Friday, May 31, 2013

Springmathing wrap up

I would be remiss if I concluded my Springamathing coverage without discussing the happy surprise that was the Novice Performance division.  Historically, novice divisions have not fared well in Colorado, so I was expecting mostly empty classes with a few entries decked out in Breyer tack.  

That's not what I got.
The Western division included two minis owned by Melissa Addison and their tack was worthy of that magnifying glass.  I can't remember who made this set (sorry!)... 
but this little lovely was made by none other than Carol Williams.  According to Melissa, it's the only stablemate scale saddle Carol ever built! 
Barb Horncastle's pair of ISH's where just as well dressed, each wearing a Terry Newberry saddle.  Beautiful! 
This is Barb's English entry--so cute and also very correct. 
Thanks so much to Melissa and Barb for competing in the Springamathing Novice Performance division.  I really enjoyed judging your wonderful entries!

And speaking of judging, my Springmathing judges' model is still available for purchase.
I'm having trouble upgrading my MH$P account, so posting photos here instead.  If anyone is interested, I'm asking $200 plus $15 for shipping. 
That's it for Springamathing.  Tomorrow we start working towards NAN!

Thursday, May 30, 2013


I was hoping to post this earlier, but I didn't actually finish it until just now.
Oh well.  Better late than never, right?

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Almost wordless Wednesday, part two

I'm easily distracted by shiny things, especially horse-shaped shiny things.  Even though I always intend to take pictures of people at a live show, my camera is inevitably drawn to the show tables instead.  Fortunately, Nick Grahn doesn't have this problem.  Some of his best Springamathing photos featured humans rather than horses.  Here are a few of my favorites.  Enjoy!
Jennifer Buxton, Kirsten Wellman and Heather Roell at the judges' meeting
Fabian Rodriguez preparing an Other Performance entry
The Heathers
Jenn Scott

Sandy Lyles
Nancy Dement
Heather Malone
Jim West
Barb Horncastle
Jennifer and Fabian (I have no idea what I'm doing here!)
Lu Heater
Teresa Fedak

Everyone and no one at the Resin Halter callback table!

Almost wordless Wednesday, part one

Although he's not a collector, Nick Grahn is a fixture on the Colorado live show circuit.  He grew up attending shows with his mom, Heather Roell, and even though he's an adult now, we still get to see him every year at Springamathing.  This year he brought his camera and took some of the best live show photos I've ever seen.  Today's posts will feature some of those pictures.  Enjoy!

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Springamathing resin halter

As good as the performance classes were, the most memorable division at this year's Springamathing had to be the Resin Halter division.   From beginning to end, the tables were covered in awesome, and for every model I photographed there were at least another two or three that were equally good.
The Sport Horse division was particularly impressive, featuring not just Second to None...
but this amazing Valor sculpted and painted by Carol  Williams...
and this equally awesome Veronka, also sculpted and painted by Carol Williams.
With so many amazing pieces on the table, top placings were hard to come by.  Most of my horses had to settle for thirds and fourths, but a few managed to claim NAN cards.  This is Frank, a Sarah Rose Khan resin painted by D'arry Jone Frank.  He was the proud winner of the Other/Mixed Sport Breed class.
The Spanish/Gaited division started with an Andalusian/Lusitano class that featured not one...
but two Eberl Cobra mares painted by Carol Williams. 
However, neither of those pieces were the winner.  Instead, top honors went to Fabian Rodriguez's Tumlinson Catalina resin which was finished by Fabian himself.  Can you believe that's his first traditional size paint job?!
This lovely Sarah Rose Independence resin won the Tennessee Walking Horse class...
and Jean Sorensen's Technomage was triumphant in the Saddlebred class.  This is a Kathi Bogucki Dozen Roses resin painted by Sarah Minkiewicz-Breunig. 
The parade of Carol Williams horses...
continued into the Stock Horse division.
Is there anything Carol can't paint? 
Just one amazing model after another!
This Sarah Minkiewicz-Breunig Stormwatch is also amazing, but he's not a Williams model.  I think he was painted by Adalee Velasquez Hude?
Drafters were next and lovely BFF won the Braymere gang's first rosette of the day.  Yay!
The pony division championship went to this Tammy Myrold Ollie Ollie Oxen Free resin which was also painted by Tammy.  So cute! 
Finishing right behind him in reserve was another cute pony, my own newly finished Roundapony. 
The foal division was very good to me.  Here's a look at the foal callback table.  All but one of these models belong to me, but wouldn't you know the one that doesn't was chosen as champion?  Not complaining, mind you.  I would have picked her, too!
Finally, when all the classes had been judged, it was time to name the Overall Champion and Reserve in the Resin Halter division.
Sectional champions and reserves were asked to return to the call back table...
and what a sight it was to see so many amazing horses... 
in one place! 
Any one of them could have been champion, but this time the big winner was Carol Johnson's Sarah Minkiewicz-Breunig Orinoco resin painted by Carol Williams. 
In Reserve was Second to None, a Carol Williams Victrix resin painted by Liz Shaw.  This beautiful mare is also owned by Carol Johnson. 
Congratulations, Carol, and thank you so much for bringing your amazing horses to Colorado! 
Additional thanks to show holder, Heather Roell, resin halter judge, Heather Malone and everyone else who contributed to this year's Springamathing show.  I had such a great time.  I'm already counting the days until next year's installment!