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:
This was especially exciting for my considering the competition I was up against. Especially in the arabian/part arab classes, there were many horses painted by the likes of Carol Williams and other top tier artists. How my little ASB managed to scoot his way over them and receive a reserve champion still has my head reeling! I was extremely honored, and the judge even asked me who painted him and complimented him profusely, especially regarding his expression. I seriously cannot thank her enough. It is quite a confidence boost and has me driven to keep practicing and keep painting!
Shannondell managed to get first in a large british/euro draft class over at least three other Shannondells if I recall correctly, plus plenty of other beautiful models. Not only that, but he went on to get champion of the entire draft/pony section, much to my delight! According to the judge, he was also one of the three she considered for overall OF Breyer champion, but he was edged out by the other two - which were very well deserved wins! The models at this show were all phenomenal. I was more than happy with how Shannondell performed, in fact this is pretty much exactly what I was hoping for and then some. He even snagged a third place ribbon in collectibility later in the show!
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!