Friday, May 31, 2019

TJS Jackpot Performance

I attended my first show as an entrant in 1999. It was a small show and not a NAN qualifier. There were two halter divisions: Original Finish and - essentially - not Original Finish. My Beswick Highland beat all the Mistys and Cantering Welsh Ponies in the pony class. It was great.
My table at March Madness, 1999
Now, of course, that wouldn't happen. Original Finish is always split by media and often by scale and manufacturer. Resins and Customs are rarely - if ever - combined, Custom Glaze Chinas have come into their own, and collectibility and workmanship divisions are a thing. There's no doubt, halter showing has come a long way in the last twenty years.
Halter champions plus one performance pony at Rocky Mountain Spring Fling, 2018
The same can not be said for Performance.
Jane Schneider's Ronin at the Rocky Mountain Model Horse Expo, 1999
The quality of our entries has improved immensely, but our class lists have stayed mostly the same.
Flying Phoenix showing in High Performance Hunters, Battle of Breeds 2018
I shouldn't complain. I've had...
Flicker of Sunshine, Overall Performance Champion at Wild Wild West Live, 2007
a lot...
Emma, Overall Performance Champion at Rocky Mountain Rendezvous, 2010
of success...
Jennibray, Overall Performance Champion at Springamathing, 2014
with the "show one horse in three divisions" format.
Olivia, Overall Performance Champion at Rocky Mountain Spring Fling 2018
Still, the best and most enjoyable showing experiences of my hobby life have involved non-traditional performance class lists.
My Pink! class entry at Candyland Live, 2019
I absolutely loved the breed-based performance classes at Nae Keller's Battle of Breeds...
Team Braymere at Battle of Breeds, 2018
and the themed performance classes - and entries - at Heather Malone's Candyland Live were just about the best thing ever.
Jackie Rossi's Over Fences entry at Candyland Live, 2019
I know most of the hobby is more attached to the old-style, three-division performance format than I am, so that's what we're doing Saturday at the Jennifer Show.
The Sunday performance class list is a lot more interesting. We're starting the day with the Performance Challenge, and then it's five Performance Jackpot classes. These will be stand-alone themed performance classes with really big prizes.
I am so excited about the future of model horse performance showing, and I can't wait to see what's on the table at the Jennifer Show Performance Jackpot.

Thursday, May 30, 2019

Another newbie

Lindsay and Mickey aren't the only new original finish models in my collection. I also picked up this gorgeous North Light Hunter from Teresa at Indian Paintbrush Live.
Per Teresa's excellent collectibility documentation, Irish Whiskey is a special order color that was produced in the mid 1990's. 
I have a soft spot for North Light models, and this one is absolutely gorgeous.
With his braided mane and bright, white coat, he looks ready for the show ring.
Thank you so much, Teresa. I love him!

Pony power

I don't actively collect original finish models, but every now and then a company - usually Breyer - makes something so ridiculously cute I just can't help myself. That's how I ended up with Josine Vingerling's Rhian and Cadell.
These little cuties are the newest offerings for  Breyer's Premiere Club members. I am not a member, but fortunately, Lindsay Diamond was willing to trade her ponies for a small pile of bridles. Almost all my Welsh ponies have the prefix "Ravenwoods" so I've named them Ravenwoods Lindsay and Ravenwoods Mickey.
The foal is ridiculously cute.
If - god forbid - I ever happen to be judging OF Breed at a show you're attending, please bring me all your Cadell foals. I think he's the best baby in the Breyer line-up. 
And this mare...
I adore her. 
Mine has a really good paintjob so she will stay OF, but eventually I want one in every (custom) color and hairdo.
She's also a really nice size - just a little smaller than Misty and plenty big enough to use with a youth doll in performance.
Don't be surprised if I have a whole bunch of Rhian sized tack for sale at BreyerFest. This is the OF pony I have been waited decades for, and I'm looking forward to seeing her in the performance ring!

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Sword outtakes

Ryan is not a rider so I was surprised when he offered to hop up onto Thunder's bare back today.
Thunder was the perfect horse for this photo shoot. He is small, brave and very amenable. However, he's also a little bit bratty. After standing quietly for several photos, he decided it was time to go eat some grass.
Ryan never saw it coming. One moment he was posing for the camera. The next moment his horse was gaiting running! down the road. 
I would like to say that I talked him through the rough spot, but Ryan will tell you that all he could hear was me laughing and the sound of my camera's shutter.
My favorite emergency pony, Sir Cinnabon, whinnied at us as we were leaving the barn, so I told Ryan to show him the sword.
Cinnabon's eyes almost popped out of his head! 
Come closer, my pretty. 
Over it. 
Cinnabon's neighbor, Cricket also wanted in on the sword action. 
Next time, I swear, we're taking it out into the mosh pit gelding field.
Okay, Ryan. I admit it. I really, really like your sword!

Almost wordless Wednesday

For reasons I will never understand, Ryan bought a really big, really dull sword from someone on Craig's List.

"What are you going to do with that?" I asked him when he tried to make me admire it. "Maybe I should start charging you rent if you have this much money for toys."

The next day, he tried to make me admire it again, but this time he said, "I bet you'd like it a lot if we were taking pictures with it at the barn."

It's like he knows me or something.

P.S. Now I love the sword.

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Indian Paintbrush wrap-up

I often say that the best part of any show is the people, and that was definitely the case with Anna Miller's Indian Paintbrush Live
Anna Miller judging the Breyer classes
Although I spent a lot of time with my Colorado friends...
Fabian Rodriguez, Teresa Buzzell and Angelo Zunic
Nae Keller and her mother
I was also delighted to see a lot of new-to-me faces in the show hall. In particular, I enjoyed meeting the Utah contingent of Jacen Tooley,
Laura Jennings...
and Shannon Robinson, all of whom have participated in NaMoPaiMo. I didn't get a picture of Shannon, but here's her NaMoPaiMo unicorn.
Speaking of NaMoPaiMo, this is Jacen's 2018 model...
and Caroline Spracklin's 2019 mini Khemosabi. I love seeing NaMoPaiMo horses in the show ring!
And here's Caroline herself with Teresa. I had so much fun hanging out with her on Friday. I really hope we can do it again sometime!
Of course, as is usually the case, I took a lot more model pictures than people pictures last weekend. Someday I will learn to do better, but believe me when I say that I really enjoyed spending time with all the people of Indian Paintbrush Live. Thank you for making my "consolation prize" weekend so memorable!