Friday, July 24, 2020

Why I'm not showing this weekend

A few years ago, Teresa and I drove up and over the mountains to attend a show in Grand Junction, Colorado.
We met up with Fabian and Kiersten for dinner and had the best time walking around downtown Grand Junction.
The next morning, we got up bright and early and headed over to the show hall.
Formal Attire was the Champion of a small but tough performance division, just besting his brother owned by Teresa.
Hoka Hey was also a big winner in the halter division. It was a really fun day.
After the show, we had another group dinner, and the next day, Teresa and I drove back over the mountains. There were eagles. It was fabulous.
The entire weekend was a perfect mix of gorgeous scenery, great companionship and plastic ponies. It was the best of the Before Times.
I would love to do that again, and I suppose I could. There is, in fact, a model horse show in Grand Junction this weekend.
It's not the first show that's taken place since the pandemic started. There have been plenty of others in Colorado, Wyoming, California, Utah, Texas and Kansas. To the best of my knowledge, no one has been infected with the corona virus at any of these shows. That's good, but it doesn't mean it's safe. Because really, it's not safe.
Yesterday the United States recorded its four millionth case of Covid-19. The CDC predicts there will be thirty thousand new Covid related deaths between now and August 15. Colorado is doing better than some states, but we still had over six hundred new cases yesterday alone.
I understand that we can't hide in our houses indefinitely. People need to earn a living, and some risks are unavoidable. But let's be honest, no one needs to go to a model horse show. Plastic ponies aren't worth dying for.
I know we're all tired of the corona virus, but we can't just wish it away. Please find another way to get your model horse fix. Enter a photo show, set up a Zoom call, schedule a socially distanced outdoor visit with a local hobby friend.
If you really do need to attend that show, for the love of all things plastic, please wear a mask. I love you all, and I really want us to be able to get together again on the other side of this. Until then, stay home, stay safe.


  1. Could you suggest or link some good photo shows? I'm having an exceedingly hard time finding them, especially as I am new to the hobby. I know about MEPSA, but I am wondering whether there is anything else.

    1. Most of the ones I know of have already happened. Specifically, I am thinking of BreyerFest Live and Card Shark Live. Both were hosted on Smug Mug. I'd never used that platform before, but after entering and judging Card Shark, I am a fan. It's so easy to use, and I really like not having to mail out pictures.

      This weekend is looking busy, but I'll try to do a photo show round up on the Braymere FB page. If I get enough to turn into a post, I'll do that, too.

    2. As of about ten minutes ago, there's a brand new Facebook group for online showing info. Check it out here.

    3. I do Mepsa and absolutely love it because it involves composition as well as conformation. There are bunch of photo show groups on Facebook - some are free and some have a small fee.

      Silver Star Model Horse Photo Show:

      USOMHS (Online Model Horse Show):

      Mabel's Online Model Horse Show:

      Arabian Nights - Virtual Photo Show:

      I don't know if the Arabian Nights show is a once a year thing or a monthly thing - it's new this year and they are almost finished with the judging for the first show.

      Breyer Photo Monthly Shows:

      It is awesome seeing that photo shows are making a comeback!

    4. These are great! Thanks for sharing the info!

  2. My plan while not showing is putting together a new group of epic performance entries with my new horse. Her new tack should be here soon! I guess I need to make a doll...

    1. I just got some new dolls, so I guess I need to make some tack... Funny how that works!

    2. Yeah, new stuff, new projects. I guess we won't have time to be bored!

  3. <3 Thank you for making this post! The more we do as a community to limit non-essential gatherings and advocate for wearing proper masks, the sooner we will overcome this.