Today's blog post is by Julia Eldridge-Nichols who has just returned from her second show as a Copperfox Ambassador at the Long Island Model Horse Expo, in Long Island, NY. Julia attends many model horses shows hosted in Region 9 and 10. Keep an eye on our blog for more Copperfox Ambassador (CFA) show reports, reviews and news!
Yes, it really is long. It’s a long island, and locals will tell you that no one actually lives in Long Island. They live ON it. Long Island features expanses of rich farmland, an astounding number of wineries (60) and an eclectic mix of architecture. I also noticed that just after each winery open for tastings; there were strategically placed police officers poised behind the bushes to keep the imbibement (drinking of wine) in check!
To get to Long Island, you might brave New York City traffic, or you can get on a ferry from the state of Connecticut. I chose this option, which turned out to be a treat. If you ever get the chance, put your car out into the middle of the ocean (well, not literally of course) while you sit back and revel at a sunrise over the water. As I sipped my coffee, I thought about all the times I’ve sat on the New York bridges in traffic. Then I let those thoughts slip away…
The Long Island Model Horse Expo in Bayport, NY was held by Laura Rock-Smith. She lived up to her name this past weekend, as she was truly a rockstar for all of us! The trophies she presented were beautiful, gleaming depression-era glassware, each one so unique! She also had wonderful rosettes. Prior to the show I had a little fit of crafting and made some sashes for her to add to the mix of awards, although I think this little small but mighty drafter might trip and fall over his. He may need that taken in a little at the neck!
The show was held inside a Girl Scout house, so mandatory cookies were in order and I was greeted with a lovely bag of them. I actually made it home with them and not just their empty cartons, for which I am extremely proud. The hall was cheerily decorated with colorful Chinese paper lanterns in all colors and of course all the colors of equine joy spread out on the tables.
Some tough competition was met with lots of laughs throughout the day, and at lunchtime Laura fed us a meal of soft buttery rolls from a famous NY bakery, a stew that was delicious, along with maybe four other main courses. Ok, sorry I’m supposed to focus on the horses, right-not the food? Oh, but the food. The food!
I set up shop and met some wonderful new show-goers, some familiar faces and many I hadn’t seen before! There was a lot of excitement in the air, and an attendee came by at one point and remarked, “I brought like ALL my Copperfoxes today to show.” I was thrilled and excited to see how they would perform in this day’s show ring, and perform they most certainly did!
By late that afternoon, Percival had taken the Overall Championship in Breed against some seriously tough competition. A big congratulations to his owner, Jennifer for an amazing show day with the herd! It seemed like fitting compensation for the fact that several times during the day, this same shower’s name was somehow announced as Jennifer Burgerton, Jennifer Bottomton, Buttonbottom, and maybe I even heard Burger’Buttonbottom. I’m pretty sure her last name is actually Johnson. (Okay, to be fair it’s Bolton-Johnson). In any case, Jen was a great sport about all the names she was called.
The groupings of models that came out to show were absolutely wonderful. The collector’s class featured a grouping of rare 1950’s Hartlands, and vintage 1970’s “oil crisis” chalky and pearly models. They were just stunning, and looked as though they had always belonged together.
I learned this weekend that there are so many models that I hadn’t known existed, and just how a variety of tastes can blend together and become something amazing, just like a fine wine.
When it came time for the raffle for the Copperfox Bertie, the wonderful announcer with boundless energy Anna called out the winner’s name yet nobody came forward (cue the crickets). There was a “Going once, Going twice!” when the winner came unsuspecting through the front door, with all eyes on her!
The lucky winner was Allison Lavorato. Allison went running for Bertie with arms outstretched, and Bertie went trotting to her with outstretched hooves, forearms, fetlocks and well, you get the point. It was a grand union! Congratulations on your raffle win for beautiful Bertie and I hope he does amazing things in the show ring for you!!
A great big thanks to Laura, Anna, and all the fantastic judges. I raise my glass and toast to you and to the Long Island group. Thank you for an amazing time!
Next stop: Toronto Live Model Horse show in Canada. See you soon!
- Julia Eldridge-Nichols