Sunday, March 2, 2014

Marathon of Troops

So in the past 3 weeks I've done six troops with the 501st.

Katsucon Masquerade-2/15/2014
 Cub Scout Blue & Gold Banquet Pack 157-2/21/2014
 Cub Scout Blue & Gold Banquet Pack 458-2/22/2014
Cub Scout Blue & Gold Banquet Pack 117-2/25/2014
 Cub Scout Blue & Gold Banquet Pack 1530-2/28/2014
 Alexandria's St. Patrick Parade-3/1/2014

All very fun.  I don't have pics from the last two cub scout events, since we didn't have a photographer.

 Katsucon 2014

B&G Banquet 2/21/2014


















Alexandria St. Patrick's Parade

Monday, January 27, 2014

Future Costumes

One cannot have too many costumes...

These are my next plans for 2014 and 2015.

Princess Leia
Premier: hopefully May time frame
I found the dress and belt on Etsy that's Rebel Legion approved.  The dress seems simple enough to make, but I just don't have the time anymore to devote to sewing.  The hair is probably the most aggravating part for me.  Everyone thinks my hair is long and thick, but it's because the curls take up more space.  Really it's thin.  So gonna experiment with extensions and such.




Pacific Rim Flight Suit
Premier: Shatterdome Con, Herndon, VA in November.
My friend is going to do fem-Raleigh, and I'll do Mako Mori.  We're using this shot as inspiration.  One of my Marine friends is grabbing me a flight suit.  Got to get the bomber jacket and patches.  Rather inexpensive costume to make, except the bomber jacket will be pricey.  The nice ones always are.


Twilight Sparkle
Con: Bronycon in August.
Going to get the horn and tail probably from YaYan Han's shop at Katsucon.  There are a few shops on Etsy that sell the skirt and top.  


Bilbo Baggins
Cons: ?
Cosplay sky sells a nice version of this costume.  Not sure when/where I'd wear this.  But I want this costume now!  :D
 I'll have to find a nice version of Sting.  May have to get a version I can bring into cons, so a not-live steel version.









Bellatrix LeStrange
Cons: DragonCon?
Cosplay Sky also sells this, but not a very good version.  It's an excuse to buy another corset.  I could probably store buy this costume, just the arm wraps be an interesting little project.  I found her necklace and wand on Etsy for relatively decent prices.



Imperial Royal Guard
I've always been in love with the Imperial Royal Guard costume.  I love the color red.  I met a gentleman at one troop that had this costume and it's just so impressive.  I am a little short, but doesn't really matter in the 501st.  I can always wear lifts to add a little height.  I can probably sew the soft parts of the costume.  I heard one of the biggest problems with this costume is getting a decent mask.  I did find a source, but I'm not financially just ready for this project yet.  



I've always wanted to do a handmaiden costume and get into the Rebel Legion in some sort of way.  But this project is not high priority at all.  Probably it'll be if I have time and money, so it probably won't happen for a good long time.  

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Goals

Showing horses can be a very complex ordeal.

USDF Medals: Bronze, Silver, Gold
Saturday nights have been dinner nights.  After barn chores we go to a restaurant to eat before going back to the barn to do night check.  It's really my chore, but my friends have been helping me since well they're awesome.

Last night Friend 1 and I started talking about showing.  Friend 2 is very new to the whole horse showing world.  And so we had to explain to her all the awards and divisions and different goals that one can pursue.

For my non horse friends.  When I show dressage I enter tests.  Generally you can only do 2 tests per day.  The judge scores each movement 0-10.  0 (movement not shown) 10 (you're awesome!)

To get 100 is impossible.  Horses aren't machines.  Horses have strengths and weaknesses just like their riders.

80s (you're freaking superwoman)
70s (you rocked the house)
60s (generally most folks are in this range.)
50s(well good try)
40s and below....  (to score this low is well you need to rethink the whole agenda)

2014
Short Term Awards
USDF All Breeds
I need to collect 8 scores from 4 different judges at 4 different shows.
Median must be 60% or higher.
Sith Pony would be competing against other horses in her breed association for scores.

Long Term Goals
This is a personal goal.  Earning "Medals" in the United States Dressage Federation is not only a personal thing but also for professional riders mean a of advertising yourself or to get into programs that the USDF offers.  For amateur riders its a special hooray.  I do teach children how to ride.  I'm not on the pro level that say my friends Renee Carter or Lauren Sprieser are at.  But by definition the USDF and USEF I am recognize as such.

Bronze Medal
2 scores 60%+ at First Level
2 scores 60%+ at Second Level
2 scores 60%+ at Third Level

But I want to eventually become a USDF judge.  To get into the "Learning" judge program I need 3 scores at 60% and 2nd level. As I want to work up the judging ranks I'll have to get my Bronze, Silver, and then Gold if I want to be more "advanced" judge.  Dressage is very systematic.  The dressage pyramid is amazing.  Great programs.


See I told you it gets complex.

Friday, December 20, 2013

Imperial Officer "Cavalry" Shoot

My friend who does professional equine photography came to our barn and did a photo shoot with 3 of us equestrian gals.  I already have enough pretty pictures of the Sith Pony.  She's pretty she makes for pretty pictures.  But I don't do a lot of nerdy photo shoots with my horse.  Actually since I never showed it off, here's our side saddle shot.  I think I'll try and make a matching apron for Davera's side saddle show next year.



Anywho.  Here's some of the shots from Kayla's photo shoot.

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Full gallery:

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Richmond Christmas Parade

I did the Richmond Christmas Parade with Garrison Tyranus on Dec 7th.  I heard many of the members call this the 3 mile death march.

There was a lot of walking.

We froze to death.

But it was a hella good time.




Friday, December 13, 2013

2014 Show Season

I've beginning to look towards the 2014 show season.  My plan is to take lessons during the winter and if I can hit up a winter schooling show and I'll do one Feb/March time frame.  See what our scores are and decide if I want to do training level or first level at the licensed shows beginning in April.  Here's the very tentative calender.

April 5+6: Vada Nova Spring Show, Leesburg, VA
May 3rd+4th: Dressage at Meadow (Doswell, VA) or CDCTA (Leesburg, VA)
June 7th+8th: Vada/Nova Summer Show, Leesburg, VA
June 21st+22nd: PVDA Ride For Life, Upper Marlboro, MD
Aug 9+10: Vada-CH, Culpeper, VA
Sept 13th+14th: Vada/Nova or VADAF Autumn Show Leesburg or Fredericksburg, VA.

I need 8 scores at 4 different shows to qualify for the USDF All Breeds awards.  Showing horses is definitely not cheap.

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Museum of Sci Fi

Museum of Sci Fi wanted to shoot a promo commercial to support their fundraising efforts to build their preview museum.  I first heard about this project a few weeks earlier and really wanted to donate money.  I donated $50 towards the funding.  With it being Christmas season I couldn't donate anymore.  But then this troop popped up I jumped on it.

Dec 1st, bright and early Ray and I journeyed up to Washington, DC.  We stopped by Starbucks and got our coffee.  This lady came up to us and asked us what we were dressed up and we told her.  She was really excited to hear about the Museum as well.  

We got to the Capitol building and found parking and met up with a few Old Line Garrison members and a few Tyranus members as they got there.

It was a really fun troop.  They only wanted stormtroopers for the commercial  but we got a ton of pictures taken by tourists.  It's amazing how quickly news traveled and people came up to me saying that they heard about it on the metro, twitter, facebook, and came running.

We got featured on WTOP (local news radio station), DCist, and the Washington Post.  I've heard we also were featured on some other news networks.  Hardball showed a brief clip of the stormtroopers while they were shooting the commercial.

Be sure to check out the Museum of Sci Fi Fundraising Site