Newcomers FAQ Guide to a Live Show

What is a live show?
A live show is a model horse convention in which model horse hobbyists gather to show their models. The models are judged in various classes, most of which are similar to classes at real horse shows. Models which are placed in classes can win rosettes and awards for their owners just like a real horse can.

Why is it called a live show?
There are two main types of shows in the model horse hobby: live and photo. To photo show, one sends pictures of their models to be judged. In live shows, the exhibitors actually take their models and themselves to the show. It happens “live” (like most football matches). The judging occurs while you are watching it.

What do you do at a live show?
You show your models and meet lots of other people that share the same interests as you do! There are often models and props to buy, too.

How do you show in halter classes?
For halter classes, you select a model with near perfect condition and good conformation (most general horse books discuss proper confirmation). You clean the horse with a damp cloth and bring it to the show. When the proper class is called, set the model on the table in a spot where it can be seen well, taking great care not to bump the other entries (you break it, you pay for it!!!). The horses are placed and awards are given out.

How do you show in performance classes?
To show in performance, you will need to invest in quality props that are in scale with your model(s). These can be bought from hobbyists or made by yourself (Rio Rondo offers tack kits). To show, put appropriate tack (saddles, etc.) on the model. When the class is called, place the model on the table with an index card explaining what the horse is doing. The exhibits will be judged using varying degrees of the following factors: suitability to class, tack fit, condition, rules of the class at real horse shows, and creativity.

What should I take with me?
Your models, tack, props, and some cash, of course. You may also want to take glue, scissors, tape, tweezers, and other items you might need to repair tack, if you are showing in performance classes.

What are “tags”?
Most shows require you to put tags on your models that identify the owner of the horse and other information. These tags are simply the white paper rectangles with a few inches of string hanging off of them sold at office supply stores. The tags are tied on one lower leg of each model. Tag your models well in advance of the show.

What models should I take? All of them?
You can show any brand of model, unless the show rules say otherwise. Most people, who show original finish models, show Breyers & Stones. All models that you bring should be free of scratches, breaks, or rubs and be spotlessly clean. Do not take your entire collection! Limit yourself to only the models that you anticipate will do well. If you take too many horses, you will be so busy getting them into the right classes that you won’t have any time to socialize, eat, or visit the bathroom!