Monday, April 23, 2018

Tiffany saves the day

I could have never made it through the entire Rocky Mountain Spring Fling performance class list without the help of Tiffany Purdy.
In addition to making Olivia, the multi-maned performance pony...
She also lent me an amazing Cary Nelson Arabian costume and doll,
a gorgeous youth Native American costume set,
a Victorian sidesaddle set,
sleigh dolls, 
my favorite youth Western show set,
broom polo props...
and this awesome little doll who found her way into several entries.
There was also a really great trick riding set by Rachel Fail and Joan Yount, but Other Western was the last class of the day and I was so tired. One more tack change might have killed me, so I opted for bareback equitation instead.
Thank you so much, Tiffany. You've earned your harness!

Saturday, April 21, 2018

Causing a scene

Lu Heater and Sandy Sanderson are both scene class masters. It's hard to compete with them, so usually I don't try.

At Rocky Mountain Spring Fling, I was determined to try.

Since I'd already built a snowy road diorama for the Pleasure Driving class,
I decided to use that to create a horse sledding scene. 
This was based on a post I'd written way back in February 2012.
photo courtesy of Dom Turner
I worked really hard on the details of this scene so that it would be both interesting and believable. 
I didn't think I had a chance at beating Lu and Sandy, but I was pleased with my efforts nonetheless.
Not surprisingly, Lu...
and Sandy brought their A games.
This Man from Snowy River set-up is truly extraordinary.
And yet, somehow this happened.
This was one of my most satisfying wins of the day. I think I am done avoiding the scene class forever!

Friday, April 20, 2018

Jackie saves the day

English and Western Natural Trail were late additions to the Rocky Mountain Spring Fling classlist. My goal for the show was to enter every single performance class, so at first, I was a little put out at having to come up with two more class ideas.

Then I went to Target and found a 1:9 scale toilet in the toy department. I thought it was funny so I took it home and posted this picture on Facebook.
A couple hours later, I received a message from Jackie Arns Rossi. It read: So. That potty came from Target? I need one to add to my junkyard for a trail scene I call Nature Trail to Hell. 

I have wolfdogs, a toxic waste barrel, rebar and beer bottles. Obviously I need a commode. I can also send all this crap along if needed for trail. It’s just a chain link fence with a horse Calmly Trotting By and all sorts of hell going on.

Let me know if you need stuff so I can set it aside when I pack.

And just like that, I had a plan for Western Natural Trail.

I decided to beef up Jackie's set-up with a few extras, most notably a leaking toxic waste barrel filled with Outhouse Snails. The date on the barrel is Erin's birthday.
Then Santana and I went on a bareback trail ride in search of reference pictures.
That'll do.
This entry was so much fun to set up.
I really wasn't expecting to win, but we all know that Erin secretly loves toilets, snails and Jose. 
Give this man a blue ribbon!
Thanks for the help, Jackie. That was awesome!

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Seth saves the day

A lot of people contributed to my performance entries for Rocky Mountain Spring Fling, including my new friend, Maire Lanzafane.
Maire designed multiple tack sets for Breyer in the early 2000's, but has only recently started making things for the model horse hobby at large.
I met her earlier this year, when she traveled to Denver on business. She brought along some of her pads, and I was instantly a fan.
I ordered a pair of half pads for Rocky Mountain Spring Fling. 
After they arrived, I asked Maire if she would make me a quarter sheet. 
It was scheduled to arrive the day before the show, but the mailman came and went without leaving anything in my box.
I was extremely disappointed, not just for myself, but also for Maire. I explained the situation to Seth, and he immediately offered to drive it to the show hall as soon as it arrived on Saturday.

"You don't have to do that," I said. "I'm only using it in one class. It's not a deal breaker. Plus, the show hall is thirty five minutes away."

He insisted. Secretly, I was delighted.
The quarter sheet arrived just in time for the English Natural Trail class.
It looked absolutely awesome on Olivia... except for the dangling butt strap. Oops.
Still good enough for second place.  
Thank you so much to Maire and Seth for their help with this particular class. It really does take a village to show performance, and I am so glad to have both of you in mine!

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Erin's snail

Erin says she doesn't like snails, but that's not really true. Just look at this beauty which she showed in the Other Animal class at Rocky Mountain Spring Fling.
He won first place! It was the highlight of Erin's day! 
Congratulations, Erin. Sofaking Slimy is a champion, and you are, too!

The Outhouse Class, part two

It would have been a crime to let my nice Bookshelf Barns outhouse go to waste, so I was forced to prepare a second entry for the Outhouse Class at last Saturday's Rocky Mountain Spring Fling.
The documentation read: Hoping for some peace and quiet, George Morris has retreated to the outhouse to eat his ice cream. Sorry, George. There is no peace and quiet at Rocky Mountain Spring Fling!
This placed second, behind my other entry. I am very proud to have won a performance NAN card with an Otto.
Of course, mine weren't the only entries on the table. I'm not sure who owned this mini outhouse (Christie? Melissa?)...
but this one...
is definitely Sandy's work.
Keep pretending, Erin. We know you love our outhouses! 
Every show should have an Outhouse Class. This was so much fun!

The Outhouse Class, part one

Erin Corbett doesn't like outhouses in performance entries, so of course, Heather decided that Rocky Mountain Spring Fling's performance division would include an Outhouse Class. Also of course, I immediately decided this was The Most Important Class of the entire show. 

As luck would have it, I already owned a beautiful outhouse made by Alaina Richardson of Bookshelf Barns. I really wanted to use this, but I jcouldn't figure out how to make it work with a cantering pony.
Eventually, I decided to go another way. I bought two cheap, unfinished outhouses...
and turned them into a cross country jump. Teresa Buzzell helped me with the sponsor banner.
Since Erin loves snails even more than she loves outhouses, I decided to make a few of those to go on the jump.
Okay, I made forty one of them. If something is worth doing, it's worth overdoing, right?
Then I asked Jana Skybova to make a snail themed saddle pad and fly bonnet. She was happy to oblige.
I was so excited to put this on the show table. It was truly a thing of beauty.
Erin loved it.
She can pretend she didn't, but I know the truth.
Every show should have an Outhouse class. That was awesome.