Raise The Roof Live! was by far one of my most stressful shows, but also one of the most fun. The beginning stress was my own fault. I decided I was going to just get up early and do the 3 hour drive to the venue on the morning of the show instead of staying in a hotel close to the show the night before like I have for every show i've attended previously. It would mean getting up at 4:00 AM, but that didn't seem like a difficult task to me. Unfortunately, I slept right through my alarm and woke up about 40 minutes to the show hall opening... when I had originally planned on arriving. I had to jump into my clothes, load up my totes into the car, and hit the road as fast as I could (and I did go fast, I believe it was about 10 minutes from realizing I had overslept to backing my car up and heading out). I didn't make it to the show until half an hour after classes started and unfortunately missed about 3 or 4 horses' classes.
The other thing was that I wasn't showing just my horses. I was proxy showing for two other people - my close hobby friend, Rachel, with her 20-ish horses, and another hobbyist's 2 horses. All together I had over 50 horses on my table, I believe, which is quite a bit for me to show. 90% of them were mini artist resins, so when those classes started I was constantly running to and from that ring.
One of the horses I was proxying - a gorgeous bay roan Levi resin - did manage to get a sectional champion, while many of Rachel's horses went home with fresh NAN cards. My own horses, as well, did quite good! I had quite a few new NAN cards plus four sectional champs/reserve champs, plus my biggest achievement to date: two overall grand champions.
"Thoreau," my Leonardo resin with a sectional champ followed by an overall grand champion in workmanship Artist Resin
"Valentin," my Tiny resin with a sectional reserve champion in halter.
"Vicente," my Faran resin with a sectional champ followed by an overall grand champion in halter Mini Artist Resin
"Tezari," my Breyer marwari custom with a sectional reserve champion in halter
With so many shows happening in just the span of a few months, I'm starting to get a little overwhelmed! I've brought home many new rosettes and my NAN card stack has grown a lot. It's crazy to think that it was only a couple of years ago in 2016 that I attended my first show, North Star Live, and that for what probably will be one of my last - if not the last - show I attend in the US is going to be the very same show.
And yes, I will no longer be showing in the US as I am moving to the EU in December. I have been slowly downsizing my collection and it is now strictly resins and minis (both customs and OFs), I no longer have any OF traditionals and only a few traditional CMs.