High everyone! I've a few things to tell you about this week, so expect a couple of blog posts from me over the next day or two.
I attended my local Live Show a couple of weeks ago and was tickled by the results. May Madness is one of my most favourite Live Shows, it is run by Deb Hutchinson who is a bit of an expert at holding Lives and it shows, hers are relaxed, well run, organised and very fun shows! This show had OF, CM, AA and AR/AC sections so attracts a more mature crowd (by that I mean that with no CTF section there are rarely any minors showing) which leads to a rather more... mature theme to the events! As a result, this was a day for of giggles and naughtiness which was just what the doctor ordered after such a long time since I got out to a Live!
I arrived a bit later, even though I'm only about 25 minutes from the hall, I'm discovering how much more complicated it is to get out of the house with a toddler to organise! Hubby took the little lady for the day so once I was (finally!) out of the door, it was a bit more like the old days when I was a fancy free non-parent! I got unpacked, I didn't have much to offer today, mostly seconds, having not been casting for so long and on the day of the show I didn't even have any Caprioles in hand to offer for sale, so it didn't take me long to get my table set up. I did have some copies of the minibust I did for Shannon's world-famous "A Midwinter's Night Ball" Live Show (named Ballyhoo - more on him soon) with me which were very well received! More on Ballyhoo in a later post.
The raffle table was already very well stocked, so I added my donation; a Dancing Daisy complete with both her original resin base and a new acrylic clear base, with a box of chocolates to fit the theme of naughtiness!
I'm afraid this show report is rather biased to my models as since I've stopped showing (mostly, see below) I live vicariously through other collectors, so get rather excited when I see my babes out there doing well!
I only took one of my own models to show, it was proxy shown by my show-buddy Yvette. This is a Capriole painted for me (during the Facebook NaMoPaiMo event in April) by Jen Johnson to an incredible loud leopard appaloosa. I made a breed and colour reference for him, showing him as an historic Lipizzaner, as way back in the 17th century they sported more colourful coats than the white-gray of today. Yvette also has a Capriole painted to a more traditional white-gray by Deb Brown which is a gorgeous example of the model, so I felt a little guilty (but still very happy) that my one nabbed the top spot in his class! Yvette prefers to show her Capriole with the protective film on the base, it has never held him back and gives a nice accent of colour which I feel complements the model quite well!
Happily, my Capriole also went on to take the Reserve Champion spot in the Breed Division (Spanish, I think) behind an incredible Eberl Preciosa. Sadly this cut him out of the AR Championships, but the Eberl was a worthy winner so I didn't feel too bad for him!
I'm please to report that there were Welsh Cobs a-plenty in the show rings, in OF, Custom AND Artist Resin, which was hugely exciting, especially when I saw them heading home with rosettes!
It wasn't just the Copperfoxes taking the ribbons though, there were also MM Heathers at the event, this one is a custom by Charmain Newman, she removed her feathers and ever gave her a braid in her mane (insane detail!). A Moonlit Dale painted by Kim Burd took Reserve Champion in the foal division, second only to a newly delivered Union Jack claybody custom zorse who took the top spot and went through to the AR/AC Championship...
The AR/AC Championship was quite the line up, with the expected number of insanely stunning Eberls and an Independence in the mix (including that gorgeous Preciosa) amongst other artists, so I was tickled pink when I saw that a Night Heather (also by Kim Burd) and the UJ china Zorse took the top two spots and went through to the Supreme Lineup!
The Supreme lineup was equally daunting, I'm afraid I didn't manage to get a shot before the judging started and by the time I got to the results most of the models had been removed from the table, but as you can see, it was a rather exciting moment when I realised that the Night Heather by Kim Burd had won the Overall Supreme Champion rosette, and the claybody Union Jack bone china zorse had taken the Reserve Supreme one! A Royal Worcester Suffolk Punch completed the lineup with the Reserve to Reserve Supreme Champion rosette, along with a bottle of wine courtesy of our host Deb and a little resin rosette which I had donated to the event.
It turns out that the Night Heather and the Union Jack were both owned by Charmain Newman, so HUGE congratulations to Charmain and to the artists that brought these models to life: Kim Burd and Donna's team at Animal Artistry.
I had such an amazing day out at May Madness Live, I've not been able to get to many/any Live Shows in recent times since starting a family, so it was wonderful to not only attend a well-run show that was a great day out, but to witness a whole bunch of models that started life in my hands to do so well.
The day ended well too, I brought home a Mojito which was a gift from Deb to each attendee, and a bottle of wine (with a horse on the label!) from the raffle! Then there was the obligatory meal out with my show besties, which brings its own tradition of the mighty onion ring stack starter!!