NMTM: Winners, Round 1

April is winding down, and completed projects are trickling in!

Halter and photo by Sarahbeth Barlas.

Halter and photo by Sarahbeth Barlas.

Sarahbeth is a veterinary student and has been working on her halter between all of her coursework and finals. Congrats, Sarahbeth! You're a winner!

Photo by Steffi Honrath

Photo by Steffi Honrath

Steffi makes some amazing english tack, but in her entry said that she hadn't done as much western work, especially not a heavily silvered and carved saddle. I think she knocked it out of the park. Congrats, Steffi! 

Photo by Hailey Magness

Photo by Hailey Magness

Hailey is a self-professed "total noob," but decided tackle a Traditional scale saddle and bridle! For her first english saddle, I think she did a great job. Congrats, Hailey! You're a winner.

Photo by Tina Melin

Photo by Tina Melin

Tina's challenge piece was her first ever saddle! She used the Rio Rondo kit and wow - what a great job she did. Tina posted her progress on her blog; you can read more about it at TiMe Stable and Studio! Congrats, Tina - you're a winner!

Photo by Carrie Sloan Meyer

Photo by Carrie Sloan Meyer

Carrie Sloan Meyer isn't a newbie - she's a very experienced tack maker, as you can see by the tiny parade set she submitted for her NMTM challenge piece. You're a winner, Carrie! Congrats!

(Photos by Kayla Reddick)

Kayla created two halters as her NMTM challenge. The silver show halter was her first leather halter - can you believe it? Kayla, congrats - you're a winner!

Photo by Bethany Shaw

Photo by Bethany Shaw

Bethany's project was one of the highlights of NMTM. She described herself as an "absolute beginner," and this is her first western saddle, and first saddle of any kind. She faithfully documented her progress with her Rio Rondo kit in the Facebook group, and I'm sure that many who were following along had their own questions answered! You may not be able to see it very well, but she even carved her saddle with an owl theme! Congrats, Bethany - you are most definitely a winner.

Photo by Sara Swift

Photo by Sara Swift

Sara decided to try a horned Australian Stock Saddle for her project, based on Carrie Olgun's instructional guide. She did a great job and documented her progress from prototyping to finished project in the Facebook group. Thanks for sharing your expertise and experience, Sara! You're a winner.

 

I'll be posting the rest of the NMTM winners as they trickle in - thanks to everyone that's participated so far!