Thursday, 29 October 2015

Custom Ponies

Every so often I dabble is some custom work. This guy has been around for a while now but I haven't ever done a blog post about him which seems a shame. I'm not a western person but I thought it was time I made the effort to have at least one horse in my herd.

So this is 'White Walker'. He should really be Roxilas as that is what he is made up from but I was watching Game of Thrones with the white walkers in the snow at the time, so it seemed more fitting with his blue eyes. He has a Roxy body and a Totilas head, I also extended his mane up and flicked his ears just to change him up a bit. I came across a lovely wild Mustang photo who was just perfect for what I wanted and at the time this seemed like a good idea, but on day 7 of layering white it totally wasn't! I never wanted to add white to a horse again! I have since done white on a horse but not to this extreme, I think this will be the first and the last.....remember, he is not completed in these pictures. :)

 I was due to go to a live show in July and I really wanted to take him, problem was there was no way he would be complete in time. So, with this in mind I decided he was very close to being done and I could try and do a bit more work then, wing it in performance. Which I did. I ended up doing an Extreme Cowboy entry which he placed first in! I was so pleased but he has now sat in my cabinet ever since! oops! I really must finish him when I get time......

Tuesday, 6 October 2015

BMECs 2015

I haven't posted on this blog for a long time now and thought it was probably time for me to make the effort to do so, so here goes.....

This weekend was the British Model Equine Championships or as we know it here BMECs. This year it was run over 2 days instead of just the one due to the amount of people and their horses wanting to attend so that for me meant at least a 2 night hotel stay. Some may already know that I live on the Isle of Wight which is an off shore Island at the bottom of England so planning a trip to the mainland is quite a challenge, I can't obviously just drive there as it means crossing the water by ferry. This does how ever mean that something like BMECs becomes a mini break which is lovely.

One of the things I love most about this show compared to our normal live shows is that I get to meet up with friends at the same hotel and have dinner together, its so nice to catch up with people you haven't seen for some time and have a laugh. This years 2 day show for me was a huge success! The team had split the sections perfectly and everything flowed so smoothly, this was a huge credit to the team and Richard and Sally who were stewarding the rings. When we arrived we were greeted at our allocated tables with a goodie bag and a free horse from Breyer which was such a lovely touch and a welcoming start to the show.

Performance was on Day 1 and run all day with a break for lunch. If I remember correctly my ponies took 2nd in Scene (Hunt), 1st in Dressage, 1st in PC Games and 1st in Driving. The three 1st places then took Group winners and the Driven entry won Performance Champion and the Games set up won a Top ten!  I have to say I was extremely pleased with my entries as there were some great set ups on the tables.

I also won the Door Prize which shocked me as I didn't realise they were doing one?! That was the Year of the Horse model, unfortunately as I don't collect OF he will be going to a friend along with his little grey companion next to him.

I was also very grateful to be awarded the British Model Tack/Prop Maker award! Huge Thank you to Yvette for nudging me to enter.

I will do another post with the photo's I took from both days, they just might all be on the performance side and not the have been warned! :)