Monday, September 16, 2019

The Jennifer Show Part 2

So I got off work Friday the 13th at 6 am, headed home, slept for 4 hours and then packed my truck will all my model stuff and headed down the mountain after running some errands to the AirBnB that Meghan Namaste and Christine Jordan and I were sharing! 

It was a nice place in Aurora about 15 minutes away from the show hall in a quiet neighbor and was a WONDERFUL price. 

We were up and on our way early on Saturday as we needed to run to Walmart to bring food stuffs to the show and then breakfast for us before heading to the show hall. 

I will say that I have shown models for 30 years and this is the LARGEST show that I have ever attended. 

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I will admit that my ADHD kicked in with all the noise and people and it was a bit stressing for me on Saturday to the point I had to sit out a few performance classes I was going to show in because I was pretty shaky. 

The competition was tough and with all my models and two proxy models I might have been overwhelmed on Saturday so I am going to apologize if I was snappish because I was really floundering about. 

My first Medallion came with my little Jumping Jack Resin painted by Molly Pengra in the Other Performance division doing his Miniature Horse Halter Obstacle - someone gave me a LOVE medallion. 

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My little Tiger Horse was 3rd in the Decorator Stablemate Custom class. 

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My Thestral won 2nd place in the Custom Stablemate Fantasy class.
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My Custom glaze Fantasy Chinas got first and second.

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By around 1 PM my space looked like a Kansas Tornado had come through it.

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I did not place in performance as there were so many great entries and my Custom Stablemates and Traditionals did not place either as the classes had tons of horses. We did not leave the show hall until almost 10 PM and back to the AirBnB to crash and burn, it was so exhausting.

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

The Jennifer Show 2019 Part 1

I have been SO excited for this model horse show! There are a ton of great showers coming and I am so excited to see how my little herd competes with some of the top in the hobby. A 2 day show with all these great people is just so awesome and I have been working hard on models and tack and other things for this show.

Meghan Namaste and I decided to be roomies and she found us a great little AirBnB for much cheaper than any of the hotels in the area.

Entry fee Paid and Table selected!! Now it's time to work on projects - tack, models and set ups! I am so excited. 

Then it was packing time! 

I work the next two nights, sleep 1/2 day on Friday and then drive down to Denver area for the show. More to come! 

Sunday, July 28, 2019

Longmire Days 2019

On December 19, 2018 the Buffalo Chamber of Commerce announced Longmire Days! With a Video by Craig Johnson!

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Now the long wait begins until Volunteer, Sponsor and Ticket Information comes out! 

February 21 - Q&A and Tale of Two Walts tickets went on sale!

Rudi and I did manage to get the Q&A that we wanted - YEAH!!  Longmire Days is on the Buffalo, Wyoming website - HERE

I managed to get a horseback ride ticket too! - YEAH!! This is one of my favorite things every year. 

July 12 learned that my all time fave Longmire actor - Zahn McClarnon wasn't making it this year - that's a bummer.

On July 17, I headed down to Fort Collins and picked Rudi up at the Harmony Transfer Station. We drove through Fort Collins and up Hwy 287 into Laramie. From Laramie to Casper there was some beautiful scenery. 

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Of course there was the obligatory horse picture from Casper  - because it's a horse statue and it's me :) 

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We spent the night in Casper - and ate at La Cocina - I have to say this was the WORST Mexican restaurant I have ever eaten at. It was so spicy hot and anyone that knows me knows I love spicy. 

We drove into Buffalo early Thursday morning. We ran around for a bit and I traded an Estes Park Police Dept Patch with the Buffalo Police Dept. Their patch is very cool!
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We ate lunch at the Busy Bee. Then we went to the Longmire Posse Fan Meet up and then the Chamber Volunteer Meeting. Thursday evening was just spent enjoying Buffalo for the night. 

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Friday it was breakfast at the Busy Bee, then working the autograph session, then lunch at the Sagewood for their excellent seafood bisque, then the Q&A. 

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Missed the ball game and the Occidental Jam because - sleep was definitely needed. 

Saturday morning was the annual Pancake Breakfast, then the Parade riding on the Longmire Posse float, the autograph signing and the Fan talent show.

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The talent show was a blast - all the fan talent was great - and to hear A and Leslie Martinez sing and then John Bishop with Ren Farren and Devon Martinez was an added treat. 

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Sunday was the horse ride at Paradise Guest Ranch and the Volunteer Party with the actors. 

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Monday morning was breakfast and the Busy Bee and headed back to Colorado (and Texas for Rudi). 

As always it was a blast to see old friends and new and to talk to the actors and just have a great weekend in Buffalo. Can't wait for 2020!! 

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Friday, June 28, 2019

Playing with Pan Pastels

This year has been a great learning year for me when it comes to model horse customizing and painting. I have been in the hobby since 1985 and have always just dabbled and been on the side lines. 
This year I completed my third NaMoPaiMo and my second Model Tack Month. 

Something else I have been learning is Pan Pastels. 
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Colorfin PanPastel Ultra Soft Artist Pastel Set, 9ml, Weathering, Grays/Grime/Soot, 7-Pack

I started with acrylics and then after several years went to chalk pastels then earth pigments. Now I am working in Pan Pastels and I absolutely LOVE the colors and the way things look.

I have been experimenting and completed three models so far:

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So far I am really liking the results. While these may not be the best of the best I am pleased with my progress. 

Sunday, May 5, 2019

Remembering Pirates of the Great Plains and American Heartland Live Show

It all started 15 years ago this month of May - the Pirate of the Great Plains.

Deb Omel, Morgan Haberman, Melissa Addison and Carra McClelland.
It was our live show traveling group. It was a fun time, many wins were had and many great shows were held.

I held American Heartland Live Show from 2007-2011. While I never won a NAN show of the year - I put on a pretty good 2 day event.

The logo for any of the Pirate Shows was the Jolly Ponoe or the Bloody Ponoe. These were designed and copyrighted by Deb Omel just for our specific use.


American Heartland Live was held each May starting in 2007-2011 - the 2010 show did not happen due to personal reasons.

There were several divisions with including OF Performance, CM/AR Performance, CM, AR, OF and a huge DOG class division as well as a Fantasy division.

There was a stage in the hall that I rented and each year the raffle and door prize tables were up there and they were loaded down with so many great things! It was incredible the generosity of people that donated!!

Each person had a table standard with their name

And while the class ribbons were paper they were a great design

That left room for the really great stuff - the Champs, Reserves and Overalls. 

It was fun to hold and when I look at all the pictures I think I want to hold another one again. Maybe one of the days Colorado will get to experience a Pirate Show !!