The second Vintage Custom Model Equine Congress in Battle Creek, Michigan was like going back in time to a model horse show of yesteryear—a small, friendly group of showers with some serious competition... custom models sporting soft mohair manes (or RRH as we might have called them.) Many were traditional Lady Phases, Stock Horse Stallions and Trakehner molds, but the minis were inspiring! Here are a few:
Many thanks to Ardith Carlton for hosting the show
I am going to the Vintage Custom Model Equine Congress this weekend, so I have been dusting off my “shelf models” of old and making them tags. Most of them haven’t been to a show in 15 or 20 years, and most of them are traditionals. (I switched to minis after many of my traditional models suffered damage from the heat during a move—I was heartbroken. Stablemates fit inside my cooler when traveling in warm weather and also have solid bodies that don’t swell and contract with temperature changes.)
In my search I found this gem: a warmblood stallion custom from a G1 Citation model which may very well be my first Stablemate custom. I think I did him c. 1991. He is painted in oils, of which I may of only had two colors: white and black; and haired with sewing thread (mane) and mohair (tail). I had made him bulkier with Gapoxio—which has separated from the plastic and oozed yellow stain over time.
Sanding the epoxy smooth eluded me, as did blending the paint without tornados of brushstrokes…
There's another challenge for DIY hobbyists and it is National Model Tack Month! Hanna Bear is hosting it on Facebook. Like National Model Painting Month, this is an opportunity for artists of all levels to work on a project with the support of an online community. I am loving these challenges and the positive vibes they bring to our hobby.
Personally, I enjoy showing in showmanship and in-hand classes with my Stablemate models. (Less tack and no rider dolls to make hold the reins, just a handler and judge.) Another western halter would come in handy—so that will be my goal for the month.
Kristen Donato did a wonderful job hosting Save The Tigers Model Horse Show at the fairgrounds in Hillard, Ohio. With both a youth show and a NAN show, the hall was busy with about 57 showers and nine divisions. Custom minis were a smaller division held after the traditional customs and were double judged on breed and workmanship. Performance was open to all size models.
I was excited to debut a few new custom minis, including:
I never want to interrupt the judges by taking photos and be “that shower”, but I did get a few photos of the lovely custom minis at the show:
As for performance, there were a few other showers showing minis: