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Showstring Organization

Happy Wednesday!
I’m sure pretty much every single person reading this post is most likely in quarantine and you are
most likely bored out of your tree. Whether you are a photo shower, live shower, or just a collector
of plastic ponies, you should have your collection organized in some way.
This post is more directed to showers, but maybe this will bring some inspiration to some
non-showers as well.

About a week ago, Kristen from @bluemountainstable (go checkout her social medias!)
did a live video on her Instagram story showing how she's organizing her ribbons and collection. 
I got instantly inspired, so that's what I decided to do as well. 

I began by getting all of my ribbons together and sorted them into piles for each model that received each ribbon. 
Then, I grabbed my laptop, and opened up Google Sheets.
I made a page that is my Model Horse Showstring. I split it up into my OF Models, and my CM models.
Just a tip, organize your models in alphabetical order by their name, so it’s easier to find the model you’re looking for.

Once I had my showstring organized with all of their details, it was time to organize their ribbons.
I made this “Model Documentation” sheet which had places to write in the information of the model,
as well as a grid to report on the placings from each specific show. 

If you’d like to have these same pages in your show binder, but you don’t want to design them,
click here for a downloadable printable! (I tried to make it into a PDF, but had some difficulties,
so this is just a Google Sheets File)

Once I got the page designed how I wanted it, I printed multiples of each sheet for each model in
my showstring (you could even print them double sided, so that you would save paper!). 

Next comes the *sigh* fun part. Fill in the information of your model at the top of the page,
and then if your model already has ribbons, then you want to fill in the information about each ribbon
in the “Show Placings'' section. This part can be time consuming, depending on how many models
you have in your showstring. You could do this same thing, except the Show Placings section if you
don’t show as well! 

After all of the information was filled out for each model, I placed the sheet with the ribbons that go
along with the specific model into a clear, plastic, sheet protector. These are fairly cheap, and are easy
to find at any store that carries office supplies. I put two models in the same sheet just to save space.
If you have too many ribbons for each model, than you could put the ribbons on the back side of the
Model Documentation sheet instead. 

After I got all of my model’s ribbons organized into the plastic sheets, I put them in alphabetical order
again so that it would be easier to find the model I’m looking for. After that, I made two sheets that
said “Original Finish Model Horses” and “Custom Model Horses” and put them in sleeves.
Afterwards, I used them as dividers between my OF + CM models. 

And that's pretty much it! I hope to bring a completed tour to my YouTube channel soon,
and when I do, I’ll put the link, here: 

Thank you so much to Kristen for inspiring me, as well as to you, the reader for reading to the end! 
Have a great rest of your Wednesday!

That’s a wrap!


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