The North American Nationals is the pinnacle of model horse showing for the North American countries. Each year, thousands of models and many, many collectors, travel far and wide to have their chance at a national championship. With this level of competition, it’s obvious that any placing is an honor, and for the winners this weekend, it clearly was!
NAMHSA and NAN celebrated their 20th anniversary this year. Formed in the mid 1990’s, NAMHSA is the organization that so many model horse hobbyists are familiar with. NAMHSA governs over NAN qualifying shows, and from those shows, horses are qualified to show at the national show once a year. On even years, the show is held in Kentucky in the days preceding Breyerfest. On odd years, the North American Nationals travels to a location somewhere else in the country. In recent years NAN has been held in Tuscon, Arizona, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania and this year in Palm Springs, California! This is the first time in many years that NAN was held in California and the enthusiasm from the local crowd was clear early on!
With over 4000 models entered and nearly 125 entrants, NAN Palm Springs was sure to be three days filled with fierce competition. Large competitive halter classes made for stiff competition on day one and the same could be said on days two and three for custom and collectibility entries. The stiff competition and amazing models made a championship and a top ten placing something to be truly proud of!
Do you have any models qualified for the North American Nationals? The next time you pick a model from Golden Oak Stables you may be choosing the next NAN champion! Who will you pick?