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NAN 2016: Day 3

Day three of NAN was the quietest day of showing for me, and thus allowed the greatest amount of time for oogling (and some relaxing, since I was pretty dang tired from two big days of showing!)

Since the third day of NAN is for OF Collectibility and China, I wasn’t showing any of my horses. But I was proxy showing a very nice string of OF Breyers for Erin while she judged.

Erin judging a lovely class of China Arabians

Erin judging a lovely class of China Arabians

Although I only have customized models, there is a weird little part of me that loves Original Finish models, particularly vintage ones. I don’t want to collect them, but I love to look at them and marvel at the hobby history. So day three of NAN was full of eye candy for me- the OF Collectibility rings showcased some of the rarest, most amazing models in existence.

Kristen Wellman's incredibly rare blue Fury

Kirsten Wellman’s incredibly rare blue Fury. Only a few of these are known to exist.

A pristine example of Breyer's ill-fated "Touchability" box (owned by Kirsten Wellman).

A pristine example of Breyer’s ill-fated “Touchability” box (owned by Kirsten Wellman).

A stunning class of vintage Breyer decorators.

A stunning table of vintage Breyer decorators.

Pinto Family Arabian Foal on a base made for the Ford Motor Company. Owned by Kristen Wellman.

Pinto Family Arabian Foal on a base made for the Ford Motor Company. Owned by Kirsten Wellman.

I enjoyed showing Erin’s lovely collection, which includes some cool vintage pieces as well as more modern models.

Erin's "ES Thanks, Baby!" is a rare Proud Arabian Foal made for only a short time in 1959.

Erin’s “ES Thanks, Baby!” is a rare Proud Arabian Foal made for only a short time in 1959.

ES Sir Chalkington III, Esq. is a beautiful chalky Adios made during the 1970's oil crisis.

ES Sir Chalkington III, Esq. is a beautiful chalky Adios made during the 1970’s oil crisis.

These were the first two of these Premier Club models made, and the only ones mounted on a base. They were given away randomly to a luck Premier Club member.

These were the first two of these Premier Club models made, and the only ones mounted on a base. They were given away randomly to a luck Premier Club member.

The only bummer about day three was that the hall was FREEZING. It had been cold the other two days, but this was a whole other level. I’m often the person wearing a sweater when other people are in t-shirts, but in this case I was definitely not the only one!

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Those of us who happened to have brought blankets (I had one in the van for napping on the road!) wore them around the show hall all day. In my desperation, I’m also sporting a fleece cape that is usually used to wrap models.

Luckily day three showing wrapped up a little sooner than the other days, so I was able to escape back into the wonderful warmth of the Kentucky sun.

Erin's show string with the day's winnings.

Erin’s show string with the day’s winnings.

We packed up and headed back to the hotel. NAN was over, but Breyerfest was about to begin and there was no time to slow down…

NAN 2016: Day 2

After the excitement of day one, I sort of just… floated… into day 2 of NAN. The Day 2 divisions are OF Performance, CM Halter, and AR Halter. In addition to showing my horses, I was proxy showing Erin’s amazing string while she was judging other classes.

My day was a little quieter since I wasn’t showing performance, but I stayed plenty busy keeping track of the various halter classes. In between, I oogled the entries in the OF Performance division.

Showers setting up their entries in OF Performance

Showers setting up their entries in OF Performance

Erin's incredible grumpy pony winning Champion Other Pure/Mix Pony. ES Sir Kix-a-lot was customized by Emilia Kurila.

Erin’s incredible grumpy pony winning Champion Other Pure/Mix Pony. ES Sir Kix-a-lot was customized by Emilia Kurila. He was also champion in his workmanship class!

Mackenzie Purdy's beautiful Catarina winning Champion Lusitano/Andalusian.

Mackenzie Purdy’s beautiful Catarina winning Champion Lusitano/Andalusian. Customized by Tiffany Purdy.

The indomitable Canterbury Trendsetter by Sarah Minkiewicz-Bruenig, owned by Diana Patterson.

The indomitable Canterbury Trendsetter by Sarah Minkiewicz-Bruenig, owned by Diana Patterson.

FT Misty Memories owned by Kirstina Fortune

FT Misty Memories owned by Kirstina Fortune

While I know that performance is my strong suit when it comes to model showing, I have less confidence in my customizing and painting. Earning top tens at NAN in breed and workmanship was thus extra special and exciting. The caliber of models at this show is breathtaking.

My first win was also my biggest for the day- Mr. L. B. Scuttlebutt won Reserve Champion UK Pony!

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Next, Pollyanna Plaudit took a top ten in Other Stock.

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After the CM and AR breed classes were finished, the workmanship divisions started. My wins in workmanship are particularly sweet because all three of them were in classes judged by the esteemed Leslie Kathman. Leslie is an accomplished equine artist and a published expert on horse color genetics. For her to deem my work worthy of a rosette was a huge honor.

Salty Captain took a top ten in the Bay/Black Other Scale class.

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My wee foal Hovito won top ten in Other White Spotting Pattern.

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And finally, my sweet Pollyanna Plaudit went two for two by winning a top ten rosette in Stock Type Appaloosa. Leslie writes extensively on the intricacies of appaloosa patterns, so this was probably my favorite moment of the day!

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And I wasn’t the only one having a great day…

Tiffany wearing all of the rosettes won by Diana in the CM and AR divisions. Diana's stack of plaques was equally as impressive, but not as wearable!

Tiffany wearing all of the rosettes won by Diana in the CM and AR divisions. Diana’s stack of plaques was equally as impressive, but not as wearable!

NAN 2016: Day 1

We arrived in Kentucky on Sunday evening, and Monday was a blur of errands and preparation. Suddenly it was Tuesday and I was on my way to my first NAN.

The first day of NAN is OF Breed Halter and CM/AR Performance. I was excited and nervous. The hall was enormous.

The show hall

The show hall, with the very first classes being called.

There were twelve show rings, with multiple classes loading at one time. Thanks to some wonderful volunteers, it wasn’t too hard to follow the classes- we had an announcer keeping us constantly updated on the status of each class, and a volunteer manning a huge white board that listed which classes were in what rings.

The oh-so-helpful white board

The oh-so-helpful white board

For me, day one was all about performance. The day started with harness and then several costume classes. I didn’t have anything until the fifth class, so I did as much prep as I could for my upcoming classes and then wandered around nervously looking at all the entries on various tables.

Erin's four Quarter Horses winning top tens in their breed class.

Erin’s four Quarter Horses winning top tens in their breed class.

Finally my first class was called! I had two entries in Scene/Other Performance: Troy Soldier doing horse agility (well, in this case, mule agility) and Puns N Roses doing a liberty demonstration.

One of the awesome things about NAN is that after every class, the top tens placings are announced (in random order) and then they announce the champion and reserve. I love these announcements because you get to hear all the fun names, it’s exciting listening for your horse, and you get to cheer for your friends.

Scene/Other Performance was a big class with some very impressive entries. The announcer listed off the top tens… and the final name she called was Troy Soldier! It was a wonderful moment.

Erin snapped this picture of me, gleeful at winning my first ever NAN Top Ten.

Erin snapped this picture of me, gleeful at winning my first ever NAN Top Ten.

The awesomeness just continued from there. In the next class, Jumper/Cross Country, my old standby performance horse Nightfox won a top ten with my new Star Wars themed jump.

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Meanwhile in the other ring, I was setting up my hunter over fences entry with PHF Richard Squared, my beautiful CM Seabiscuit that Tiffany gifted to me earlier this year. When the winners were announced, I was stunned to hear his name announced as Reserve Champion! One of Tiffany’s horses won Champion. Wahoo!

Thank you Tiffany!

Thank you Tiffany!

I love showing performance so much, and getting to do so at NAN, with so many of my friends, with the finest judges in the hobby and the stiffest competition… it was a blast. I was stunned and excited and proud as my entries continued to win top tens as the day went on.

Jaime - Top Ten Other English

Jaime – Top Ten Other English

Puns N Roses - Top Ten Stockwork with my new cows

Puns N Roses – Top Ten Stockwork with my new cows

Meanwhile Erin was garnering ribbons in both CM/AR performance and OF breed halter…

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And Tiffany was kickin’ butt in performance with her trademark flare.

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After a full day of showing we were down to the very last class- CM/AR Western Riding/Reining/Dressage. I had two entries in this class, both PHF Richard Squared and Puns N Roses. To my joy they were both announced as top tens. I was walking over to the table to disassemble my setups when they announced Puns N Roses as the Champion of the class!

I was so completely stunned, and then dizzy, and then I actually thought I was going to pass out. Folks were clapping and congratulating me and I had to sit on the floor until my head stopped spinning.

This is the face of someone who is trying to play it cool but actually cant stand up or speak coherently.

This is the face of someone who is trying to play it cool but actually can’t stand up or speak coherently.

Talk about a grand finale to an amazing day!

Packing up and heading back to the hotel is all a blur…I was so happy and hungry and excited. I have learned so much in the last few years- from my obsessive research on breeds and events, from countless blogs and tutorials, from my amazing mentors-turned-friends… and this day was in many ways a culmination of all of that.

And this was only Day One!

My performance horses with their winnings

My performance horses with their winnings

Home and Happy

What a trip! My NAN/Breyerfest Extravaganza, aka Kentucky Ahoy, aka 2500 Miles to Paradise, aka Sleep is for the Weak… is over. I’m home, rested, recovered, and even starting to organize my hundreds of photos.

I partially did this trip because I wanted to understand what all the fuss was about, and boy, do I! I’m going to do my best to share my experiences here in a series of posts- I could never fit it into one or two!

Our roadtrip started at 6am on a Friday. With three showstrings, road snacks, several duffles, and multiple totes of sales neatly tetrised into our beautiful van, we headed east. And kept going east, and kept going, and going.

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You know, when you have good friends and good conversations, 2500 miles just isn’t so bad.

Day one route

Day one route

We switched drivers regularly, marveled at the intriguing souvenirs sold at truck stops, looked for antelope, and complained (once we got to Nebraska) about the endless cornfields. We only got lost once, very briefly, in the wilds of south western Iowa.

And finally, one day three, we reached Kentucky.

A most welcome sight

A most welcome sight

From there, it was just a little bit longer to our final destination, the famed Clarion Hotel in Lexington. Roughly sixty hours after we left home, we had arrived. Let the festivities begin!

Unpacking at the CHIN

Unpacking at the CHIN

MEPSA Donations, finished!

I know I’ve been remiss in blogging, sorry about that. I’ve been on my computer a ton lately for work, and when I’m done for the day I’m not super keen to get back to staring at a screen.

I finished up the second MEPSA Donation horse this weekend and posted his pictures in the gallery.

2013 MEPSA donation

I wasn’t able to capture his color quite right in the photos, but it’ll have to do. I was eager to get him boxed up and sent, along with my other donations. My entries for the MEPSA Championship show went in the mail a few weeks ago. So now the wait begins :)

Ponies and prizes, boxed and waiting to be shipped

Ponies and prizes, boxed and waiting to be shipped

Meanwhile, there was plenty of model horse news (and eye candy!) as the results from NAN came in. I had a custom of mine showing there for the first time ever, which is exciting. Alas, I didn’t see her on any of the judge’s cards. But still, exciting!

Alianora qualifying for NAN in her breed class at the Spring Fling at Big Mill live show. She also placed 4th in Workmanship!

Alianora qualifying for NAN in her breed class at the Spring Fling at Big Mill live show. She also placed 4th in Workmanship!

You can check out the results and lots of pictures on the NAN 2013 results page. There’s also a bunch of photos bouncing around Facebook and Blab. Congratulations to all the winners!

I’ve been putting a lot of work in recently on my Pebbles Saddlebred, so hopefully the next post will showcase her in her new-and-improved state.

NAN Favorites

When I am too swamped with real life obligations to spend time working on model horses, I satisfy my plastic pony needs by oogling the work of others. This week I’ve been checking the results page of the North American Nationals show rather religiously for new photo updates. I thought I’d share some of my favorites from this years show.

All photos are copyrighted by NAMSHA and were screen captured from their 2011 results page.

I adore draft horses under saddle and always root for them in both real and model horse show rings.

CM English Over Fences

This lovely lady won not one but two NAN cookies. According to Jennifer Buxton’s NAN post, this is a Sheila Anderson Bishop Sundance resin that was then customized by Lyn Norbury. Quite the transformation!

CM English Arena Trail

Sue Kern‘s drastic customs never fail to blow my away. This Wixom (I think) is just gorgeous.

CM Breed Halter – Other Pure/Part/Grade Draft

I’d like to give this lovely lady a new home. She’s Sarah Minkiewicz-Breunig’s Elsie. Doesn’t just look like the sweetest backyard broodmare? I’d love to see her in performance with a little kid in pink cowboy boots riding her in a halter.

AR/OS Breed Halter – Part/Grade Sport/Carriage/Cob

I sometimes get tired of all the Peter Stone extreme factory customs out there, but I sure am a fan of this bratty beast.

OFP Collectibility – Stone – Factory Customs & Enhanced

My holy grail, the Collett Clydesdale Mare, won in Collectibility. I still have yet to find one for sale, let alone in my price range.

OFC Collectibility – Large Edition N/S American/Asian

Another awesome Stone Factory custom. A great idea that was well executed.

OFP Collectibility – Stone Draft/Pony/Stock – One-of-a-Kind Realistic Color

Don’t Eat the Paint‘s Laura Skillern crafted this awesome exotic equine. He’s an awesome use of the Hobo mold.

CM Breed Halter – Mule/Donkey/Exotic

Wow, this post really belies my fondness for drafters. I better get cracking on some custom drafters of my own…