If you were to make a list of model horse shows worth attending, Shannon Southard's A Midwinter Night's Ball would have to be near the top of the list.
Held each January in Georgetown, Texas, this long-running, two day show has something for everyone: a huge class list with a multitude of divisions,
tons of really nice prizes,
great shopping and raffle opportunities,
lots of food,
and some of the nicest people you'd ever want to meet!
I was there to judge the performance classes, and let me tell you, that was not an easy task. Texas has a reputation for being a performance mecca, and it's easy to see why. The classes, particularly in the Western divisions, were big and deep. It was simultaneously wonderful and painful having to place them.
Fortunately, my hard work was extremely well rewarded. Shannon takes outstanding care of her judges. In addition to covering my airfare, car service and housing, she also sent me home with a wonderful assortment judge's gifts.
I had so much fun at A Midwinter Night's Ball. Everything about this show was absolutely first rate. Thank you, Shannon, for holding such an amazing party!
Thanks also to Ellie Figment, Carrie Richmond, Erin Corbett, Vicky Norris, Marilyn Jensen and Shannon Southard for contributing photos to this post!