip to Lexington proved to be a bit much
for Beowulf and he wound up colicky. Since he is such a
valuable piece, CEFOMAC elected to take him to surgery. This
set up got everyone still standing at the end of the NAN performance
day to stop what they were doing and scream. Medical people
found it fascinating. Non-medical people found the out-of-context
pasta more than they could deal with. I'm not sure the judges
knew how to handle the entry.
A quick overview of the questions asked surgery-table
side...horses do not close their eyes under anesthesia. You can't
see his legs because they are folded and tied under all the drapes.
The guts smell that way because they came off a salad bar
and are covered with some kind of garlic dressing. Trust
me, the real thing has the potential to smell much worse. The
black thing is a spleen, and yes, a stressed out spleen really
does look like that. This particular spleen actually happens
to be made from blackberry jam.