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Mary
05-23-2017, 08:50 AM
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Blab has lots of UK members and we love you all. :tiphat :hey

Of course all hobbyists are one community and post wherever they like on Blab. This new forum is a kind of a test to see if our UK members would like a section devoted to the things that are more local to them.

That can include UK events ... I'm sure there are other web forums and locations where this info is exchanged, but hopefully you can now get it on Blab as well.

And fascinations with things that are most popular in the UK. The Julip series comes to mind, and more!

And ... the way things are done in the UK that aren't always shared outside the UK. As I understand it, performance set-ups have different expectations, and it's nice to be able to discuss them with locals, according to 'local rules'.

Maybe non-model-horse topics as well?

Anything else you can think of! It's your forum! :blueflower


If this forum takes off it will stay ... if in a few months it really hasn't been used much, that's ok, it can sort of distribute back into the rest of Blab. Either way, this is your forum!
:horserun

Whitestones_uk
05-23-2017, 10:36 AM
And fascinations with things that are most popular in the UK. The Julip series comes to mind, and more!

And ... the way things are done in the UK that aren't always shared outside the UK. As I understand it, performance set-ups have different expectations, and it's nice to be able to discuss them with locals, according to 'local rules'.

Maybe non-model-horse topics as well?



WAHOO ... Thank you :)

Regards Performance set ups - we have to have riders/drivers/handlers over here ... apart for that they are pretty much the same ;)

We also have a section at most shows called CTF (Craft, Toy & Foundation) this is for the more 'toy' type of models that you can get like Julip, Papo, Schleich and Safari type models as well as Handmade models :D

equestrifun
05-23-2017, 05:42 PM
This is fabulous!!

Whitestones_uk
05-23-2017, 06:18 PM
This is fabulous!!

:yeahthat It sure is ... :D

What shall we talk about? :popcorn

Anyone got any Questions .... :hubba

Mary
05-23-2017, 09:59 PM
Here's a couple of ideas ... if not of interest no worries, but just a try ...


Where do UK peeps gather to meet each other and show off their models? At live shows of course, but other places as well. Is everyone connected with the info on those gatherings?

How often are live shows in the UK - and how large are they in terms of classes, how much of your collection do you get to show? Performance always or just sometimes?

If you show, are you able to get to as many live shows as you'd like, and is driving an issue?

I have to say that, being from Texas (larger than most European nations, France could fit inside without touching the sides, distances can be many driving hours), when I used to to work stints in London and learned that Edinburgh is only 3 hours for London, as far as I was concerned the whole country was in the backyard. Could go anywhere on a day trip (not that I had time but thought it was great). :)

MartyUK
05-24-2017, 07:59 AM
Great Idea Mary :)

Mary
05-24-2017, 08:36 AM
Oh and another point of discussion ... the name of the forum. "UK Happenings" was just a spur-of-the-moment thought. If you have other suggestions, there may be a better choice out there. :)

Whitestones_uk
05-24-2017, 12:16 PM
Here's a couple of ideas ... if not of interest no worries, but just a try ...

Where do UK peeps gather to meet each other and show off their models? At live shows of course, but other places as well. Is everyone connected with the info on those gatherings?

How often are live shows in the UK - and how large are they in terms of classes, how much of your collection do you get to show? Performance always or just sometimes?

If you show, are you able to get to as many live shows as you'd like, and is driving an issue?

I have to say that, being from Texas (larger than most European nations, France could fit inside without touching the sides, distances can be many driving hours), when I used to to work stints in London and learned that Edinburgh is only 3 hours for London, as far as I was concerned the whole country was in the backyard. Could go anywhere on a day trip (not that I had time but thought it was great). :)

Where do we gather? ANYWHERE .... :lmao
There are many village hall/community centre shows but there are also quite a few house shows too. Many people live quite close to each other so we do sometimes get to go round to other collectors houses just for natter and a drool .... :3drool I had a couple of collectors pop around to mine in the past few weeks to drool at the herd :toothy
The main point of contact is the British Model Horse Collectors FB page where all the events in the year are listed in the files section. This list is also on the BECF website (see links in my signature). This year is a record year with well over 50 live shows, and the number keeps growing. :zow The FB group has 1250 members, and yes we have some members from outside the UK, so come on over and join in the fun :D

How often are live shows in the UK?
At the moment there is at least one nearly every weekend, some weekends folks are doing one show on the Saturday and another on the Sunday! Some weekends there are a couple of shows on at the same time. Show holders try not to 'double book' a show on a weekend where there another planned but the weekends fill up fast. In that case showholders try and keep it so there is one in the south and one in the north so as many people as possible can make it. Shows have an average of around 20 entrants per show ( depending on venue size ) and the shows tend to have around 80-120+ classes.
Class sizes vary .... it could be just a couple of models to 30+ .... OF and CTF classes tend to be the most popular.

How much of your collection do you get to show? Performance always or just sometimes?
When I go to a show I tend to concentrate on the Performance section as that's my 'thing' and I try and take as many Performance models as possible. Shows tend to limit it to 2 or 3 models per person per class. Most of my Performance models are 'one class' entrants, that is they are tacked up for one class and that's it. It's very rare to find one model being used in multiple Performance classes over here. Maybe a English Ridden will then go in Jumping or a Western Pleasure will then be used in Trail but most models tend to be set up just for one class. We don't use a 'points system', Class winners then go through to the section championship.

After burning myself out in the Performance classes I then tend to show only a few models in the rest of the show cause I'm normally to knackered to do much else lol
But I try and take an average or around 30 or 40 models per show ( including Perf entries).

If you show, are you able to get to as many live shows as you'd like, and is driving an issue?
No - never enough lol. I don't drive so I rely on my OH to take me and as we both work Saturdays I'm restricted to Sunday shows only, and then they need to be about 2 to 2/12 hours drive away maximum as otherwise it's too much for us. Petrol is about 1.17 per litre at the moment which is quite low ... it does go up to nearly 1.30 at times so it can be expensive for a long trip. Personally we don't tend to do 'over night' trips as the budget/time won't allow :(
Yes it's true that we are not large country and you can do almost top to bottom in one day but that would mainly be via motorway driving. Many of us live 'off the beaten track' where it is smaller and much slower roads and a 20 mile journey could take over an hour at times! For me it take nearly an hour just to get to a motorway! Then there are the road works to deal with! :somad

This is fun :D

Next questions ... :popcorn

Whitestones_uk
05-24-2017, 12:17 PM
Great Idea Mary :)

:yeahthat:exactly:agreed

Whitestones_uk
05-24-2017, 12:25 PM
Oh and another point of discussion ... the name of the forum. "UK Happenings" was just a spur-of-the-moment thought. If you have other suggestions, there may be a better choice out there. :)

'Best of British', 'British Blab-ish', BritBlab, British Collectors Corner or British Blab Corner (BBC ... lol)

The term UK is not really used over here much ... we tend to use British/Britons and Britain ;)

estypest
05-24-2017, 04:54 PM
What a fantastic idea ^_^

I totally get your comment Mary about the size of UK versus Texas.. but via what mode of transport was Edinburgh only 3 hours aha.. it takes me 7 hours by train to get there from Norfolk aha. I agree that the roads can be bad... from Norfolk it takes ages to even get to a motorway.. so for instance just getting to an event in Yorkshire took me 4+hours. And to go to my closest live show will take me between 1.5 -2 hours if I drive fast aha. BUT I know I'm being picky here.. I've been to the USA a few times and looked at the map and thought WOW at the size (but I feel you have much better roads!!). ANYWAY!

To reiterate.. great idea ^_^

Mary
05-24-2017, 10:06 PM
What a fantastic idea ^_^

I totally get your comment Mary about the size of UK versus Texas.. but via what mode of transport was Edinburgh only 3 hours aha.. it takes me 7 hours by train to get there from Norfolk aha. I agree that the roads can be bad... from Norfolk it takes ages to even get to a motorway.. so for instance just getting to an event in Yorkshire took me 4+hours. And to go to my closest live show will take me between 1.5 -2 hours if I drive fast aha. BUT I know I'm being picky here.. I've been to the USA a few times and looked at the map and thought WOW at the size (but I feel you have much better roads!!). ANYWAY!

To reiterate.. great idea ^_^

I dunno what mode of transport, good point. Me 'n another Texas were in London looking at a road map - this was a long time ago - and I think we may have calculated "120 miles" and being Texans were like "Get in the car, let's go!"

London colleagues: "Why?"

Us Texans: "To see it!"

London colleagues: "Why?"

It was definitely a different mindset. We were of the several generation of American midwesterners raised to "go see" things, just to have seen and experienced them. It was so far to everything, it was the only way to see something different than the local, so let's go.

I'm sure we were thinking in terms of American interstate highway system. Where it is long, flat and almost straight, and you can almost put a foot on the dashboard, crank up the radio, eat chips and drive one-handed for hundreds of miles. Just kidding. Sort of. :drive




Yes it's true that we are not large country and you can do almost top to bottom in one day but that would mainly be via motorway driving. Many of us live 'off the beaten track' where it is smaller and much slower roads and a 20 mile journey could take over an hour at times! For me it take nearly an hour just to get to a motorway! Then there are the road works to deal with! :somad

This is fun :D

Next questions ... :popcorn

Re the roadways: Aha! That makes sense.

I think that is similar in the U.S. just about anywhere, once one is on local roads and off the interstate. But population-wise things tend to be near the interstate highway (roughly equivalent to the M1).

With only 20 entrants per show, could you fill several shows on the same weekend? The list of 1250 is quite a few, even if you figure most are not actively showing.

Mary
05-24-2017, 10:11 PM
'Best of British', 'British Blab-ish', BritBlab, British Collectors Corner or British Blab Corner (BBC ... lol)

The term UK is not really used over here much ... we tend to use British/Britons and Britain ;)

Thank you! :toothy

OK everyone, post your forum name ideas and we'll organize a poll, thank you! :puter

Kay115
05-26-2017, 03:52 AM
What a cool idea!

The last time I went to a model horse show as nearly 12 years ago, when I was 13/14 and relying on my good ol' dad to take me to a village hall to look at some plastic ponies that he was fairly sure I'd grow out of (I already had a real one, why would I need plastic ones too?). I've had to take a step back from the real horse this year as I'm expecting my first baby in August, so I've kind of thrown myself into the model world to compensate! I've got my first show in ages in July which is only about 20 mins away from me (I am not a confident driver, so my dad giving me lifts has been replaced by Husband!), Most shows seem to be about 2/3 hours away.
I'm working on my first custom model.... also being a bit of a drastic one with legs being moved and new mane/tail added... and I would love to try my hand at performance at some point. But it does mean purchasing tack and riders which can get expensive.

Rio
05-26-2017, 04:35 AM
I manage to get to one or maybe two shows a year. This is because there are very few shows within 2 hours of us. We also don't own a car so we have to hire one for the weekend which is 90 usually.

I'd love to run a show so there are more in Wales :)
I like UK happenings, not everyone likes to be called British ;)

Mary
05-27-2017, 06:55 PM
So far



Best of British
British Blab-ish
BritBlab
British Collectors Corner
British Blab Corner (BBC ... lol)
UK Happenings



Anything else to add to a poll for a name for this forum?

ElreniaGreenleaf
05-27-2017, 07:49 PM
I think the aforementioned amount of live shows in the U.K. is rather misleading as it tends to only be England (more specifically the south!) that actually gets that many. I know of a handful of other keen collectors in Scotland, but if we want to go to a live we'd have to travel very far south, which while I know the distance isn't much to you lot on the other side of the pond, but when you don't drive, train fares are absolutely extortionate and it's a pretty big undertaking. There's barely anything north of Manchester usually. :(

Lora
06-25-2017, 09:22 AM
I will go to 1 show in Bristol this year when a friend comes over from Germany. Other than that I find it extremely difficult to get to live shows. I have no car and most live shows are far away from any railway station and even bus stops. i had to walk on the street without a pedestrian walk from a bus stop once :( . And i still have no idea how to go about car sharing :( . I went to quite a few Live shows in Germany where I had a car and I almost always took other peope with me . Made it possible to go to live shows further away since we would share the costs. Now I don't habve a car and I don't want one, don't really want to drive (really can't wait for self driving cars) so i can't even get to live shows. Another thing is you really have to be there the minute a show holder announces the show, otherwise you're too late. and then I feel bad for taking a place because I'm not that competitive, I only do that to see other people's models and to get out of my cave, met people but I could not care less about live show placings. I might be happy about a placing the moment I get it but later the ribbons are just laying around.
I sometimes miss Germany , meeting with other sollector's to go on foto tours. But going out, making scenery fotos, telling stories about our model horse ranches seams to be a mainly german thing. as you can see in the lack of a photo forum on Blab.

Man O War
06-25-2017, 03:28 PM
But going out, making scenery fotos, telling stories about our model horse ranches seams to be a mainly german thing. as you can see in the lack of a photo forum on Blab.

I miss seeing your photo stories. They were always so well done and creative! You should start a thread with them again in The Arena. :)

Lora
06-25-2017, 03:50 PM
I miss seeing your photo stories. They were always so well done and creative! You should start a thread with them again in The Arena. :)

Currently I'm not doing many stories, lack of time and that someone played soccer with my model doesn't help motivating me :( . I do have a thread in the Arena , started to translate my ranch story but it got buried . Doesn't seam to be much interest here and others don't make this kind of photos for me to enjoy looking at. Blab is great for information but not so much for photos. there are a few nice pictures but they are kind of rare...

LizzieMarie
06-28-2017, 12:28 PM
Hi fellow UK Blabbers!

I've gotten back on Blab to sell some Breyerfest tickets after a long break (so long I had lost my original username) ... anyway, I'm an American but have lived here for two years and counting. Most of my models are in the US in storage, but would definitely love to try to get into the hobby here.

Faracat
06-28-2017, 01:45 PM
Hello. :)

Have you looked at the Copperfox Tour events? http://www.copperfoxmodelhorses.com/shop/#!/Copperfox-Tickets-&-Tour-Events/c/18536043/offset=0&sort=normal

LizzieMarie
07-06-2017, 12:51 PM
I hadn't heard about these, but sadly the only one near enough for me to attend is on a Sunday. I work on Sundays, so that won't work. Thanks for letting me know about them. I've also gotten on the Facebook group for BMHC so here's hoping I can find ways to get involved soon!

Liberty
08-13-2017, 08:12 AM
:hey Hi to all fellow Brits / UK collectors on here! Nothing to add other than a friendly wave hello for now! :blueflowerVenetia (in Wiltshire, England)

*edit* Actually, I have a quick question: where do all the UK collectors tend to hang out online nowadays? Checked back into MHL yesterday after a few years away and it was deathly quiet. I've been out of things for a while so I suspect things have probably moved on - do most things happen on Facebook now? Are there any other UK forums worth investigating?

ElreniaGreenleaf
08-13-2017, 08:48 AM
Most people seem to have gravitated to Facebook these days unfortunately- I really want to try to get MHL back to how it once was but I'm seriously lacking in motivation recently.

estypest
08-13-2017, 11:31 AM
Hello :D
I assume most are on FB. It's a shame forums are generally so quiet, FB is good for some things but you can't beat forums either.

Liberty
08-15-2017, 08:43 AM
That's sad. Forums are easier to navigate as you have all the different sections and threads.... in FB there are a plethora of different groups and threads and posts get lost so quickly.... how does anyone keep up!? Also I don't like to be in any open groups as I prefer to keep my model horse activity private.

Faracat
08-15-2017, 08:50 AM
Hello Liberty! :)

I'm not on FB, so I use this forum and have found it to be friendly and helpful. It's the only model horse forum that I have been on, but I have found that I have got helpful answers to my questions pretty quickly.

Liberty
08-16-2017, 10:54 AM
That's really nice and good to hear. I like this forum the best out of any I've been on. I love how busy and active it is and the wide range of topics. And how well organised it is too. Also, as a Brit I find it very interesting to have an insight into the North American hobby world :)

Faracat
08-16-2017, 11:51 AM
That's so true, it's nice to learn new things and to see how things are done in other countries.

Jodi
09-28-2017, 12:40 PM
Realised I hadn't introduced myself on this forum yet!

I'm Jody, I'm 22 and a Bath Spa Uni graduate that now works in a school in Bath. My collection has largely shifted to CM/AR/Commercial, but I still have some plastics and my beloved CTFs! I also needlefelt, and like creating my own :) I'm hoping to learn to sculpt and paint soon. I show pretty regularly, maybe a few times a month, and will be at BMECS over the weekend :) I adore native ponies, especially Welshies and Exmoors, so they form a considerable chunk of my collection showing under the 'Penrhyn' prefix for Welshies and 'Wheddon Cross' for Exmoors.