All the way back in August of this year (Was it really that long ago? Wow!) Chestnut Ridge held a writing contest for readers of their blog. The challenge was to write an article under the title 'What the Model Horse Hobby Has Done For Me', with the aim of encouraging new people to join the hobby. It seemed like an interesting challenge, and since I enjoy writing I thought it would be fun to give it a go. I thought long and hard over what to include in my article, and carefully planned everything out, and I have to say I thoroughly enjoyed writing my entry. It was worth entering just for the enjoyment of writing alone :)
The closing date came and went, and by November the judging had been done and the placings announced. And I was astounded to discover that my entry had been chosen as the winner of the 18+ year group! I was speechless. I had hoped to place maybe 3rd or even 2nd, but to be first was more than I could ever have hoped for. It was like a dream.
I promptly contacted Chestnut Ridge and asked permission to write about the contest and my placing on this blog, and they said yes. But I was worried that it would seem big-headed to announce it here, so I held back. On the other hand, it seemed ungrateful not to acknowledge such a wonderful honour. Finally, I decided that the best way to write about it would be either when my Breyer Traditional contest prize arrived, or when my article was available to read on the Chestnut Ridge website. I'm afraid you're going to have to wait a little longer to read my article, but I can now reveal my prize model to all those of you who'd like to see him.
So, please meet Frankel. I'm sorry for the photos, but the lighting today was so bad I had to use my camera's flash. But I knew you'd want pictures, so here he is.
Smarty Jones mould.
papyrus fan, or maybe a speech bubble in a comic book...