Showing model horses can be a wonderful experience, but it can also be a little intimidating for someone who is new. Meeting others of similar interest and having a day to look and spend time with lots of plastic ponies is a great way to get to know people in your area and to make great friends. Even though model horse shows are friendly and welcoming, most of them still have a great theme of healthy competition, so knowing what models to bring and which to leave home can help you bring home the ribbons!
Today we will focus on Original Finish showing. Original Finish Breyer showing is a common division offered in nearly every model horse show. The term Original Finish refers to models that have their original factory finish and have not been altered from the state that they left the factory. All Breyers that you purchase new are classified as Original Finish. Original Finish classes and shows are very popular and nearly every shower has shown Original Finish (Or OF as its abbreviated) at one time in their showing career. The most important thing to remember when it comes to Original Finish showing is that every judge is different in what they feel makes one horse better than another. Judging is extremely subjective and judges won’t always know the correct answer to everything, but most are extremely knowledgeable.
While I can’t tell you what model to bring to win every time it is shown, some common molds and models that tend to do well time after time, all over the country and under all different judges. We’ll focus on those today. Original Finish models are commonly referred to by a mold name, which is the name of the original release of the mold; this is the system we’ll be using today.
- Flash is a spunky little horse that makes a fantastic Morgan, he also makes a good Connemara Pony, New Forest Pony and a variety of other large, sport pony type breeds.
- Silver is a fan favorite. He can be shown as a myriad of things; most commonly he’s shown as a Mustang but he also makes a good Arabian Cross.
- Ruffian was created as a portrait of one of the most famous Thoroughbred fillies to ever live, but she actually makes a much better stock horse, breeds such a a Quarter horse or a Paint horse.
- The Clydesdale Foal has been around since the late 1960’s but is still the most accurate draft foal that Breyer offers. Depending on the color the foal can be shown successfully as a Clydesdale, Gypsy Vanner, or a North American Spotted Draft Horse.
- Breyer’s American Saddlebred mold makes a perfect American Saddlebred stallion. Because of the position the horse is in, he is limited to being shown as a Gaited breed, so an American Saddlebred is a good choice.
- Lady Phase is the quintessential stock horse mare. She makes a perfect Quarter Horse mare if she is solid colored, an excellent Paint horse mare if she is pinto colored and a wonderful Appaloosa if she is spotted. You can’t get much nicer than Lady Phase!
- The new draft horse Wintersong is a beautiful draft stallion with loads of personality. Due to the large amount of feathering on his legs he’s limited a bit when showing, but makes a great Shire. He could also make a good Clydesdale.
- Keltic Salinero is the portrait of an Olympic champion Hanovarian, he makes an outstanding Hanovarian but could also play the part of just about any European Warmblood.
This is just the tip of the iceberg of beautiful Breyer models. All Breyers have beautiful qualities to them, and its the judges very difficult job of deciding which one happens make a better representation of the breed compared to what others brought out to the show that particular day. Every show will be different, every judge will be different; one day your horse might place first, and the next show he might place last. Just as long as you remember to have fun, and to ask questions, your showing experience will be a fruitful one.