Thursday, August 20, 2015

We love Pony Finals!!

Who doesn’t love Pony Finals? It is every kids dream to attend pony finals and win. But win or loose, everyone always has a fun time.  Team Belle had a blast this year! We partook in showing our ponies, the golf cart parade, a pizza party and our photo shoot for our new catalog. It was great to have almost the whole team together!

Our vendor booth 
We had sooo many bows!
The girls all had a great show! We started out our week with set up day at our vendor booth. Setting up is hard work! The girls all came by and got their welcome bags with goodies from The Plaid Horse Magazine, Model Horse Jumps, Pony Bling, Mane Jane, Fortune’s Fool (the book), Snaks 5th avenchew, Welsh Wear and of course lots of Belle and Bow gear. Big Thank you to all our vendor contributors. What a treat to have such a great collaboration of small businesses.

Belles picking up their goodies
Tuesday was social media day. We posted on on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter using #teambelle and #ponyfinals2015. We are so excited to have so many new followers!

We also launched Belle's Basement this year and it was a huge success! We invited everyone to bring their gently used show quality items to us for consignment. A lot of people got some great deals on show clothes!

Belle's Basement debut

Our Pizza arriving by golf cart
Wednesday we had our pizza party and photo shoot. Our pizza arrived by golf cart to the VIP tent and we shared with all our friends while we got ready for our photo shoot that followed.
The photos were so exciting! We could see a big black sky lurking towards us and the winds were rolling in. We all thought were going to get soaked! The impending weather ending up making the photos all the more fun as we ran from location to location trying to beat the rain.

All piled in the back of the car!
The Belles all had a blast getting to know each other and thinking up creative ideas for the photos. We threw bows in the air, included Mia’s new puppies and did cart wheels in the fields. Somehow we managed to beat the rain and all had a fun getting some great photos by our super photographer Bethany Unwin! Thanks Bethany!

Golf Cart Parade
Thursday was the golf cart parade. We were so busy showing and selling bows that we didn’t have time to prepare for the parade. As we were getting ready the rains started to come in and our golf cart was missing!! We borrowed a golf cart and pulled out a banner got dressed up in our matching outfits. Somehow we and pulled together an impromptu processional.  The rains started beating down on us in our plastic covered golf cart filled with screaming kids piled into the back seat.  It was a blast! Once we got inside the girls chanted and did gymnastics as we paraded around the Alltec indoor arena. The other carts were ornately decorated in fun themes like the ghostbusters, hillbillies and Super Mario Brothers. They looked great. Even though our cart wasn’t decorated we still had a blast and thought of fun ideas for next years parade.
Congratulations Libbie!
Libbie with her Shadbelly bows
Isabella with her purple ribbon!

The rest of the show was clear blue skies and lots of smiles. Everyone had a great show. Libbie Gordon was 4th overall in the small green ponies with her pony Glenhaven Astoria, 5th over all in the regular smalls with her pony Baby Blue and 5th overall in the regular mediums with Tiffany Blue. Be sure to check out our bows that are named after Tiffany and Baby! Isabella White had a great first time showing at Pony Finals and came home with a Purple ribbon (7th place) from the small pony model. She did a great job and we are so proud of her! Mia, Nicole and Maggie also did a great job and had lots of fun with their ponies. We made new friends and can’t wait for #ponyfinals2016! Stay tuned to see who our newest members of #teambelle will be for next year.

Bella White in her first pony finals!

Libbie with her pony finals bows