Thursday, March 31, 2016

A good raffle

The prizes for Sarah Minkiewicz-Breunig's A Good Vintage show were really lovely.
Happily, even non-entrants had a chance to win something. Every single person who participated in judging was automatically entered to win a set of small ceramic tiles. I really wanted to win.
I didn't. 
Later that day, this mysteriously appeared inside my wallet. 
Thank you, Mackenzie! You didn't have to do that, but I'm so glad you did!

A good vintage

The Youth/Novice Show wasn't the only show held on BreyerWest Saturday. Sarah Minkiewicz-Breunig also hosted A Good Vintage Live: a Vintage Custom Showcase.
Entries were sorted by date of creation displayed throughout the day. Judging was done by people's choice. Spectators were given tickets, which were placed in the cups alongside each model.
The red table was reserved for models created in the 1970's. There were only two of these, but they were both lovely. This little Hartland foal was customized by Maness in 1973! 
The Appaloosa Lady Phase is just a little bit younger, having been created by Ava Durbin in 1976.
Models from the 1980's were placed on the yellow table.
Many of the decade's most iconic artists were represented, including Kathy Maestas,
Laurie Jo Jensen. 
and Chris Cook (now Chris Flint).
This is  Bear Paw, an Adios customized by Candice Evans. He is believed to have been created in 1981.
Sunday Sweet Pea's artist was not listed, but she sure is cute.
The blue tables were filled with models from the 1990's.Miss Doo Little.
This is Miss Doo Little, aBreyer Quarter Horse Yearling which created in 1994. 
Many of these models, like Cece Osborn's Queen of Hearts, are still competitive in today's showring.
Love those Capwell spots!
This is Roxana el Shaklan, a Breyer PAM customized by Ray Ann Sneathen in 1991.
The next three models were all created by Michelle Grant.
 This amazing piece is Chinook's Desert Desire.
The Belgian is Chinook's H Colleen...
and the zebra is Chinook's Zarley Zalapski. I remember seeing this guy's picture in Just About Horses many, many years ago. I was impressed then and am still impressed now. He is amazing!
At the end of the day, the tickets were counted and prizes distributed. Top Ten winners were awarded custom made ceramic tiles. 
First and second place winners were given resin medallions. 
So many worthy choices! 
 Congratulations to all the winners!
Thank you to Sarah Minkiewicz-Breunig and everyone else who participated in this show. This truly was a wonderful showcase of our hobby's history.

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Almost Wordless Wednesday

Entrants in the BreyerWest Youth/Novice Show were prohibited from using "professional" tack and props in their entries. Everything on the table needed to either Breyer or self-made. This restriction would be a serious challenge for most open performance showers, myself included, but the kids and novices made it look easy. Today's post features some of my favorite entries from the Youth/Novice performance division. Enjoy!
BreyerWest Youth Novice Show prizes
BreyerWest Youth/Novice Show judges: Sarah Minkiewicz-Breunig, Traci Durrell-Khalife and Leah Koerper 
BreyerWest Youth/Novice Show Overall Performance Reserve Champion
BreyerWest Youth/Novice Overall Performance Champion

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Stablemate showcase

After watching Lesli and Sarah paint a couple stablemates, I just had to try it for myself. It was fun, but also really hard.
photo by Erin Corbett
 Here's my pony (chestnut) next to Mandy Hood's (bay splash). I like hers better!
Some of the other hobbyists who painted stablemates at BreyerWest included Kelly Weimer,
 Stacy Quick,
and Dayle Steinke.
Since Dayle...
and Lynn shared a palette... 
their stablemates were almost identical!
It's difficult painting realistic colors with craft paint and floppy brushes, so some people, including Mackenzie,
Heather...
and Leah decided to go the decorator route.
Leah's stablemate turned out particularly nice. 
His other side. 
The cutest painter award went to Erin's daughter, Olive
Here's her masterpiece. 
This was so much fun! Big thanks to Breyer for supplying the stablemates...
and paint.
Thanks also to every single person...
who volunteered their time in the painting area.
Photo by Leah Koerper
Maybe next year we can have a Stablemate painting challenge class?