Thursday, April 5, 2018

Circle C Classic Fun Show report

There's been a lot of talk about the future of model horse showing lately, but personally, I see no cause for alarm. The old system may be changing, but the future looks bright with lots of innovative, stand-alone shows springing up across the country. Today's guest post is about one of those shows. Thank you, Maggie, for letting us share in the fun!

Circle C Classic “Micro Mania” Fun Show

by Maggie Jenner-Bennett

A few months ago I was announcing at the last Circle C Classic show here in North Carolina and considering what sort of show I’d like to see. It occurred to me that not only would a fun show focused on micro minis be great, but that the next planned show for the space was intended to be very small—so perhaps half the show hall might be available! And, indeed, it was, so the “Micro Mania” fun show came into being. I knew from the start that I wanted this to be a show where everyone participated, and that I didn’t want to struggle with finding judges. I also knew that I wanted to give out lots and lots of great prizes. And if I could show some of my horses, that would be neat, although it was by no means necessary. 
One of the things that always bothers me when showing really little horses is the low, uneven light in most show halls. You just can’t see details without bright light! So I decided that for an all-micro mini show it was really important to me to put in as much light as possible. I made these very simple stands and pulled all of the LED lights out of my shop. They provide wonderfully bright, diffused light, without any heat!
The AR/CM show table was bright! I didn’t have enough lights to cover all the rings, so the original finish table on the right was placed under one of the overhead lights.
This was intended to be a fun show, so I wasn’t worried about NAN qualification. Instead of having one or two judges, we asked every shower to judge every class. That meant everyone got to look at all the pretty ponies! Our judging method was simple: place three pennies next to your choice for first, two for second, and one for third (and of course, don’t place horses you own or painted). There was no specific judging criteria besides “Place the ones you like the best.” Unfortunately, the show hall was broken into over the previous night and someone stole our pennies! Happily replacement pennies were quickly located, so we were able to continue as planned.
Beth’s husband, Fletcher, tallied the pennies and handed out ribbons. He also reorganized the used pennies into little stacks of six after each class so showers could easily grab a stack to judge!
The good lighting made photos show up nicely! 
Every first place horse won an artist resin, whether they were AR, CM, or OF! 
If one of my horses, or a horse owned by my assistant Beth, placed first, we moved the prizes down such that second, third, and fourth received the prizes. I figured that kept it fair and fun—and Beth and I don’t need any more unpainted micro minis!
Even little classes, like this two-horse CM class, took home prizes!
Of course, some classes were rather larger. And incredibly hard to judge—AR draft was full of amazing pieces.
Everyone managed, though.
Stephanie Blaylock’s amazing Donner and Blitzen ended up tying for first, so we gave them each a prize! We could have had another round of judging with just those two, which was in the show rules, but it’s a fun show and what could be more fun than more prizes!
Here’s many of our showers judging!
And here’s our champion call-backs...
and a picture of everyone who showed! Thank you all for coming out, and I hope you’ll come to the next one—because there definitely will be a next one!
Taylor and Erika with their loot! They won all these resins at the show. I believe we gave out twenty five to thirty resins, plus about the same number of busts and medallions!
I’d never held a show before, and honestly most of the work to hold this one was done by Beth Patterson and Stephanie Blaylock. Trying out this new format was an adventure, and I think it went great! Even with the theft, and halfway through the day the fire alarm going off in the show hall (false alarm, but incredibly loud and bright with the flashing strobes), everyone seemed to have a fun time.


  1. As if I needed more incentive to do minis!! Congrats, Maggie, I've often worried about lights at shows and this was a fine solution. What venue was your hall?

  2. LOVE love Love! And reminiscent of some “shoebox shows” held for fun by hobbyists in Midwest with minis that were judged in this manner with fun prizes. Good times! Thank you for sharing the gorgeous Micros!!!

  3. This looks like so much fun! Well done on holding such an awesome show, Maggie and being so generous with the prizes :) I'm really interested in the lighting idea--may have to try something similar for my show in May.