I came home yesterday after a busy weekend! Off To The Races Live was a blast, despite some drama, and I walked away with a small stack of ribbons, a raffle prize, and fun memories. This was my show table:
Out of my 40 horses, I came back with 4 fresh NAN cards. The competition was tough - there were hundreds of horses being shown and most of the OF classes, both large and mini, were always loaded. I'm especially proud of a few placings in particular. Tezari was damaged just a month before the show, paint badly scraped on his show side, and I thought for sure his show career was over. Luckily, I sent him off to Meghan Namaste and she fixed him back up and sent him back to me ready to show. He got himself a first place and his second NAN card! My chestnut Lady Phase managed to pull a fifth in an extremely huge OF Breyer QH class, for a $30 purchase she was up against some pricy ponies and placed well.
All in all, it was a fun weekend and I have to give major props to the show host for all the work they put into setting everything up and running the show throughout the day. Next up is North Star Live on May 13th and then Raise The Roof Live in June after that!
To think that just last year I participated in my first live model horse show at the 2016 North Star Live in Big Lake, Minnesota. It was the only show that year within driving distance of me. I was almost disappointed that it ended up being so fun, because now I'd have to wait at least another year before getting the chance to show again. I live in a pretty quiet area as far as showing goes. They just don't come up very often around here. And by "around here," I mean within a four hour driving distance. That's how far NSL was, and that's about as far as I'm willing to travel for plastic ponies. No other shows popped up within that distance for the rest of 2016 and I was losing hope.
Not this year, though! 2017 has proved to be a bit of a revival for shows in my area. North Star Live is happening again, of course, but so is Off To The Races Live! and just today another show in the same area as NSL has been announced - Raise The Roof Life! in Becker, Minnesota. I'm ecstatic! The one downside is all of these are within a couple months of each other. OTTRL is just a few days away, then NSL is only three weeks after that, and RTRL will be on June 10th - a little under a month after NSL. After these three, I have no idea when the next show will take place or where (Fargo show, anyone?), but I am certainly glad to see Region 4 get some more shows that aren't in Wisconsin.
In any case, all my ponies are tagged and ready for this Saturday and my next post will hopefully be some show results!
I felt the need to make a post about this! I'm brimming with love for my family. I know some hobbyists out there struggle with family members or friends judging them for being in the model horse hobby and I feel lucky enough to not be one of those people. A hobby is a hobby, and it's meant to be enjoyed by the person in them. If someone has a weird or unusual hobby there is absolutely no reason to judge them for it so as long as it's a hobby that doesn't effect other people negatively. That's that!
I mentioned in my last post that my mom was coming with me to my next show (which is a little over a week away). I asked her if she wanted to come initially because it was next to her home town and thought we could make a bit of a weekend out of it and visit the places where she grew up, old friends, and stop by the graves of her parents (my grandparents) which are in a local cemetery there. She's not a horse person, let alone model horses, and this has always been my hobby alone in my family. So really, this was going to be a trip for her to catch up on things while I had my show.
What I didn't expect was her eagerness to be involved with the show itself and how excited she's gotten about it! She told me she has been watching a lot of tutorial videos and reading up on how to's and guidelines about model horse shows. She surprised me with a whole show package of things she learned about that I'd need. A nice table cloth, a whole arsenal of make up brushes, a huge horse breed book for documentation (even though I usually write and print my own), and even a coloring book titled "Let's Go to the Model Horse Show" by Sarah Tregay that we can work on between classes. My stepdad even constructed a model horse holder for me, felt-covered sides and all, all without me even asking.
I am so blown away by their support and how much my mom wants to be involved in the show. Truly I am ecstatic to go to this show!
Gotta give an honorable mention to my true love and ever-supportive boyfriend, he can't be here to support me directly through most of the year and he's kinda scared of horses in real life (though he won't admit it), he knows how much this hobby means to me and even was kinda sad when I was selling off my childhood carpet herd saying I should keep some because they are special! I am so happy I am surrounded by people who love and support me through and through - I couldn't be luckier than I am.
Anyways, enough gushing from me :) Next weekend I should have lots of show photos to share here!
Now that there is for sure two shows coming up (Off To The Races Live! on April 22 and North Star Live on May 13), I'm finally finishing up my show string in preparation. I tend to stick to certain breed types which gets me stuck in just a few divisions that I load with the max amount - and still have some left over! But lately I have added some RR traditional Breyers to expand the amount of divisions I can show in. Recently I added a Beachcomber, the new Croi Flagship special, as my one and only pony. That's right, I have absolutely NO other ponies in my entire collection. I also added Valegro as a European Warmblood and a Lady Phase for stock since I was lacking on those, as well. Spanish and gaited breeds are my area of interest but I don't have room for more. Right now I feel pretty confident with where I'm at.
With the addition of Zahrat, the second SM club release, I'll be bringing 40 horses with me - a pretty big jump from the 20 I brought for my first show. Another fun thing is that my mom has decided to come with me to this next show since it is in her home town. This'll be the first model horse show she's ever attended (she's not a collector, herself, and doesn't know much about the hobby) but she's excited to be a part of it. We're going to make a weekend trip out of it and spend some time in the town and hanging out with some old friends of her. It should be a great weekend! North Star Live was officially announced for May 13 and I have sent my entry in, but I will most likely be attending that one alone like last year.
It'll be a busy few weeks!
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