Breyer Horse shows are the pinnacle of collecting for many model horse collectors. The ability to exhibit your collection is something that many dream of and to bring home prizes for your horses is an incredible experience. If it’s your first time at a show though, you might be a little overwhelmed or nervous, here’s what you can expect.
When you think of a model horse show, you might be confused as to how something like that might work. The easiest way to think of it is to think of a real horse show, and scale it down. Instead of stabling areas, each exhibitor will have a table of their own to set up at and to “stable” their horses at for the day. Your table will be your home base where you can get all of your horses onto your table and get them ready to go into the show ring.
The show hall will also have a few empty tables that will be set up, most commonly in the middle of all the exhibitor’s tables. These are the show rings. Just like at a real horse show, you’ll bring your models to the show ring when their class is called for judging. Your horses will be asked to come to the ring when the class is called, so listen carefully. Normally it will be announced a few times and then the class will be closed. The judge will then judge the class and once they are done an announcement will be made and you can find out how your horse did! If there’s a ribbon next to or under your horse, he placed!
At the show you might find yourself needing help with a question or two, you’ll find that most model horse hobbyists are very friendly, so don’t be afraid to chat! There are people at the show though that you’ll want to make note of, first is the show holder and show sponsor. These are the people that have organized the entire event and put in dozens of hours to make the show possible. They will be the best people to ask about rules questions or questions about the local area. There will also be one or more judges, these are experts in the model horse hobby and are kind enough to share their knowledge with others. Feel free to ask questions but only after a class has been judged!
With so much going on, a show might sound overwhelming, but it’s very easy to fall into place when you arrive, so don’t be scared and give it a shot! Golden Oak Stables is the perfect place to give showing a shot and with a Novice/Youth Show coming up, what more could you ask for?