A little bit about Models in the Mountains 2017 (MIM 2017) and High Desert Bandits Productions.The venue where the show is held, Chilao School, is owned by the non profit association Redbird. Arts, cultural and environmental programs here are free both to organizers and to the public. Chilao School operates on donations. The school is located in a campground. But you don't have to rent a campsite if you plan on staying all or part of the weekend. You can camp here if you like. The configuration of the driveway favors smaller recreational vehicles, but we can usually find room for larger ones nearby. There's also tent camping and the school itself. If I'm not mistaken, Barrie, Malia and Sue are having a slumber party at the school on Friday night.
There is room for about 15 showers and their herds. The school is one rectangular building with a classroom on either side, and a kitchen area and restrooms in the middle. Showers set up on one side and walk their horses to their classes on the other side. Last year we had just two divisions...OF and CM/AR. This year we will have four divisions - OF Breyer/Other, OF Stone, Custom and Artist Resin. We still need a judge for the AR/CM classes, which will likely be small, so one judge should be able to tackle both. If you are judging you will be able to set your show string up in the same room as the show ring.
The total cost of the show is about twice what will be made in registration fees. If we have fifteen showers at $30.00, that will cover the ribbons and the cost of being a NAN and WC member show. It will not cover food and prizes. And that's okay. High Desert Bandits Productions will make sure you don't go hungry, and also make sure there are some prizes. If you would like to be a Bandit and contribute, donations are always appreciated, whether they are financial, prizes, or food items suitable for sharing. Monetary contributions to Redbird are tax deductible.
A note about our local climate. It has absolutely changed over the past 100 years, 50 years, and 5 years. 100 years ago, at 5,265 feet, we had true alpine forest as evidenced by historic photos. We now have a sub-alpine-desert transition environment (literally, it transitions on the property). The school was built in 1963. It has rows of tilt-out windows with no screens. There is no air conditioning. In 1963, there was no need for it. When we came here seven years ago, no one had air conditioning. We were told it rarely got over 80 degrees. In 2015, air conditioning was installed in the fire station across the road, and we had a month long spell of 99 degree days in late summer. What will the weather be like for the show? We have no idea. But let's imagine it perfect...not too hot, not too cold, not windy. Just in case it isn't quite perfect, we have some additional fans this year.
One huge improvement from last year. We have a land line telephone now. So for those of you who don't like living on the edge, without any kind of telephone service (your cell phone probably won't work here) we can accommodate you this year. Our internet service remains very limited in both speed and band width, so we ask that our guests be respectful of that.
Our 2017 registration packet is up. If you have any trouble with it or find that there are errors (old dates, prices not matching up, etc) please email firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know.
Models in the Mountains 2017
Models in the Mountains 2017 is NAN qualifier show, and a Western Conference of Model Horse Showers Member Show. Join us Friday June 16, for an Equine Sculpture workshop with Susan Carlton Sifton, and a live NAN (pending) and WCMHS qualifier halter show for original finish and custom models on Saturday June 17. Our class list has changed slightly but the big change is we are splitting out into four divisions - OF Breyer and Other, OF Peter Stone, Custom, and Artist Resin. We have room for about 15 showers. Sunday, We are still seeking a judge for the AR and CM divisions, which are typically small, so one judge should be able to judge both. Judges will be able to show in other divisions but NOT the division they are judging. Judges can have their own show strings in the same room as the show rings to reduce chaos. June 18 is Father's Day and it is also our monthly Moto Yoga class at Chilao School. You're welcome to stay for Moto Yoga, and welcome to camp over in the school Saturday night. When the show is over Saturday we will need to clean up and vacate the school (except for those who are bunking there) so that everyone can get some sleep, and so that I can get it set up in the morning for Moto Yoga. Here's the registration packet which can serve for both the sculpture workshop and the model horse show: