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2019 Custom Challenges and Contests

Model Equine Photo Showers Association Contest:
If you are looking to help a good cause, you may be interested in the MEPSA contest. The mini custom contest can be any model. The entries are due March 15, 2019. Winners will be selected by majority vote on MEPSA’s blog. Your model will become  property of MEPSA and will support the organization. There is no entry fee, you simply provide your own model.

Aves Studio 1K Give Away:
If you sculpt with Aves Studio products such as FixIt Sculpt or Apoxie Sculpt you can enter a photo of your work on Instagram to win a prize pack of Aves Studio goodies. Please note that you must be 18. Deadline is January 11, 2019. Be sure to read the details:

National Model Painting Month:
Looking for a little nudge to finish painting a model? Join Braymere Custom Saddlery and the hobby community as you work on a model this February with NaMoPaiMo. The Facebook group will be a click away with tutorials, ideas, and moral support to keep you going. Everyone who completes their model wins the challenge. Sign up before January 31, 2018. Entry is only $2. and

This mare is on my list of potential projects for NaMoPaiMo 2019
She ended up being a sorrel, much like my 2018 NaMoPaiMo... maybe painting a nice warm color in February is my thing.

Copy Cat Custom Project:
Paint a dapple gray Arabian with bows! Everyone will start with the same project and reference photos, but all of the models will be different in the end. Airbrush, oils, acrylics, pastels... you choose. No deadline. No fee.

I've added a bow to my mare's mane for the Copy Cat Custom Project

National Model Sculpting Month:
NaMoScuMo challenge was held in June and July last year. I hope to see it again in 2019!

International Customizing Equine Event:
Plan ahead for ICEE challenge in October and November.


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So I am excited to be in the Midwest! Where showing is going strong—so much so that show tables spaces often fill up quickly.

This spring and summer, I have plans to attend the following:

March 24th, Hillard, OH - Save the Tigers Model Horse Show
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April 21st, Riga, MI - Tax Time Relief Live Model Horse Show
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July 13th, Lexington, KY - Breyerfest Open Model Show
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