Things are looking very different around here! The site was starting to look pretty outdated and I thought it was high-time to give it a fresh look. I also reorganized my collection catalogue. I have really cut down on everything outside of resins so I have combined various sections into three main ones: Artist Resin, OF Plastic, and CM plastic. All the horses have been rearranged and their placings cleaned up and updated. I think this is a huge improvement!
I am also going to use this post to give a show report on North Star Live 2018. The show went great! I had a lovely time chatting with other show goers and my placings were pretty good. Although I didn't get much in terms of sectional champs, the one I did get ended up with Overall Grand Champion so I can't really complain. You can probably guess who it was!
Only two shows and two grand champions under his belt already - wowza! This horse continues to impress (and make me feel less bad about how much I had to shell out for him).
There were quite a few other NAN cards achieved with various first and second places. I was especially pleased that the Reveler resin I painted picked up first and a NAN card.
It was a very fun show overall and I'm glad I was able to go. I'm going to miss showing here!
In other news, I never have really talked about it much here, but I have delved into model horse sculpting in this past year and have finally finished and released my very first resin edition. I have a separate website dedicated to my studio, so please take a look!
That's all I've got for now, I think. Exciting stuff!
I failed to update after Raise The Roof Live! 2018 happened last month on September 8th, so we're going to catch up on that now just a couple days before my next show, North Star Live 2018.
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.
It came as no surprise when Leonardo ended up pulling a workmanship overall grand champion. His paintwork is truly divine and he was heavily admired at the show! It is such a pleasure owning him and he's already proven his worth in the ring. I was also very pleased that my Faran resin won his second overall title in mini artist resin, especially when that division was loaded with tons of amazing horses. He continued to do well after I sent him back with Rachel's horses, along with my Fausto resin, to proxy show with her at his very first out-of-region show in Region 1 at Atomic City Live last weekend. He won champion dilute AR (the show had AR/Custom divisions split up into color sections instead of breed) along with a double NAN.
While it is somewhat sad that I won't be able to show here anymore, because I do love it, I hope to enter a new show scene in Europe and likely will be attending German shows as I'll be living in the Netherlands and will be fairly close by. I suppose I should probably learn the language, first! In the mean time, North Star Live is less than 48 hours away and I'm already packed up and ready to go. I hope to end on a good note - we'll see how I do!
This will be my personal blog I'll use to talk about the going-ons of my hobby experience and who knows what else with rambles.