Off To The Races Live 2018 has come and gone just this past weekend, and what a show! The competition was extremely tough and I have to say, it was definitely one of my least successful shows. I brought mostly resins and ended up with only three ribbons from that entire division. Every horse there was gorgeous, I'm sure the judges were having just as tough of a time deciding when so many of them were deserving of ribbons.
Regardless of my not-so-good placings, I still had an incredible time and I did actually walk away with two placings that meant a lot to me. As I mentioned in my last post this was going to be the first show where I brought and exhibited my own paint work. This was mostly done on customs but I did bring one resin I painted myself - the first time I've ever painted a resin - and I was both excited and nervous to see how it did. That resin was Sarah Rose's new saddlebred, Reveler, that I painted a couple months ago to a classic dark shaded chestnut that saddlebreds often have. I was prepared to be excited if he was awarded a 6th place ribbon, especially knowing he'd be up against mostly Sarah Rose's other widely popular Independence and Mini Independence resins. But my heart stopped when I walked up to the table and saw a first place ribbon next to him, and I was even more ecstatic when he ended up pulling a reserve champion in the light and gaited section:
Another notable placing came from the likes of one of the only OF Breyers I brought along with me. I have diminished my OF traditional plastic collection to nearly nothing and the only three Breyers I brought to show were a classic haflinger mare, a black PAF, and my Shannondell. I was really looking forward to showing the Shannondell in particular. He is one of the nicest of his run I have ever seen, with extra dark and dynamic shading especially on his head. He also has the most crisp and nicest mapping and masking I have personally ever seen. Everything about him was nice - but not his price, that I paid quite a pretty penny for. I have only been holding onto him for this long instead of selling him like the rest of my Breyers because I wanted to show him so badly, knowing he would do well. And do well he did!
Alas, like the rest of my OF Breyers, he must now move on. I was able to show him and receive the results I was hoping for, so I am selling him in hopes that he can move on to a more active show home where he can do just as well for them. I really would prefer to collect resins and minis only at this point and he is one of just a couple left that has to go. He's certainly been a pleasure to own in the mean time! He's up on my Ebay right now, which is linked to on my contact page.
Other than that, the show was a blast. I saw so many gorgeous models, talked with many people, and had a great time. I even won a raffle item - this time a "mystery bag" that ended up containing a Breyer Smokin' Doubledutch, a SMC Wolfgang, a Stone Chips friesian, a bunch of fun Breyer buttons, and a really great horse breed reference book. What fun! I was more than happy with the memories and things I walked away with from that show.
My total ribbon count was 20 and 6 fresh NAN cards, plus the reserve champion and champion rosettes. Not my best, but still not too shabby! As far as other show plans, the other two shows that usually happen in the spring have been rescheduled to fall and I'm not sure where else I'll be able to show in the meantime. I will be overseas for all of May and likely visiting family in June or July, and by September I may even be moving. We'll see if I can get to another show in the meantime!
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