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How to Show Model Horses Including Breyer Horses

Live Shows, Photo Shows, and Special Events for Model Horse Collectors

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Part of the fun of owning model horses is showing them. Whether you travel to a show in person for "live" model horse showing or send photographs by mail or digitally, showing off your collection and winning prizes adds to the fun and excitement of owning Breyer toy horses and other model horses. You'll need to gather your best steeds, clean and dust them until they shine, and get ready to have some good old fashioned fun!

1. Getting Started in Live Model Horse Shows

An Artist Resin  model horse suitable for a live model horse show.
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Live model horse shows are collector events in which participants bring their best collectible model horses to a central location and show them against other collectors' models in classes ranging from halter to performance. It's a fun way to meet other collectors and see some of their coveted models in person.

Start Showing in Live Model Horse Shows

2. Choosing Show Names for Model Horses

Artist Resin model horse "Othello"
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Your show horses need original names to distinguish them from other collectors' horses. What will you name them? Naming is a personal choice, but some breeds require adherence to naming conventions. Artists may also require that models they've customized bear a special designation. Learn more and gain creative ideas for naming your model horses.

How to Choose Show Names for Model Horses

3. How to Enter a Photo Show Competition

Realistic backdrop creates a feeling of life in this photo of a model horse.
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Photo shows allow collectors to show their models horses regardless of where they live. In photo showing, collectors take pictures of their model horses. They mail prints to a show judge or upload the images to a website for judging later.

How to Enter Photo Show Competitions for Model Horses

4. Make a Simple Backdrop for Model Horse Photo Show Pictures

A simple cloth backdrop highlights a model horse.
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You don't need an elaborate diorama to win prizes. Some simple photo show backdrops enhance the model's beauty. The secret is to choose backdrop colors that enhance the model's color. Learn which color suits your horse best.

Make a Simple Background for Model Horse Show Pictures

5. Taking Model Horse Pictures Outdoors

An outdoor photo of a model horse, with all objects in scale with the model.
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Feeling adventurous? Then grab your camera and your favorite model and go on location - take model horse show photographs outdoors. You can get some great award-winning show photos with the right outdoor lighting and background.

Take Model Horse Show Pictures Outdoors

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