September already, where has the year gone?!
I am very delayed in posting this and even as I type I am so worn out! That is probably because I have to cycle for half an hour to and from work each day for the rest of this week and the whole of next week too... Since the day I went to the UHH on the Saturday 31st August 2013 I have been on my feet and this is the first time in a few days I have turned my laptop on and have been able to sit down and report properly!
I woke up early in the morning at about 6:30am without being able to sleep anymore. With Newmarket being only an hours drive from my current location, I decided to just get up and I was out of the house just before 8am in the morning. The drive there was relatively easy and straight forward and I found the place in no time. I picked up my lanyard and goodie bag (yay!) and made my way over to the artisans area where my work was to be on display for the day. I said hello to everyone and then set up, also setting up my workshop to begin at 10am, the first one of the day!
The lecture hall where we did our workshops could seat up to 70 people and it was such a good feeling when the hall was nearly full of spectators to listen to what I had to say!
I got some wonderful feedback after my workshop, especialy from the parents. My main vibe was to just get stuck in and have a go at customising, and to not give up and keep going. People approached me afterwards saying how good my talk was and how I gave off a really good impression that it isn't for certain people but anyone can get stuck in and have fun in the model horse hobby with painting and customising. When I first started the hobby, I just had a go at everything and it was what got me to where I am today. So I am pleased that was my main message received!
I wasn't that nervous for my workshop and it has encouraged me to perhaps return next year for one or more talks still! Afterwards I headed back to the artisan area and grabbed a shot of Kelly's table (and I ordered a blank copy of her stunning Albert and Victoria!)
The auction items were in the same area as us in the artisans section, and they were to die for!
Solomon, the palomino Goffert, ended up selling for £1250 in the auction at 5pm on the Saturday. It was an amazing bidding war to see! I am also now aware that the winner in the auction room was in fact a proxy bidder for someone in Australia, so that is where the OOAK will be off to. I have the privilege of holding the model, when I brought him into the auction room everyone gasped! It was quite a good moment!
The other auction pieces were just as beautiful, including this stunning, also OOAK Bacchus resin by Emilia Kurila, who added feathers, a mane and a tail to her first original sculpture. This boy was won by Liz Hibberd of Equine Inspirations.
Shortly afterwards I went to check out the live show tent just to see what was going on and I saw the scene entries that some people had entered. They were amazing and extremely creative! Everyone at the UHH could vote for their favourites and I was so glad there were three separate voting slips as I had a VERY hard time choosing!
I believe the winner of the scenes competition was this wonderful entry. The different shots of it I got were amazing. I love little set ups like this!
After looking at the scene entries I made my way back over to the artisans section but stopped short as there were some gorgeous horses in the field next to the building. They walked over to the fence and were just showing off in general, neighing and whinnying for their friends and they even cantered and trotted around after some noises!
As you can see, I got some wonderful shots!
Another major highlight of the day was the workshop at 3pm with a racehorse known as Funny Genie. He had a skeleton drawn on one side of him and major muscle groups painted on the other, which took the leader of the workshop around 5 hours to do! He even came into the lecture theatre whilst the different musculature and bones were spoken about. It was a massive eye opener and I learnt so much about the different points and structures of the horse!
I also learnt a great deal about thermal imaging and how it works. It is a very important science in the use of equestrian sport, as it turns out that horses could have inflammation or a sore leg yet they won't show signs of damage or weakness as they are prey animals... Cool!
After the day ended I got invited back to have some dinner and wonderful oreo brownie bake and it was all so delicious! The little after helpers party was just getting started when I had to unfortunately set off for home (I wanted to drink and join in so bad!) but I will definitely join in for next year!
Well it has taken me ages to write this, I need to get off and get ready for bed I think! The cycling really is taking it out of me. If you have emailed me or messaged me lately please be patient, I am slowly getting round to replying to everyone and I know there are some parcels I need to send, they will be done this coming Saturday. I am also ten likes away from 400 on my Facebook page and a giveaway will be done once I reach that truly amazing milestone.
After the UHH on the Saturday, after all of the wonderful vibes and great atmosphere with a passion of horses and model equines that we all so love and share, after all of the support and continued wish of success I receive from everyone, I am so thankful, and I need to give something back to you lot!
Definitely, definitely, DEFINITELY ROLL ON for the Utterly Horses Hullabaloo 2014!