I have been working on so many different things for the show that I don't actually know what I still have to do. I made a list yesterday but it quickly went out the window. I looked at this afternoon and managed to cross a few things off, but added like 6 more things.
I got all of the performance stuff figured out and ready to go with the except of a barrel and the handlers for Showmanship. My financial status (AKA Broke) meant that I wasn't able to get to out closest real hobby store. They have train stuff in several sizes and have a good selection of people for Stablemate and micro. Since I'm not doing Micro, I thought I would still get a few Stablemate sized people to make my set-up a little better. After looking at what I have today for people/handlers, I decided that I most likely won't do that class. I could do it as a 4-H English Showmanship class, but I still don't have anything that I would be willing to use as a judge. They are kind of important. At the moment I am ok with the idea of not doing that class. It tends to be very large and it would mean a lot of tack changing in the few 3 classes. We would start with that class, then do other scene which means that he needs to be completely tack free for my set-up. After that it's Western so he needs a full tack change. I know that are several classes in between showmanship and other scene, but I'm already going to be ready to pull my hair out, so 1 less class will be fine by me. I might skip for the Other classes too for western and english, but I really like my other western set-up, I think that it will be a different way of doing that class. We will just have to wait and see.
Today I got the last of my horses in the mail. As of right now, all of the horses I own are here in my house. That hasn't happened in a long time. The last 5 from Angelica came today and the 3 from Ruth arrived over last week. I paid off Cassini and bought another horse from her the same day, they shipped together and were here Monday. I put model spending on a firm hold for the time being. With 2 shows coming up and having to travel and pay for a hotel for the second one, I need to save a few pennies. After I got everyone here at the house I was able to get everyone into their respective spot in the show totes. And then moved several horses around. Socks was suppose to share a spot with Al but his base didn't fit. So he got a single spot along with Sea Breeze (Jewel) Fair Warning (Caraway) and Moe (Towhee) I have no problem giving them their own spots, I would rather have them be single and safe than double and possibly broken.
On the sale side of things, I was able to sell 3 mircos last week. Cava, Sahir and Tarek are all going to a new home. They will come with me to both shows and then leave for warmer weather some time at the end of the month. They haven't been paid for yet, but she said she is taking them. I believe her considering how often she was emailing me about them. I still have a few Stablemates for sale, but they will just hang out with me at the shows. I have a laundry list of things that I plan on selling at the shows. Besides the totes, I am going to try and sell the 2 stablemates and several of the unpainted micros. After hanging on to a few of them for a while I decided that I was ok with the idea of selling or trading them. I will be trading for a few micros at the Iowa show and I hope to be able to trade for a few more.
I did get the stablemate tote finished. I didn't end up with a much room as I wanted, but I wasn't going to cram horses in so that I could. I fit all 10 in and have a few small places for legs tags and whatever else. Overall I am very happy with how my new show/storage totes turned out. Today I got a little bored and decided to take new pics of all the micros. I didn't think it was too bad until I started editing all 50 pics. It doesn't sound like a lot, but they each have to have steps done before they can be finished. They all turned out rather nice and I now have pics of all the new faces.
Speaking of new faces, I am so proud of my Heather Nightly mare. I pasteled her to a softer dapple grey and I just love how she turned out.
Meet Ever So Clever. She will be showing as a Fell pony at both shows and I feel that she is one of my nicest micros. I am excited and nervous to see how she does, like I am with all of the horses that I do.
Well, until next time. Here's to hopefully having some hair after these shows.