You might have heard the term “Live Showing” around the model horse corral once or twice. It’s a big part of the model horse community, but sounds pretty confusing when you think about the word “Live” and model horses.
Live Showing is simply an in person event that Breyer collectors hold and attend, where their models are brought to be judged. Because the event takes place in person, these events have been dubbed “Live Shows”. The idea of competition for Breyer horses is just about as old as collecting itself. The first live shows began in the 1960’s and 1970’s and were much less formal from the ones we know today. Most of these shows were held in people’s homes or back yards and were advertised in hobby publications and through word of mouth.
In the decades to come, live showing grew as did the hobby itself. In the 1980’s shows became more formalized, and small clubs began to form and shows became established. In the 1990’s Breyerfest began and brought a large show along with it. In the mid 1990’s a group of hobbyists came together to form The North American Model Horse Showers Association, or NAMHSA as its better known and began holding a yearly national show each year.
Now, live shows can be found all over the country, and all over the world! But things are always changing, with the arrival of the internet, online events like photo shows and videos are taking the model horse world by storm.
If there’s anything for certain at Golden Oak Stables, it’s that things are always changing, but the love of collecting never will!