SNEWRU, as we all affectionately refer to it as, has quickly become one of the highest-attended model horse shows in Region 10. Held by Brenda Bednar, SNEWRU began in 2013 and has grown into a two-day show spanning pretty much every division you can think of - OF, custom, performance, china - it's all there. It sells out at least a solid month or two in advance, and rightly so! This is exactly why it took me until 2019 to attend for the first time - I drag my feet.
The drive to Spencer was a tad bit hairy - thankfully I'm only about an hour away, but early morning snow sent my car into a half-spin on one of my last turns and my life flashed before my eyes, thinking of the precious cargo in my back seat and trunk. Ah, New England, where we can have a strangely mild February but the snow comes back with a vengeance once March rolls around.
I certainly was intimidated walking into SNEWRU for my first local show in so long - I've always heard the competition is stiff and I'm a bit rusty after such a long break! I was very pleasantly surprised by my results, though - the day started off with a reserve champ in collectibility by my preproduction sample model of Copperfox's "Loughnatousa Fabio" that I purchased a few months ago from the company's archive liquidation, affectionately dubbed "Dr. Strangelove." Not too bad for his first time out! And those rosettes were KILLER.
|"Dr Strangelove" - Reserve Champion of OF Sport Breed Collectibility|
|"Swyn Lwcus" - Champion of OF Pony Breeds Halter|
Although that was it for my big titles for the day, I was shocked at just how well my horses did overall. I totaled up 14 NAN cards and a fistful of placings. I'd say roughly 80% of my models received at least one ribbon, which is pretty impressive considering SNEWRU only places to 6th and many of the OF classes have at least a few dozen models in them. I guess my knack didn't quite fade away after all.
|"Screamadelica" snagged a 2nd in a HUGE Arabian|
class - it's been a while since her last NAN card!
One of my earliest model horse memories is wandering into the Spencer hall around 2006 to check out what I now know was a model horse show, but my dad and I figured it was just a place with vendors selling Breyers! I'm almost positive it was one of the many performance shows that were held there, because I vividly remember looking at a performance setup with a Tregoyd Journeyman model. Anywho, there was a single vendor there selling models and that day I purchased Spectacular Bid on the Man O War mold.
|He desperately needs a new photo.|
My next show is coming up quickly - Mid-Atlantic Regional on the 31st, which will also be my very first Region 9 show! I'm woefully behind on my show prep, so I think that will be my main project this week. Maybe someday I'll kick the procrastination habit.