The term Live Show Quality, or LSQ is one that you’ll hear all the time if you happen to show, or want to start showing. It’s a term used in the model horse hobby on a regular basis. It’s also one of the hardest ones to understand. Not only does the definition mean a little something different for everyone, it also changes as time goes on! There is a little bit you can know for sure about the term Live Show Quality and about Breyer horse showing!
There are two types of Breyer horse showing, Photo Showing and Live Showing. Live Showing is the more popular of the two and involves coming in person to a venue and bringing your horses along. Because of this, horses that enter a Live Show can be looked at closer and details you might not see in a photo might be seen in person.
This is where the term Live Show Quality comes from. Typically, it is used to describe a model that is good enough to be shown at a Live Show, but what does this mean? With every judge being different, just about everyone’s idea of Live Show Quality is different, but with a few guidelines you can pick horses for your show string that stand a chance against the competition!
The first thing you want to look for when choosing a model for a show is condition. Are there rubs? Not just body rubs, but look on the eartips and hooves too! Little rubs in these areas can make or break a horse in the eyes of a judge. You’ll also want to keep an eye out for bent eartips or legs. Because of the material that Breyers are created out of, sometimes a leg or eartip can be bent if the horse happens to get too hot, keep an eye to make sure they are straight.
The next thing to look for is the paint job. How detailed is it, are the markings crisp? What about the dapples, are they in scale for the horse? There’s also making sure that the color of the paint job for the horse is appropriate for the body type of the horse. A little research into real horses will give you insight into what to look for in a paint job.
Lastly you’ll want to pick models that are good representations of their breed. Some Breyer horses simply look more like their real life counterparts than others. As the shower it is your job to use your best judgement and pick your best of the best!
With a few things to look for you can start picking out models that will be Live Show Quality, just remember that this means something different for everyone! The next time you head up to Golden Oak Stables for a show, remember these few steps and you’ll be on your way to the winners circle!