I only attended the first day of this all-weekend show that my friend Catriona Harris held in aid of Dementia UK, a charity which is very close to a lot of people. Because I sculpted the medallions for her show, I was able to get free entry and even a free area in which I could display some of my model horse artwork for sale alongside Donna Chaney of Animal Artistry. This meant that my work put into the medallion and donating the castings I produced were all for the charity and I feel good about being a part of the charity.
I drove my friend Holly up with me to the show, she lives about 5 minutes from me up the road and is a fellow hobbyist so why not car pool!! We got to the show just as the classes had started so we *just* made it on time, despite getting slightly lost and turning around three times due to the bad weather on the journey there.
Holly managed to squeeze in her mini Ziryab resin into the Arabian class and she came away with a 6th placing.
The Iberian classes were next, where my Vinenzo resin and my sculpted Bailadito went into the ring. My Bailadito came 6th!
It was funny because I was still unpacking my horses and having a good flap and panic, so I had indeed forgotten that my Vincenzo was in the ring and when I remembered a couple of minutes later, I saw he had got 2nd place! A rather pleasant surprise!
The horse that came first in the class was a gorgeous braided Vincenzo resin, that went on to do well in the section championship too.
A Fantasy class came up where I entered Pearl, my new Sylph resin, and she came third.
It was funny because I entered Pearl into the Fantasy Performance class too with a spare rider I had found lying in my bag and he came fourth (out of four... But that isn't the point!)
Pearl also got a 2nd placing in the Fantasy Workmanship.
The performance entry standards were very high and it reminded me of why I don't do performance at all! The tack and intricacy of everything was amazing. My favourite set-up was this teeny tiny one of horses in the snow.
The performance classes were running alongside the CM and AR classes and so I did miss a lot of very nice entries in the performance section. But it didn't bother me so much as there was plenty of eye candy in the halter classes! I had my BOTW Arabian Resin produced by Breyer that I placed in the Part-bred Arabian class as he missed the Arabian class initially as I was unpacking but it was a smart move as he came 4th! In the Purebred class I doubt he would have placed as there was a large number of horses on the table.
Some of the classes were indeed huge. One class I remember was the British Native CM class. However, there was a Breyer Haflinger that I had painted to a Dun late last year and it was lovely to see that she had got 4th place. The judge also said she had found 10 definite winners and she had to whittle it all down!
The Artist Resin's British Native was also upon us as I entered Porsche my Flitwick resin and Toblerone, my new Aiden resin. I haven't shared this pony with anyone yet as I finished him the night before the show! He got third in the class which I was happy with.
I was happy to see that Porsche came 1st!
Because he came 1st, he went against the other resin ponies that came 1st and ended up getting Champion!
After all of the resin classes had gone and the section champions had been judged, the champions and reserves then went head to head for the overall Artist Resin championships. I was ecstatic when I saw that Porsche had gone up against some fantastic pieces of art and got Reserve to Reserve!!
Porsche was also painted in oils so it was lovely to see that my oil painted horses also do well alongside those I paint in acrylics.
I didn't attend the second day as that was for OF and CTF, and then there were novice performance and fun classes. I only collect the customs and pieces I painted myself and I only have two OF models in my entire collection! However, after day 2 was over and people had uploaded photos of the models and their placings, I noticed that my Gallega resin medallion did very well!
It made me happy as although I wasn't at the show, my creations were still being shown and still did well!
All in all, a really brilliant day and I had a fantastic time. It was one of the best shows I have been to and I think everyone really enjoyed themselves! I look forward to hearing how much money was raised in total for the chosen charity.