I'm back!! My maternity break is over and as of yesterday I am officially back "at work". I am still a full time mother though, so am having to run my business around the busy job of looking after my gorgeous little munchkin!
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So, last weekend saw the two day annual event that is the BMECs. BMECs stands for British Model Equine Championships, they are the British equivalent of NAN and DUN and are the place to see the very elite that the UK hobby has to offer. Sadly I couldn't attend both days, as I have to rely on hubby to take care of our little one now, but we all headed to the show on Sunday and got to see the Artist China, Artist Resin and Custom sections.
Preparations for the show were quite frantic, having spent so long out of action, and with so many orders for Capriole yet to be filled I wasn't able to offer copies at the event, I didn't feel I had very much to offer. So, I had a look in my studio and gathered up all the models I had that hadn't met the grade when cast, and decided to have a big seconds sale! I had Night Heather, Moonlit Dale, MM and TT Pony Mare seconds, then I added a few resins from my personal collection (SMB, Pack, Stokes, Chaney and an unknown jumper resin I couldn't identify even after quite a while Googling!).
I donated a few items to the show, including these resin rosettes (I was in too much of a hurry to get a decent photo, sorry). I printed out some little centre stickers for them too, I believe these were given out to the judges at the event.
We set off as early as we could, but any of you with children will understand that this is easier said than done, so with the best will in the world, we managed to arrive after the show was under way. I started to unpack and then got a shout from my friend, Yvette (who has a larger collection of Union Jack models than even I do!). The Artist China section Championship had just been judged, and her bone china Union Jack Pegasus (named Whisper) had taken the top title!! I was also thrilled to see that her earthenware bay leopard appaloosa Union Jack (named Halo) had received a Top Ten rosette too, congratulations Yvette!
I continued to unpack and was delighted to be held up by people wanting MM and TT Pony Mare seconds, they turned out to be super popular! Before we knew it, it was time for the Raffle! Sally Davies and Richard (aka Mr Sally) ran the raffles, there was much excitement as the prizes built up to the Super Raffle crescendo, which had a glossy Copperfox, a beautifully glossed Breyer Cleveland Bay by Hot-to-Trot Models and the coveted top prize of an AA China Irish Draught with claybody-customised braided mane and tail. I had tickets in his pots, but the lucky (and very fitting) winner was Marion Randles, who, along with the other BMECs team members had put in so much work to make the event a success, well done Marion!!
By lunchtime I finally had my table set up, though when I took this photo most of the little resins I'd taken to offer had sold. I'm really glad they got new homes, most were unpainted and I'd had them a long time so hopefully they'll finally get their finishwork! Hubby was brilliant, he took our little lady out for a few walks to keep her occupied and gave her lots of cuddles. She found her first championship event a little overwhelming, but did have a few smiles and giggles while nobody was looking!
I didn't get to see much of the judging, but if you are in the BMECs Facebook Group, then you'll have seen photos of some of the incredible models! I grabbed a few photos (horribly biased towards my own sculpts I'm afraid!) of classes that I got to see, such as these of the Medallions (and busts), I was thrilled to see Albert and Victoria and a Union Jack Minibust taking the top four places. I had to take close-ups of the Albert and Victoria sets, they are so beautifully painted in some delicious colours!
I spotted a few Night Heather resins in the Workmanship Championship too, the Haflinger custom was created by Jana of Dreamland Creations and the Dappled Grey was painted by Christina Riley of Art by C.Riley as a Guest Artist piece, now owned by Laura. I was delighted to see Laura's Night Heather take Reserve to Reserve Workmanship Champion, and Jana's custom won a Top Ten rosette - congratulations ladies!
The tiny little Pony Mares were also in attendance at the event and I was blown away with the details the artists had got onto them. Check out this MM Pony Mare painted to a mind-boggling appaloosa by Jana, and the even tinier TT Pony Mare painted with a decorative underwater scene by Catriona of Chestnut Ridge which just blew my mind! Click on the photos to see them larger.
I had to goggle as they were judging the Workmanship Championships, I think it came down to the wire with placings, as at one point the steward, Mr Sally, announced that all entrants should come back in and dust their models! Much use of fluffy dusting brushes ensued before the top prizes were given out.
I only managed to get one more photo of the show, this was the Artist Resin Championship (spread over two tables). I was thrilled to see a Little One resin in amongst the best-of-the-best, still showing incredibly well for her owner, Debi. This little lady was painted by Deb Brown and has had a wonderful Live Show career, I'm so pleased she is still going so strong! Hubby and my own Little One waited the last of the afternoon out inspecting the floor in the sales area, they were quite happy chilling out while I ran around like a lunatic trying to sell, catch up with my friends and try to watch the show. I was so grateful to have such a wonderful husband, though I realised that it had taken 12 years, marriage and a baby before he attended a Live Show with me!
Then it was time to go home, we had had a lovely day, it was sooooo nice to see everyone and surround myself with lovely model ponies once again. I met a few new friends and collectors, caught up (albeit too briefly) with old friends and enjoyed chatting with everyone at the show. The journey home was full of chatter with hubby, though our gorgeous little angel's batteries had run out!