Breyer Horse Showing: All About Judging

September 2, 2013

Many people have given live model horse showing a try once, but even if you haven’t, you might wonder just how it’s done. It seems odd to be able to judge a table full of plastic horses against one another, but once you see things from the judges eyes, it’s very easy to see how and why it’s done.

One of the most important things to remember when it comes to showing your Breyer horses is that each one is hand painted. This leaves lots of room for variations between horses. These variations can range anywhere from the shade of the horse to painting details in the eyes to large variations like glossy and matte. This makes the job of judging both fun and hard. You’ll notice judges spend a a great deal of time looking at the details of each individual horse, and if you have the chance to see a class with a bunch of the same models in it, things can get very interesting! These classes can be very difficult for a judge to evaluate but can produce some of the most interesting results!

Judges will mainly evaluate the horse on how close to it’s real life counterpart it is. Things like anatomy and bio-mechanics are important to model horse showing and can be the difference between taking a ribbon home and not. Model horse judges follow the same standards as the real horse breeds the models are portraying, so a judge is looking for the same things in the Quarter Horse class for both real and model horses!

The last thing that comes often into play is condition. You want to make sure your models are free of rubs, dust and other flaws when you choose which ones to bring, this is often the make or break factor when choosing between horses, so bring only your best! Some judges will allow some leeway for vintage models, but it’s always best to bring only your most well cared for models!

Now that you know what the judge is looking for, why not give it a shot yourself? There’s always an opportunity at Golden Oak Stables!

~Stacy Email Stacy:

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