Model Horse Showing
 By Equestri   •   20th Apr 2010   •   85,299 views   •   48 comments
For all those horse lovers that love horses to death, but can't interact with them, this is a great alternative. Model horse showing offers a chance to meet other horsie people and have fun with horses. It also challenges you to be creative and imaginative!

There are three types of Model Horse shows you can enter in. The first, and increasingly popular type, is Live Model Horse Showing. This type of showing involves bringing your models to the set show place. This kind of model horse showing includes positives and some negatives.

Model Horse Show

-You have to pack up and bring your models, tack, riders, and props.
-The only available live shows might require you to travel a bit. (Such as a couple hours.)

-Many times there are prizes, raffles, auctions, demonstrations, and more.
-You can meet many other horse lovers.
-Interact more with the judges to find out ways to improve.
-Provides a fun and active day filled with horses!
-Sometimes offer classes for beginners.

Another type of model horse showing is online showing. Because of rising postal rates, the popularity of this type of showing is going up. Entrants take photos of their models in a realistic setting and upload them to their computer. Then the photos are sent in and judged. Entrants must pay special attention to size requirements and also make sure they do not upload the wrong photo!

-Size requirements are strict.
-There always is a chance of sending in the wrong picture!

-It is the cheapest form of showing.
-Photos and models have no chance of getting lost, damaged, broken, etc.
-Sometimes offer classes for beginners.

The last form of model horse showing is mail-in photo shows. This type of showing is much like online showing, except you mail in your photos.

-Postal rates are rising

-There is sometimes a discount for 50 photos or more.
-Sometimes offer classes for beginners.

So there are the three showing options. Now here are directions for taking photos for online and mail-in photo shows.

Model Horse Show1.Pick the model you will use. Make sure there are no chipped off pieces such as ears, and make sure there are no scratches of the paint visible.

2.Set up your background. For a basic arena, spread sand, dirt, or any other natural looking material on a flat surface. I recommend a card table or something of the sort. Place a white wall type thing behind the spreaded ground makes a white arena wall. If you would like to set up another background, or would like to just photograph the horse outside, make sure there is not tall grass that gives away it's size. The key to this is realism.

3.Set your horse in the background. Arrange it so it looks like it's really there. If you have it in action in a ground such as sand, try to make the sand look like it's spraying. It is hard, but it pays off. Some horses look better at certain angles, so place them at angles they look the best in. Photo 3 shows a horse I photographed in an arena like background. You can see the place I put set it up in.

4.Level your camera at about the horses withers. Make sure you do not catch anything that is not part of your set-up. You want the horse to fill the camera lens, but not so much that you cut off an ear, hooves, or tail.

5.Shoot until you get one that's picture-perfect!

Model Horse Showing is a great experience. I think that everybody should try it at least once. It is a great way to get into the horsie world!

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Haha... lol... Love the vids xD
  Apr 20, 2010  •  2,965 views
Nice article. There was just an article about this in Young Rider magazine!
  Apr 20, 2010  •  2,842 views
Fantasy Farms  
Great article!
  Apr 21, 2010  •  2,846 views
AWESOME! I can't afford a real horse but I have all these models (that I can now compete with)!
  Apr 21, 2010  •  2,833 views
that looks great!! i wanna try it one day but where do you get the models?
  Apr 21, 2010  •  2,849 views
Thanks everyone :D halfbrokehorses-in the US you can get them anywhere from Walmart to ordering them off of the Breyer catalouge. I don't know if you do Lol, but try going to You can buy them buy them online, I believe.
  Apr 21, 2010  •  2,858 views
Topthorn Equestri  
That's awsome! I read about Model horse showing in the Youngrider Magazine. I only have 2 breyer models I'm hoping to get more. I laughed so hard in the first video! LOL
  Apr 21, 2010  •  2,869 views
Nice article. I do Live Shows and have tons of models. I also make tack!
  Apr 21, 2010  •  2,847 views
It's great to see that I'm not the only crazy who likes this! Also, a tip- if you've got a model you realyl like, but who has scratches, sometimes you can use a little bit of vegetable oil to blend them in a bit better..... Does anybody out there enjoy maknig their own tack, too?
  Apr 21, 2010  •  3,018 views
Bright Horizon  
I watch those Youtube videos all the time! :D
  Apr 22, 2010  •  2,872 views
I have about 20 models, but unfortunately, most of them have so many things wrong with them,(such as horribly scratched paint, broken limbs, cut manes and tails etc.) that i can't show them. all told, I have about 6 horses i can show in a model horse show. I love making tack. hmm, maybe I should submit an article about that, hmm.
  Apr 22, 2010  •  4,883 views
i rlly wanna try this!!! i dont have a horse and this is sort of like having a horse and competing with it!!! did u get this off the young rider magazine? they have an article about this 2!!! i love that magazine!!!
  Apr 22, 2010  •  2,851 views
I got the idea from the Young Rider magazine and figured I'd share the basics with the people that don't get the YR magazine and haven't learned about MHShowing yet :D
  Apr 23, 2010  •  2,861 views
bambam roxs  
i luv your videos!!!so so much new fav show!!!
  Apr 23, 2010  •  2,839 views
Estella Noire  
Do you know a website I can go to to show my model horses? Oh, and I dont have breyer horses, I have schleich instead.
  Apr 28, 2010  •  2,828 views
Revolting Equus  
Very nice artical. On video one I got a bit of a headache of watching, you were moving so fast. (: I haven't hears of Model showing it's a good idea! How did you make the awesome movies?!
  May 8, 2010  •  2,929 views
R A C E R  
OMG!!!! Thank you soooo much for doing an article!!! Not many people know about this sport, and it's so much fun! I have a collection of ribbons that's close to my number of horses!
  May 15, 2010  •  2,944 views
You're welcome :D
  May 17, 2010  •  2,864 views
IF you know anything about pedigree assignment and model horse breeding please let me know!!!!!!!!!!!
  May 30, 2010  •  2,838 views
Magik Rose Farm  
Very nice article, if a bit short :D Model horse showing can be as much fun as the real thing. I have a massive show string myself. Check out my website:
  Jun 16, 2010  •  3,560 views
I can't find any online show :( I collect stable mates seeing there less expensive but still beautiful. Can i show stable mates?
  Jun 21, 2010  •  3,569 views
Good article! I don't show but I do make and sell PSQ tack online. (
  Jun 25, 2010  •  3,517 views
Lindsey Olson  
  Aug 18, 2010  •  3,734 views
Ohh, I want to try online showing, but I haven't gotten any breyers, but I do have a large collection of schleich horses, can I use them?
  Dec 2, 2010  •  3,522 views
great article :) i have two modal horse show distrits, NBHA and PSHA :) cheak us out on all the old servers :D
  Dec 16, 2010  •  2,518 views
Lol I had to laugh at the intro.
  Feb 26, 2011  •  2,420 views
I love breyers! Classic!
  Mar 5, 2011  •  2,418 views
It's so cool you're really in to this!
  Mar 6, 2011  •  2,426 views
That is cool! I used to make custom Breyer's "back in the day" -- lots of fun!
  Apr 12, 2011  •  2,430 views
I have the red roan in the first pic. P
  May 13, 2011  •  2,817 views
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