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National Model Tack Month Begins Today!

There's another challenge for DIY hobbyists and it is National Model Tack Month! Hanna Bear is hosting it on Facebook. Like National Model Painting Month, this is an opportunity for artists of all levels to work on a project with the support of an online community. I am loving these challenges and the positive vibes they bring to our hobby.

More about the group can be found here: 
https://www.facebook.com/groups/1864585590421445/permalink/2041827066030629/ It isn't too late to join and start your own tack project.

Personally, I enjoy showing in showmanship and in-hand classes with my Stablemate models. (Less tack and no rider dolls to make hold the reins, just a handler and judge.) Another western halter would come in handy—so that will be my goal for the month.

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2108 Model Horse Shows

I lived in Boise, Idaho for 17 years, and let me just say that the Intermountain West has many wonderful things to do, but model horse shows weren't often one of them. Our model horse club held shows for many years, and I occasionally traveled to North Idaho, Washington, Oregon, and Utah for a show or held a show myself.

So I am excited to be in the Midwest! Where showing is going strong—so much so that show tables spaces often fill up quickly.

This spring and summer, I have plans to attend the following:

March 24th, Hillard, OH - Save the Tigers Model Horse Show
Hosted by Kristen Donato (https://savethetigersmodelhorseshow.weebly.com/)

April 21st, Riga, MI - Tax Time Relief Live Model Horse Show
Hosted by Trina Houser (joeypony1997@gmail.com)

July 13th, Lexington, KY - Breyerfest Open Model Show
Hosted by Michelle Masters (http://www.breyerhorses.com/bf2018-model-horse_shows-landing)


Save the Tigers Live Show March 24, 2018

Kristen Donato did a wonderful job hosting Save The Tigers Model Horse Show at the fairgrounds in Hillard, Ohio. With both a youth show and a NAN show, the hall was busy with about 57 showers and nine divisions. Custom minis were a smaller division held after the traditional customs and were double judged on breed and workmanship. Performance was open to all size models.

I was excited to debut a few new custom minis, including:


I never want to interrupt the judges by taking photos and be “that shower”, but I did get a few photos of the lovely custom minis at the show:












As for performance, there were a few other showers showing minis:


There’s nothing like painting a micro mini model to make a Stablemate seem huge! I chose a blanket Appaloosa pattern with large spots and two-toned legs—this being one of Maggie’s pewter models the legs weren’t as nice as her newer resin models, so I didn’t want to highlight them with white socks. You may have seen photos of my reference on Pinterest (https://www.pinterest.com/sarahtregay/spotted-mule/).

First, I “sketched” out the blanket shape in White Earth Pigment, using a silicone shaper tool dipped in the dust to draw it on. Any edits wiped off easily with a damp rag because I had sealed the basic bay pastel layer with Krylon Matte spray. 
Once I had the shape I wanted, I sealed the pigment in place and began to paint in with white and black acrylics, and mixing pastel dust with acrylic medium to get a brown “paint” that matched my basic bay. 
Here’s the little guy with his spots:
Best of luck painting your Maggie Bennett Micro Mini... and remember that you can enter her contest…