Sunday, 7 October 2018

Halloweenies 2018

I forgot how exhausting live showing was! Absolutely knackered and my feet are killing me but we had a wonderful day. Brandy is so happy to be back on the showing circuit!

For those who want to see all the pictures they can be found here:

But for those who just want a few selected highlights here is my report from the show :D

I can't deny the fact that on Saturday morning I did not want to get out of bed! It's only an hour drive to Tadley but the show starts early which meant I had to get up early. I have well and truly caught the BMECS Bug so didn't get much sleep Friday night at all. Cue very grumpy me.

Brandy saw the boxes and immediately got VERY excited! She was literally shaking the whole way to the show, because clearly excitement means anxiety attack if your Brandy. She hasn't been to a show since May and probably enjoys it far more than I do, I definitely think she's missed everyone.

We arrived way too early and sat around in the car for a bit catching Pokemon (the hall was a pokestop so all were happy) before I kitted Brandy out in her amazing spider costume! As it was a fairytale themed show I wore traditional German dress and carried a basket with bread in it (which was actually very useful for putting things in during the show).

Once in we set up in our usual spot (I do love a usual spot live show) and Brandy got to work greeting all her friends, including Zak her greyhound boyfriend who she has definitely missed! The wonderful thing about minis shows is that they don't take up much table space and you can lie most of the models down, preventing too much wobbling!

There were a lot of hellos (and a few hugs #spreadingtheBMECSbug) and I was so overwhelmed to receive a beautiful card :D Brendon was sulking because Laura was late and he wanted to go out and buy a paper and such things and couldn't leave me unsupervised but shortly the show got underway :D

The first section in all three rings was performance. I should mention that Halloweenies is a mini show, but that doesn't mean the performance section is empty! The level of tiny insanity shown in these entries is just mind boggling. I honestly don't know how anyone can do Mini Whinnie scale performance! Madness....

Below is one of the scene entries. This one has been around for a while but Catherine did a load more work to it including adding the moonlight at the back and making the light in the pumpkin flicker! (sorry I forgot to get a video). It was really beautiful.

I also just adored this scene entry. The Copperfoxes are the mini resins that have been painted to look like their big cousins. Can you spot Henrietta? I thought it was a brilliant idea and I know its got a lot of love on Instagram!

Here is just one example of the insanity expressed by miniature tack makers. I am honestly in awe of anyone who can make such beautiful tiny tack.

One of the English performance entries. Again look at the level of detail in the hand made tack on this Stablemate!

It was soon time for the performance championship. There were a good selection of stunning entries but I don't think anyone would dispute the champion choice.

Performance Championship


Reserve Champion

Reserve to Reserve Champion

It was now time for the in hand classes. The first three sections to run were CTF, OF and CM. Models up to the size of CollectA were allowed to be shown. Halloweenies is honestly one of the most competitive shows of the year, even getting a 6th place at Weenies is such an achievement. The classes are HUGE and many contain 6 or 7 of exactly the same model. They are a complete nightmare to judge let me tell you!

I was eager to get a lot of my new models in the ring after quite a long showing break. I decided I only wanted to take one of my new RubberNedz Trakehners (I am taking the black one to the next show). Here is a picture of Albert in the ring at his first ever show (also check out the amazing table decorations that Clare makes).

Below is just one of the hundreds of stunning custom entries. Many of them are resculpts and all of them are just gorgeous.

Nedlets were not an uncommon sight in the CTF section as I'm sure you would imagine! Below are two of the drafters being shown, the first is a gorgeous bay roan and the second a stunning bay.

Another example of a lovely custom, just look at the roaning on those quarters!

Did I say something about lovely customs? This was a Breyer Stablemate Valegro, the richness of the bay is just amazing and I love the resculpting work.

I loved this little CTF model. He has such a cute face! I want to get one to repaint at some point he's just too adorable.

There are a lot of CollectA models on show in the CTF section, this is just one of them, a little bay Quarter Horse foal.

A shot of the whole hall, you can see the three rings (and yes it is necessary to have such massive rings at a tiny show) including the really rather awesome table decorations!

Another stunning custom, this one has been rehaired! And look at those ribbons!

It was now time for the CTF championship. There was a lot of variety, including RubberNedz, CollectA and Schleich models (as well as some others). All of which were really lovely.

CTF Championship

Champion - CRS Albert I

Reserve Champion

Reserve to Reserve Champion

I was absolutely delighted (and completely shocked) to win CTF Champion! Albert did mummy really proud :D I am also pleased to say that the Reserve to Reserve champion was sold by Chestnut Ridge!

It was now time for lunch (nom nom). At lunchtime there were a couple of fun classes. The show host makes these cute little animals called Plushlings and Hatchlings (Plushlings are horses and Hatchlings are dragons). Below are some of the entries for the Hatchlings class!

As you can see they won crocheted pumpkins, Sheriff won 5th place and i just love my little pumpkin :D

Lunch also meant raffle time. There was a huge raffle with lots of different prize on offer. It raised several hundred pounds for retired race horses which was just wonderful :D

Now back onto the showing! As the CTF section had finished it was time for the Animal Artistry section to take over Ring 1.

My beautiful Darcy was looking very gorgeous in the show ring :D

Below is another Stablemate custom resculpt. I really love what they have done with this G4 Mustang, he just looks so wild.

It was now time for the huge OF championship. There was a good mixture of Breyers, Stones and some resin and chinas in the ring. I did not envy the judges having to judge it!

Original Finish Championship


Another picture of the champion because isn't he just a gorgeous model?

Reserve Champion

Reserve to Reserve Champion

And just as one section finishes so does another! Below are the winners from the incredibly competitive custom championship.

Custom Championship


Reserve Champion

Reserve to Reserve Champion

And the Animal Artistry championship (I was tired and didn't take as many pictures in the afternoon). Donna donated some gorgeous skeleton heads to the champions of this section.

I had the pleasure of helping to judge it. Thankfully we both agreed almost immediately on what we wanted as the top 3 so it was nice and quick!

AA Championship


Another shot of the stunning champion. I love the colour on this model.

Reserve Champion

Reserve to Reserve Champion

I'm afraid I didn't get many pics of the individual AR horses. This section ran in all three rings following the custom, OF and AA sections! I do have pictures of the champions though.

I also had the pleasure of helping to judge the AR championship. Again an easy decision as we both agreed!

Artist Resin Championship


A better picture of the champion winning horse with flash.

Reserve Champion

Reserve to Reserve Champion

Which meant it was time for the Supreme! Here you can see the judges hard at work assessing the line up. You can also see the beautiful green, purple and black rosettes that were awarded.

I also completely forgot to mention that the champions won these really cool books! I'm so looking forward to reading mine :D

Supreme Championship

Supreme Champion

Reserve Supreme Champion - CRS Albert I

Reserve to Reserve Supreme Champion

I was completely shocked and over the moon at how well Albert did. Thank you so much to all the judges, I'm so in love with this pony and I just adore my amazing new rosettes :D Also I now have two really cool looking books to read!

A massive thank you to Clare for running such a wonderful show, to Richard for stewarding and to all the judges and helpers. I felt like crap after BMECS but after yesterday I've been reminded why I go to shows, I had a really wonderful day, thank you x

Spirit Riding Free - IN THE UK

SCREAM PEOPLE! Spirit Riding Free has been licensed in the UK! This exciting (and it is exciting) development was discovered by a hobbyist who popped into their local Smyths Toy Superstore only to find SPIRIT RIDING FREE MERCHANDISE!

No Breyer products (as of yet we hope) but there are a good selection of items available including the BRAND NEW PLAYMOBILE SETS!!!

So here are some links to the products already available. I'm sure they are available at other toy retailers but I'm linking to Smyths because that is what I looked at!

Doll and Classic Horse Sets

Spirit and Lucky -

Dreamworks Spirit Riding Free Doll & Classic Horse-Lucky & Spirit

Deluxe Feeding Set -

Dreamworks Spirit Riding Free Deluxe Feeding Set

Prudence and Chica Linda -

Dreamworks Spirit Riding Free Doll & Classic Horse - Prudence & Chica Linda

Abigail and Boomerang -

Dreamworks Spirit Riding Free Doll & Classic Horse-Abigail & Boomerang


Spirit and Lucky -

 Playmobil 9478 DreamWorks Spirit Riding Free Horse Box Lucky & Spirit

Lucky's Bedroom -

Playmobil 9476 DreamWorks Spirit Riding Free Lucky's Bedroom

Lucky's Happy Home -

Playmobil 9475 DreamWorks Spirit Riding Free Lucky's Happy Home

Abigail and Boomerang -

Playmobil 9480 DreamWorks Spirit Riding Free Horse Box Abigail & Boomerang

Pru & Chica Linda -

Playmobil 9479 DreamWorks Spirit Riding Free Horse Box Pru & Chica Linda

Individual Horses

Tambourine -

Dreamworks Spirit Riding Free Classic Horse - Tambourine

Nibbly -

Dreamworks Spirit Riding Free Classic Horse - Nibbly

Crow -

Dreamworks Spirit Riding Free Classic Horse - Crow

Other Stuff

Barn Play Set -

Dreamworks Spirit Riding Free Barn Playset

Classic Horse & Stable Set -

Dreamworks Spirit Riding Free Classic Horse & Stable Set

No prizes for guessing what I want for Christmas!