A BIG thank you to everyone who came to our painting, create and show workshop this Saturday. We hope you had as much fun as we did!
The day started bright and early, with the UH team arriving at the venue just before dawn. After a cup of (very) strong coffee, the UH team got to work un-packing our little UH van, which was packed to the brim with models and getting everything ready for the days attendees and their hundreds of models.
In the morning, we painted Stablemates. A great activity in which you can have a go at painting a model horse anyway you wish. There was many colours being painted from dun to palomino, and piebald to skewbald. In everyone workshop there always seems to be a trend of colour and this time, it was dun and skewbald models. In our October Workshop last year it was palomino. Very weird but true!! After a few hours of painting, everyone had a little herd of horses, in all shapes and colours, in front of them waiting to dry and the standard of painting was amazing. Lots of budding artists in the making! Pictures of painting and the painted models can be found here.
We then had a break for lunch... although the UH team seemed to eat more than our guests! Everyone it seemed was so nervous about the show in the afternoon that they weren't hungry! So, we galloped quickly on to the highlight of the day. The Live Show.
The show started with the Performance classes, which are the ridden classes. English Performance was first and there were many amazing entries, with many people making their own accessories like jumps and scenes. A very talented bunch! There were Showjumping entries, Cross Country, Dressage and some beautiful English Ridden ones. Click here to see our album on Live Show pictures from the day on Facebook. Western Performance and Other Performance followed, and Costume was next. The Arabian costume entry in this class was jaw-dropping. So intriciate! (see it here!) The last class in the Performance section was the Scene class which always sees creative and imaginative entries. The Champion of the Performance Section was the 1st place entry from the Scene class (left) and the Reserve Champion was the 1st place entry from the Western Class (piccies below)
The next section was the In-Hand classes. It was great to see so many different types of models, from Breyers to Stones, Schleichs to Papos and even some higher end Resin and Porcelain pieces. Lots of eye candy to look at! Some models I must mention are the Breyer Rainbows, the "free" horse from last years Treasure Hunt. This is the model you could send for from Breyer US after you had collected all the codes. Two versions of Rainbow came to the show- the transulent Rainbow one and the matt Pintaloosa. The last version is a glossy Pintaloosa. One other horse that we loved was the new Stone Saddlebred Model: "Call Me Ringo" (below left). He was beautiful and the paint finish was out-of-this-world! Oh... and another Stone Horse that I can't think of the name of at the moment...! (pictured right)
After the "serious" classes, were the more relaxed fun classes which featured "Most Loved Model", "Rarest Model" and the very popular "Easter Scene" class. Everyone was so imaginative and creative! Well Done! Some snaps from this class can be found below but see all the entries here.
After all the classes came the time to decide the shows champions, the overall Supreme Champion and the Reserve Supreme Champion. A very tough class to judge! After much looking, talking and deciding, the Supreme Champion Trophy and Rosette went to the 1st place entry from the Scene class (left picture) and the Reserve Supreme Champion was awarded to the 1st place entry from the American Breeds class- "Call Me Ringo" (right). A GIGANTIC well done to the winners!
So, thank you to everyone who came to the day. We hope you all had as much fun as we did. Before I go I must mention Lydia who had the brilliant idea of asking everyone who attended the day to sign her UH catalogue. Its was a fantastic idea and a great memento of the day! Can you spot my signature? Thank you Lydia for sharing this with us and I hope you had a good day. (Have you tried painting your Stablemates yet? Email Me!)
So whens the next UH Workshop? Well, we are off to Scotland on the 19th May for the next UH Workshop and then we have the big one.... the UH HULLABALOO! WOOP!