It's finally time again - time to show! In 2018 I attended four shows, most of which were ones I had also attended in previous years. This year, though, I've only been to one show - BreyerWest. Although BreyerWest was a lot of fun, it was also Breyer horses only, and I threw together a cheap show string of OF stablemates that ended up being judged by someone I know I wasn't the only one thinking was questionable in their choices. It wasn't really a "true" show for me, where I got to show my actual show string, basically. But it was fun nonetheless.
That was back in March, and now it's almost October and I'm just dying to show. Having not gotten in my good three or four shows like the past few years has given me the itch, but that's what happens when you move across the ocean I suppose. However, the time has finally come again to show, this time in an entirely fresh crowd of faces, as the show will be held in Germany! I am very excited to see how shows differ here from shows back home, as well as meet the many lovely hobbyists over here who have been nothing but welcoming to their community thus far. Also, I'm just ecstatic to show in general once again. I am packed and ready to go, class lists and documentation printed, and ready with a few extra pony pouches just in case some new horses come home with me.
I will definitely be brining one "new" one home, a resin I sent to German artist Sarah Bieber (more commonly known as abellystudio) to be painted, which is completed - and gorgeous - and I'll be picking up from her at the show, which she is also attending. I'm so looking forward to seeing him in person as her work is gorgeous and from the photos alone he just seems spectacular. I also have my eye on a custom sculpted stablemate from another artist and cash in hand to pay for it... so we'll see what all happens! My next blog post will be a show recap and results, so stay tuned (whoever out there actually reads these, which is probably just me).
Well, I've done another one of those hobby things that I said I'd never do but then went ahead and did it anyways. That being, buying tack. I did used to own and love having tack and accessories in my early carpet herd days. I'm sure I had most of Breyer's flimsy tack sets at some point or another. And while, today, I can greatly appreciate the incredible details and workmanship in performance tack, props, and dioramas, I decided it wasn't for me. That level of detail requires a lot of patience, even just to put together on show day, and I don't have it.
Still, when I bought my Leonardo resin last year, I immediately thought, "boy, he would look incredible in a nice Portugese tack set." I sat on that thought for a while, even started looking at tack maker studios and such. Finally, earlier this year, a tack maker who had become my favorite opened up commissions and I decided I'd jump on a slot and take the plunge. That tack maker was Anna of RED ANIMA Studio, a Russian artist (not the same Russian Anna who painted the Leo - that's Anna Zaharenkova). After a few months, the tack set was done and sent to me and it just arrived - and I am blown away.
Anna created my dream set, exactly as I had envisioned it only better. The level of details is absolutely insane. Stitching in the soft felt saddle, itty-bitty buckles, straps, leather tooling, and everything else you could think of. I mean just look at the immaculate workmanship:
I was also super pleased to see that it works with Leo so well. The black, gold, and bright splash of red really suit him. Overall, it's absolutely incredible and I have zero regrets buying it.
That said, I'm still not going to get into performance. It took me a good half hour just getting all these tiny buckles adjusted and on him, and my shaky hands did me no favors. I can't imagine trying to pull this off on show day. You performance showers out there who are changing tack sets and props constantly from class to class truly have my respect! I think I'm mostly going to have this set as an excuse to go take some nice photos of Leo galavanting around in his fancy stuff!
Last week I picked up my Hamilton from the post office. He is the second release of the 2019 Breyer Premier Club, and one I was very excited for. I used to have a 10 horse conga of the Peter Stone saddlebred mold, and I do love a nice saddlebred. Though I don't have any of those anymore, I still do have some other saddlebreds of various types (such as my Sarah Rose Reveler resin). This guy was a beautiful racking saddlebred in the color I was most hopeful for when I first saw the sneak peeks of the sculpt - a bay cat-tracked tobiano, with mapping of course. Almost like some kind of dream come true!
Unfortunately, many of them were coming with flaws. I had to wait over a month for mine as Breyer takes two weeks just to get international orders sent out, let alone the extra two weeks for it to actually travel across the ocean and process through customs. I was terrified mine would come with flaws as bad as others were getting - it's too expensive and long to deal with a replacement internationally. Luckily, mine didn't have any white paint all over the face or similar as others had, but it wasn't flaw free. One of his ears is covered in tiny bubbles under the paint, and he has a few weird "crazing" spots in his paint that others don't seem to have. But from a distance, at least, he does look nice... I'm keeping him and maybe someday I'll fix the ear, or trade him for a better Hamilton. I do want to have one, because it is a gorgeous release.
I'm hopeful someday they'll release him in a nicely shaded, classic Saddlebred chestnut with just a minimal amount of chrome. Throw in some gloss and I'll buy one no matter what.
Other than that, I recently emptied my collection cabinet out so it could be move over a bit and be anchored to the wall. It was moved to make room for a future second cabinet, when I need more space for more horses. In three weeks I will also be going to my first show since BreyerWest in March, and my second show this year. It'll be my first time showing in Europe, as it's being held in Germany. I'm exceptionally excited for it - just as I am for any show, but I think a little extra because it's been so long and it'll be a kind of new experience. It should be a lot of fun and I'm interested to see how my horses do with an entirely new crowd of competition!
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