|Meme by Model Horse Blab member, Unbridled396|
Although most of my early efforts left a lot to be desired, I never got discouraged.
Instead, I kept working at it...
and eventually I got better.
We moved to Colorado in 1998, and within months, I'd discovered the local live show scene. Since I didn't own any fancy halter horses, all my attention was focused on the performance classes. My entries weren't particularly good, at least not by today's standards. Still, I managed to bring home more than my share of NAN cards.
|Raindrops on Roses, Etiquette and Roll 'em Pete|
After the birth of my children, I took a long break from the live show ring. I did not, however, take a break from the hobby. Instead, I used that time to improve my tackmaking skills and build my resin collection. When I returned to showing in 2006, I did so with a vengeance.
|Getaway at Devilish Kokopelli Live, 2006|
It's been full speed ahead ever since.
|Getaway, Balthazar and Dun Up Purdy at Devilish Kokopelli Live, 2009|
I've shown numerous models to numerous championships...
|Emma at Rocky Mountain Rendezvous 2010|
and I've also judged performance in three different regions.
|Show for the Cure, Itasca, Illinois 2011|
I know there are a lot of hobbyists who view performance showing as impossibly difficult and unattainably expensive. I disagree on both counts. There's no doubt that performance showing requires a front end investment in both knowledge and equipment. However, once you master the basics, you're set for life.
|Princess Trillium at the GLC No Frills Holiday show, 2012. I had not seen this model (even in photos) prior to the show date, and still managed to show her to an Overall Performance Championship.|
One of my newest blog goals is to help new performance showers conquer their performance anxiety. Trust me, people--it's not as hard as you think it is.
|Meme by Kate Cabot|
Have a performance related question or suggestion? Please post it in the comments section. I'm working on a list of topics and welcome the input.