Saturday, August 4, 2018

Show Report Part 5: Workmanship

Last post of show reports! This will cover the different Workmanship shows.

The first show was for simple plastic (incl. bendables) and it consisted of 4 different classes. I had 4 horses to show in this show, 3 of which showed in the same show. Bellamie (Sm. G2 Scrambling Foal rep. A. Gustafsson) took first in her class and went in to become Best in Show Reserve! Best in Show went to a really nice Arabian. Best in Show Novice was awarded to my boyfriend's Shire (Who he painted himself. He was really proud! This is probably his absolute favourite model in his collection). My other 3 horses, Madonna (Sm. G2 ASB rep. C. Johansson), Since You Don't Love Me (Sm. G2 ASB rep. A. Gustafsson) and Tinkerbelle (Safari Toob Pony rep. by me) took first, third and last in their class. Madonna was also crowned Best Vintage model in this show!

Best in Show Al Hazred, Tr. Huckleberry Bey rep. S. Nordström
Best in Show Reserve: Bellamie, Sm. G2 Scrambling Foal rep. A. Gustafsson
Best in Show Novice: Bilbo, Tr. Wintersong rep. C. Bäckfalk
Medium custom plastic was a bit smaller than simple custom, with only two classes. Once again I had 4 horses to show. 3 showed in the same class and 1 showed in a different class. Neptune (Sm. G2 WB rr. T. Melin), Ice Baby, Ice (Sm. G2 TB rr C. Johansson) and Mirabelle (Sm. Swaps rr T. Melin) got first, second and third. Bailando (Sm. G2 Andalusian rr T. Melin) got sixth in his class. When it came to the Best in show titles I was surprised, but happy to see my horses doing so well, Neptune got BIS and Ice Baby, Ice got Reserve.

Best in Show: Neptune, Sm. G2 Warmblood rr. T. Melin
Best in Show Reserve: Ice Baby, Ice, Sm. G2 TB rr. C. Johansson
Drastic plastic was probably the smallest workmanship show, but that doesn't mean that it was any less competitive. The last of my Arabians made her show debut in this show and ended up in 4th place. The Best in Show and Reserve were very worthy of the titles as they are both amazing!

Best in Show: Blue's Gentleman, H0 Railroad Western Horse Knockoff rr. C. Riley
Best in Show Reserve: LuLu, H0 Railroad Clydesdale Mare Knockoff rr. C. Riley
The simple other workmanship show consisted mostly out of resin but also some custom glazed porcelain models. I, once again showed 4 horses, out of which 3 of them happen to be roans! My sweet little Cheyenne (RC Sierra rep. L. Morris) and Don't Call Me Nymphadora (RC Moxie rep. A. Brock) showed in the same class and managed to get first and second place! In the other class Sahale J (El Embosco rep. E. Gonzales) and Fallen Hero (RC Valor rep. N. Söhn) got first and seventh place. I was very happy when my Cheyenne got Best in Show and just as happy when Sahale J got Best in Show Reserve! I might be a bit biased but I really think that their colours are very well done, especially on Cheyenne who has an amazingly detailed paintjob in that tiny scale!
Best in Show: Cheyenne, MM Sierra rep. L. Morris

Best in Show Reserve: Sahale J, RC El Embosco rep. E. Gonzales
The last division in workmanship was medium custom other. It was one of the smaller workmanship shows but still had some really nice models! I showed my NaMoPaiMo model Nazar in this show, mostly for fun, as I wasn't expecting him to do too much so imagine my surprise when he went on to win his class and become Best in Show! His reserve was a really cute little micro repainted and remade by it's owner.

Best in Show: Nazar, HA Akhal-Teke Stallion rr T. Melin
Best in Show Reserve: Raindrop's Courtship Ritual, RC MB Towhee rr A-L. Mell
That was it for this years Waterfestival liveshow report! I hope you've enjoyed these posts as much as I enjoyed writing them 😊

Thursday, August 2, 2018

Show Report Part 4: Bantam/MicroMini, Original Finish, Vattenpasset

Another one of the shows I was really looking forward to was the Bantam/Micro Mini show as I have a couple of Micros that I love to show and it feels more equal for them to show against other Micros.
It's also fun because there are several micro mini collectors around the area of the show and therefore more awesome minis! 4 classes, resin mares, resin stallion, pewter and others were in the show. I had three horses to show, my favorite of the bunch, Cheyenne (MM Sierra rep. L. Morris) won her class and her baby, Cochise (MM Flicker rep. L. Morris) got second in his class. AR Brigadör (Pewter MM Brigadier rep. A. Gustafsson also got second in his class. I think that is some really great placings! The Best in Show voting was, once again, quite tough but in the end my Cheyenne was voted Best in Show with one of the coolest micros as Reserve. That micro started out as a H0 Railroad Western Horse Knockoff that C. Riley got her hands on and remade! Isn't he awesome!

Best in Show: Cheyenne, MM Sierra rep. L. Morris

Best in Show Reserve: Blue's Gentleman, H0 Railroad Western Horse Knockoff rr. C. Riley
Original Finish Show was divided into two, Plastic and Bendables. As a former OF collector who still occasionally buys an OF or two this is also a show I really like. I showed 7 horses in the Plastic OF show. Vivaldi (Tr. Acadia OF), Ancient Gold (Tr. Akhal-Teke OF), Bocelli (Tr. Tregoyd Journeyman OF) and Sunny Side N (Tr. Seattle Slew OF) showed in the same class and got first, second, fourth and fifth place. My other 3, Gold Rush (Copperfox Sovereign OF), Remembrance (PS Pony Shoal OF) and Elessar (Copperfox Finnegan OF) did really well placing first, second and third in their class.

There were many nice OF models in the show and the callback table was tough and diverse and in the end, the pony who was voted Best in Show Novice in the open halter show went all the way and became Best in Show OF Plastic. My own Vivaldi, managed to become reserve.

Best in Show: Flammarion, Breyer Tr. Connemara OF
Best in Show Reserve: Vivaldi, Breyer Tr. Acadia OF
Like I said the Bendable OF was a separate division and I only had 1 horse showing in that division. Atlas (CollectA Irish Cob OF) took third in his class, which I am very happy with. The Best in Show title was awarded to a really nice OF Zebra mare with one of my favourite CollectA molds as reserve.

Best in Show: Jules, CollectA Grevy Zebra OF
Best in Show Reserve: Staubfinger, CollectA Friesian OF
Vattenpasset is a special show that only allows entry to horses that has a valid Vattenpass-card which they earn for winning champion titles at the Waterfestival Show. I had three horses earning me Vattenpass-cards last year so I entered all of them! There were only 6 horses in the show and it was divided into two classes, mares and stallions. All my three were stallions and therefore showed in the same class. Nahele (RC El Embosco rep. J. Hall), Helios (RC Oliver rep. S. Kern) and Epsilon (NL New Forest OF) all did well placing first, second and third (out of four). In the end Nahele was voted Best in Show before last year's open halter show Best in Show, AR Bellamie.

Best in Show: Nahele, RC El Embosco rep. J. Hall
Best in Show Reserve:
Next post will be the last for this show report and it will cover the workmanship classes!

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Show Report Part 3: Bendable Customs, Fantasy, Colour Show and Breakables

Bendable customs got their own show, and it's always amazing to see what people manages to make out of these bendy ponies! The show was divided into 7 classes depending on make and gender.I showed 6 horses in 4 different classes. Some did better then others, Tess (Schleich Trakhener Foal rep. T. Wolmer) got first in the foal class, as did Valencia (CollectA Pinto Pony rep. by me) in the CollectA mares class. Tinkerbelle (Safari Toob Pony rep. by me), Dakota (WIA Bella Rose rep. by me) and Serafina (Safari Toob pony rep. by my boyfriend) showed in the Other Bendable Mares class and took second, fourth and last. My last horse Avatar (CollectA Hanoverian Stallion rep. by me) took third in the other Bendable Stallions class. In the end the intricately painted Walkaloosa mare Spotted Midnight was voted Best in Show (this horse is amazing!). As Reserve another really nicely painted model was chosen, the Irish Cob, Merlin.

Best in Show: Spotted Midnight, Safari LTd TWH rep. S. G. Necco
Best in Show Reserve: Merlin, Safari Gypsy Vanner cm. T. Wolmer
As I have stated several times, I am not a really a fantasy collector, and it showed as that was probably the only show were I didn't enter a single model. I still drooled over some of the nice models there and I actually think that there will be a few more fantasy models in my collection in the future as they are quite cool. The classes of the show ranged from decorators, to unicorns, hell horses, pegasi, skeletons, vampires and even a hippogriff! In other words, a very diverse show with several good models! In the end a really cool unicorn was voted Best in Show with a Sugar Skull decorator as Reserve (the details on this one was really well done!)

Best in Show: Alcyone, Safari Unicorn cm T. Wolmer
Best in Show Reserve: Dia De Muertos, PS Chips Friesian pb K. Persson
A recurring element at this show is it's colour shows. Each year, a certain colour is picked for the colour show. This year it was all about the shimmering greys! This works as you enter greys and at the day of the show all the greys are put at a table and grouped into light, medium and dark. Then two judges judged each class. And then at the   callback table all got to vote. I only brought two greys as I don't have that many but both of them managed to place! I think in total there where around 30 greys on the table. Both of my greys were classed as medium greys and got first (El Salvaje) and third (Epsilon) in the class. In the end El Salvaje managed to be voted Best in Show with the winner of the dark grey class as reserve.

Best in Show: El Salvaje, RC Verrochio rep. L. Lawrynovizc
Best in Show Reserve: Thorsten, CMG Oberon by S. Rose
My one and only porcelain model (so far), Bellini of Decorima (Lakeshore Houdini OF) was shown in the Breakables show and surprisingly managed to claim a second place in the class! I once again drooled over several nice porcelain models and the winners were very worthy! You might have seen one of them before, and the other one is the illusive Brookside Idyll, who was missing from the photo of the Open Halter Pony Championship!

Best in Show: Thorsten, CMG Oberon by S. Rose
Best in Show Reserve: Brookside Idyll, AAA Hackney OF
Next up is Bantam/Micro Minis, Original Finish models and Vattenpasset.

Monday, July 30, 2018

Show Report Part 2: Animal Artistry and Eberl shows

Both Animal Artistry models and Eberl models are quite popular here in Sweden so at this show there were two separate shows to celebrate these sculptures! 

The Animal Artistry show consisted of five classes, and they were divided by AA, AAA Standard, AAA Custom Glazed, Water Festival SR and AAE.

I only have 2 Animal Artistry models, both resins (although I do have a Waterfestival SR on the way). They showed in the same class and surprisingly, Jax, my Welsh I got broken and repaired and painted took second place! Athame (AA Sabiha ret.), my favourite out of the two, got sixth in the class. There were so many nice models in the show and for not being a porcelain person I found myself drooling over several of the AAA's! In the end one of the custom glazed AAA was crowned Best in Show with a standard AAA as reserve!

Best in Show: Accident of Heather, AAA Chasing Rainbows CMG OF
Best in Show Reserve: Gustav, AAA Warmblood OF
Onto the Eberl show. This show was divided into two classes, mares and stallions. I entered 6 horses in this show, 2 mares and 4 stallions. To my surprise Charisma (Tr. GG Valentine OF) took first in the mares class and my Belize (RC Genoveva rep. S. Nordström) took last place. My stallions were El Salvaje (RC Verrochio rep. L. Lawrynovicz), Lord (Tr. Keltic Salinero OF), Vivaldi (Tr. Acadia OF and Chester VS (RC Caitano rep. S. Nordström). They got first, third, fifth and last in the class. I was happily surprised that my horses won both classes (that meant that both of the horses on the callback table was mine!) In the end El Salvaje was voted Best in Show. I was a bit surprised that Charisma was voted Best in Show Reserve as I was sure it would be the cute little Ardennais foal (who won the foal championship in the open halter show) who was second after El Salvaje in the class. So that was a really happy surprise!

Best in Show: El Salvaje, RC Verrochio rep. L. Lawrynovicz
Best in Show Reserve: Charisma, Breyer Tr. GG Valentine OF
Next up will be Bendable Customs, Fantasy, Colour Show: Greys and Breakables!

Saturday, July 28, 2018

Show Report Part 1: Halter

Last weekend me, my boyfriend and a fellow collector made the drive to the yearly liveshow called Vattenshowen (Water Festival Liveshow). Since it's quite some way away from home and it's a two day liveshow we stayed overnight in a cute little camping cabin at a camping not far from where the show was held. We went to the show hall Friday evening as the other collector who rode with me and my boyfriend where staying with the showholder.

We unloaded the car on Friday and then we went to the camping to get some sleep.

On Saturday morning we were at the show hall in good time and unpacked the horses well in time for the show to start. We did have a great schedule but some classes did not come in the order of the show catalog but I will present the results in the order of the catalog as I find it easier that way.

This show hosts plethora of different shows so I have decided to divide this show report into several parts. This first part will consist of the open halter show.

As this show host so many different shows the open show has a lower limit on how many horses you may enter (compared to other shows that only contains a few shows). So I had a really hard time picking out who I wanted to bring!

I only brought one foal to the show, Helios (RC Oliver rep. S. Kern) and he did well earning second place in his class. The foal championship contained five classes and in the end it was won by an adorable Ardennais colt. Reserve and Novice Champion went to the winner of Helios' class, a rather striking Morab mare.

Champion Foal: Rekryt, RC Basilikum rep. A. Gustafsson
Champion Foal Reserve and Novice Champion: Kumori, PS Kachina OF
I'm not sure how it happened but for this show I had no less than 4 Arabians on my table (not all were shown in the halter class however), for not being an Arabian person, that felt like a lot! Out of the 4 I only showed two of them in the open show. The first one was a rather new acquisition, Arwen (RC Gizelle rep. S. Nordström) who managed to grab third place in her class (her first show for me). My other Arabian, Sayad (Mini Khemo rep. S. Nordström) is also relatively new but he has been shown a few times. He got first in his class and went on to be voted Champion. The reserve was a beautiful Arabian mare painted in a unusual grey colour. Another grey was voted Champion Novice, a Breyer Thunderstorm OF.

Champion: Sayad, RC Mini Khemo rep. S. Nordström
Champion Reserve: Raisha, RC Iaret rep. E. Rossiter
Champion Novice: Marjanah, Breyer Tr. Weather Girl Thunderstorm OF
The draft championship was quite large, containing 6 classes for different breeds. My only drafthorse, AR Brigadör (MM Brigadier rep. A. Gustafsson) did well taking second in his class. This championship had some really amazing horses, one of my favourites of the day won the championship. I'm not really a fan of porcelain models as I'm not that fond of glossies and I see them as really, really fragile. But that little Oberon, shown as a Percheron is definitely one of my faves! Champion Reserve was rewarded to a really nice shire who was the one who won the class AR Brigadör was in. The novice Champion was a nice OF CollectA Irish Cob.

Champion: Thorsten, CMG Oberon by S. Rose
Champion Reserve: Lallybroch's Bran, RC WBP O'Doulle rep. C. Jolly
Champion Novice: Tripoli, CollectA Irish Cob OF
This year the show host decided to do a little Shetland pony special so you could bring 5 extra Shetland ponies (outside of the show limit) therefore, the pony championship was divided into two championships, Shetland Pony, and Ponies. The Shetland pony championship wasn't huge but we got three rather big classes of Shetlands. I showed two, Tinkerbelle (Safari Toob Pony rep. by me) and Serafina (Safari Toob Pony rep. by my boyfriend). Tinkerbelle managed to get second in her class while Serafina, unfortunately finished last. I was a bit surprised at the placing as there were so many adorable Shetlands! In the end the championship was won by a Shetland pony! Surprise!

His name was Sprout and he was a very lovely, detailed little guy. Champion reserve went to an unusually coloured Shetland and Champion Novice was a little roan.

Champion: Sprout, HA Truffles OF
Champion Reserve: C'estor of Decorime, RC Flitwick rep. T. Wolmer
Champion Novice: Granit, Breyer Sm. G2 Pony OF
The rest of the ponies were a diverse mix of British ponies, riding ponies and other ponies. I, surprisingly had 3 ponies to show. My welsh, Gold Rush (Copperfox Sovereign OF) came last in his class but Epsilon (NL New Forest OF) did better and got third in his. Best out of my ponies did Maverick (RC Tivoli rep. A. Dionne) who won his class and was later voted Champion! The reserve was an adorable hackney pony (which unfortunately is missing in the picture below as she was being photographed for another win at another table but she will show up in one of the other posts). Novice champion went to a really nicely painted OF model.

Champion: Maverick, RC Tivoli rep. A. Dionne
Champion Reserve: Brookside Idyll, AAA Hackney OF
Champion Novice: Flammarion, Breyer Tr. Connemara OF

In the Riding- and Carriage horse championship another one of my newer additions would be shown and I was hoping he would do good! I also showed some older faces and they did okay. Raphael (RC Gabriel rep. T. Melin) got second in the Friesian class and Nazar (RC HA Akhal-Teke rr T. Melin) took fourth in his class. My new-ish addition, El Salvaje, did great, better than I had hoped for even! He won his class and managed to be voted Champion! The reserve is an adorable Arabian/Paint cross Nahar. The Champion Novice was actually my boyfriend's horse. We were both quite surprised as we didn't expect that horse to do much.

Champion: El Salvaje, RC Verrochio rep. L. Lawrynovicz
Champion Reserve: Aladdin, RC Mini Nahar rep. K. Giesbrecht
Champion Novice: Shadowfax, Breyer Sm. G4 Andalusian Stallion Blind Bag OF
Sporthorses are, as always, my favourite championship even though I only had 3 horses to show in the open halter show. There were several, really gorgeous sporthorses and I am quite happy that my models did as good as they did. Fallen Hero (RC Valor rep. N. Söhn) got third in his class and Chester VS (RC Caitano rep. S. Nordström) and Belize (RC Genoveva rep. S. Nordström) got first and second in their class. The champion was a beautifully painted mini Eberl sculpt and my own Chester VS, managed to claim the reserve title. Novice champion went to a really nice Copperfox model.

Champion: Tactic,  RC Tornado rep. J DeCurir
Champion Reserve: Chester VS, RC Caitano rep. S. Nordström
Champion Novice: Willy Wonka, Copperfox Cadbury OF
One of the championships I was also quite excited about is the Stockhorse/Mustang Championship. I mostly like this championship as I get to show of my pride and joy, Sahale J (RC El Embosco rep. E. Gonzales). That horse is definitely the crown of my collection and even though he usually does really well in show I would've loved him even if he never won anything!

Anyway, Sahale J went on to win his class, which of course made me very happy. My other horse in this championship, Don't Call Me Nymphadora didn't do too good this time and got last in her class. Sahale J did more than make up for it by being voted champion! The reserve was a really nice Quarter Horse mare. The Champion novice was another one of my boyfriend's models. He bought this model to repaint and use in performance so he mostly brought him to fill up the showstring a bit as he doesn't have that many models.

Champion: Sahale J, RC El Embosco rep. E. Gonzales
Champion Reserve: Steel Shadows, China mini Lady Phase OF
Champion Novice: Highway To Hell, Breyer Slick By Design OF
Last Championship in the open halter show was the Other Equus Championship which was dominated by the donkeys as both champion and reserve were donkeys!

Champion: Joker, NL Donkey cm. J Williford
Champion Reserve: Empire, Schleich Poitou Donkey rr K. Persson
The callback table was really tough and voting was really, really hard. It was a really close call for the Best in Show, apparently only one point separated the two in the top. But in the end, my beloved Sahale J was crowned Best in Show! I was so, so happy! He's always done very well for me, but this is his first Best in Show title for me! I was literally walking on clouds for the rest of the day!

The Best in Show Reserve was a vote between the second placer from the callback table, which was my El Salvaje, and El Salvaje's reserve, Steel Shadows. It was another close call but the Reserve title went to Steel Shadows!

Best in Show Novice was another tough vote as there were many, many nice horses but in the end it was the Connemara pony Flammarion who won.

Best in Show: Sahale J

Best in Show Reserve: Steel Shadows

Best in Show Novice: Flammarion
Next up is results from the Animal Artistry and Eberl shows.

Thursday, July 26, 2018

Mini Brios

I've always liked the look of the Mustang stallion Brio Sombra so when I learnt that he would be released as a mini I jumped at the chance.

 I wanted one to paint as an Abaco Spanish Colonial as I really think Brio suits the breed but I also wanted one to customize into a mare and show as a Mustang so because of that I ended up ordering two of these guys.

They are really nice and I can't wait until I have the time to start painting!

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Birthday present

 Last Friday was my 26th birthday. I was celebrated on the day by my boyfriend, my father and a couple of my closest friends. I had a great day and got some very thoughtful presents.

The one from my boyfriend was a model horse I have been eyeing since he was released.

This is the Breyer Brunello. I do have the original Idocus and I think he is adorable but I've never felt the need to have others on that mold until Brunello was released.

The braided mane and tail really changes his look and being done in my favourite colour, made it hard to resist.

He is really nicely shaded and has a really matte finish that I think will be a joy when photographing him.

I have yet to decide on a name and a breed for him but I am very happy to add this beauty to my collection.