Good morning/afternoon/evening (this greeting largely depends on the time of day you are reading this at!)
BMEC was 24th September to 25th September. And it was amazing :)! It was a long, tiring, exciting and busy weekend. I really enjoyed it! So did the Other Half, just a little bit! I had some decent placings with my horses, seven placed out of 11 attending. Which I think is pretty good :)!
The BF and I were staying at the Days Inn, a local hotel at a service station. It is budget, but it is adequate. Some of the other attendees were staying there also, which meant we could share lifts too and from the venue which saved money on taxis etc. Each morning we met up for coffee, which was very much needed Sunday morning. On Saturday evening we spend a few hours together eating and chinwagging, getting to know each other and getting into general giggles. There was chips, burgers and doughnuts!
I took lots and lots of photos, lots of eye candy and my grail list has currently increased. This is a good thing for me, but bad for the bank balance. I have rather fallen in love with Peter Stone weanlings, Samson resins and Mini Whinnies!!
I shall now insert some eye candy for you to look at, however if you want to see the full album, please look on Facebook!!
The full album can be found here
These photos are mine, if you do use, please give me credit! (Either Applegarth Stables or M.Dixon)!
I have created a photoshow series! Which means you should enter. It is on Facebook, so you will need to be a member there to be able to join the group.
Click on the picture below to go and see what it is all about! :)
I am back! There is definitely a running theme at the moment... I am intense when there is something model horsey happening in my life and then large patches of time where you will hear nothing from me. :P
Anyway! Packing for me was actually completed a month and ago at Hot to Trot. I took out the horses that are not going to BMEC and then left in the 10 (11 including Ashes, but he is visiting a friend) that are attending BMEC. They are wrapped up in fleecy pony pouches avaliable from Chestnut Ridge and then slipped inside a Pony Pouch made by Jan of Solstice Sky Studios. The Chestnut Ridge pony pouches are made from fleecy, simple yet affective and highly affordable. The Solstice Sky Studios pouches are brilliant and I love them. They are squidgey, they have toggles and the fabric is really cheerful.
I at least now have a better idea of which horses are entering which class on which day. Since BMEC is over two days, twice the fun, but also twice the stress!
I am beginning to feel a bit more in control of BMEC and planning now. Which is definitely helping how I feel about it in general. I am 'nervecited' as it where. (Yes I just invented a word, and yes you know exactly what I mean).
Only thing left to do now is check ponies over, make sure whites are white, blacks are black. Disguise any ear rubs and make sure they are all in spit spot condition. I also need to tag them. Particularly the OF horses. I feel like an army of Hartland Hitechs could easily mean mine could get lost!
BMEC (British Model Equine Championships) is only four days away. This means panic stations. I am taking 11 horses, however I am still worried! One horse is currently at a friends, as she got a few from me for Proxying etc. The other 10 are already packed but goodness me, it is scary for a first timer!
I have bombarded various friends with lots of questions, coping techniques with my anxiety and just general knowledge for the show. Even though I have been to four shows this year, BMEC is a little different...
BMEC is held over two days with different section on each day.
Performance, Commercial China & Resin, Craft Collectables, CTF and OF.
Custom, Artist Resin, Workmanship, Artist China and Animal Artistry
For me I have six horses showing on Saturday and five horses showing on Sunday. I have my fingers crossed for good placings and a good day. A couple of my horses have previously placed at BMEC in previous years, but ultimately it depends on the judge and competition on the day. I am there for the experience, winning is a bonus.
I am especially looking forward to the super raffle, from what I know there is usually some super duper horses in that! Otherwise the normal raffle will be brilliant, I play tactically, so I know how to win :) I love winning in raffles, it is super fun! :)
I also need to make sure I don't spend too much, I have horses that I am selling. So anything that I sell and gain from that I will be using for new Pon-Pons!!
I am taking my boyfriend with me, which will be nice and I am looking forward to meeting up with hobby friends that I have gotten to know in recent months :)
While I am nervous for the days there, getting there and being surrounded by a lot of people, I reckon most will be too busy showing their horses! I know some members of the hobby are taking in excess of 300 horses with them to show. Which is crazy! But good luck to them!
This post ended up rather longer than intended, expect more from me in the coming days!
Follow my Instagrams @applegarth_models to keep updated on how the day goes. Signal pending, I have been informed the venue has incredibily bad coverage... So you might have to wait until the evening to see what I get up to.
I will be there taking lots and lots of photos, which I would like to upload to my website in an album to reach a wider audience than just Facebook which is where I post the majority of my photos.
To those going to BMEC this weekend, good luck! It will be a good and very busy weekend!