I was very proud of this placing! He was immediately knocked out of the running in Off To The Races Live without so much as being glanced at because apparently that judge didn't like Drum Horses. She knocked out every other Rainier (there were 3 or 4 in total there I think) as well, didn't even bother inspecting them, just instantly wanted them off the table. So this time he actually had a chance and he proved himself!
Other notable placings was a NAN card for my Faran resin painted by Angelica Nelson, Vicente. He came second to a fabulous Lucius resin painted by Mindy Berg and owned by Mary Berry who went on to win overall AR champ (a well deserved win). He placed over my Fausto and someone else's plus a Fuerte, and quite a few other pretty resins. I was very happy with him! My Fausto and mini Cameo (also by Nelson) both placed in the same class.
My chestnut treasure hunt Lady Phase "Miss Jazz Kitty" was in a ginormous class of beautiful QH mares, most of which were also Lady Phases (they are very popular here in my region) and very pricy, rare models. I am glad I wasn't the judge of that class, with 30+ horses that are all superbly beautiful, it would have been a near impossible decision! The judge said when she finished pinning the class that she wish she could have placed down 6 blue ribbons instead of the 1-6th place ribbons she did, and my Lady Phase was one of them! She got 4th, but I wasn't expecting a placing at all with such tough competition. For a horse I paid $30 for, against things like Conns and even a raffle model, I was very happy with the result.
All in all, it was a fantastic show. It was very well run and ran perfectly smoothly - not a single hiccup all day. We were also treated to free pizza from the show host and everyone seemed very happy with how it went!
Now, for some other updates. It was my plan to sell off a bunch of OF traditional models after this show. Raise The Roof Live was announced for June and I was tempted to hold onto them until then, but I'm sticking to my original schedule. Unfortunately that means some horses have had to move out! This includes Rainier, which was a hard one to let go, but I want to get out of OF plastic and more into resins and he's a great way to fund that. Plus, he's a total shelf eater! A few others have also already been sold and shipped and I have more up for sale.
Because of this, however, I now have some funds to do something I've been meaning to do for a while: get my two naked resins painted! Gabriel is the first one out, currently with (who else) Angelica Nelson of Elk Horn Stables Studio. I wont reveal what he's being painted as just yet, but I don't think any other Gabriel has been done in this color thus far. Tinkerbell will be next but I'm waiting a bit on her until I have a very comfortable amount of funds set aside for that. And I am still somewhat undecided on a color. Usually I know exactly what I want them done as before I even have the resin in my hands, but as soon as this girl showed up I was torn between what I had planned and a dozen other options. Woe is me!
In the mean time, I will be traveling to visit family over the next two weeks and will get home just before Raise The Roof Live - literally just a couple days before! There will likely be no updates until then, so expect the next post here to be those show results!