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Vintage Custom Model Equine Congress II

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:

MN Borg, 1995 Fjord by Michelle Belisle from the G1 Morgan mare and stallion molds.

A splashy sorrel pony owned by Tracy Phillips

A 1988 thoroughbred by Sarah Minkiewicz-Breunig in dapple gray, most likely from Swaps.

Flip the Switch, a 1980's TWH mare by Leslie Kathman owned by Deb Carlson.
A vintage Seabiscuit CM to a zebra hybrid owned by Shannon Rodgers with it's World Champion ribbon.
MN Zuka is another Seabiscuit CM to an exotic. He is a 1994 Grevy's Zebra by Michelle Belisle.
This sweet Arabian, LL Desert Rose, was customized in the mid-1970's—over 40 years ago!
Raspberry Beret is a 1990's D'arry Jone Frank piece with tiny hunter braids.

This handsome Appy mule looks like it may be from the Native Dancer mold.

MN Jersey Outlaw is a Seabiscuit custom.
Many thanks to Ardith Carlton for hosting the show, as well as kudos to the judges, sponsors and those who volunteered their time to make it a success! For more about vintage model showing and collecting, visit


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