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Rocky Mountain MODEL HORSE Expo Comes to Denver

What is model horse collecting and showing? It is a fun and exciting horse hobby in which all ages can participate at many levels. It is also a super way to enjoy horses—without owning a "real" one! And it’s huge—collectors and artists from around the world participate in this popular hobby and craft. This coming March, a very special event—the Rocky Mountain MODEL HORSE Expo—will bring the world of model horses to the National Western Complex in Denver, in conjunction with the Rocky Mountain Horse Expo.

Many horse lovers collect horse figurines, and since approximately the 1970's people have been sharing their collections via model horse shows. Model horses are highly collectible, and come in many different makes and materials, from plastic to fine porcelain.

Model horses are also an art and a craft, with equine artists creating sculptures to scale and casting them into resin and ceramic materials, then giving them highly realistic finishes in paint. Like model railroaders and military miniaturists, model horse hobbyists also may rework, resculpt and repaint "out of the box" factory-made models, to achieve a higher level of detail, accuracy and realism.

At a model horse show, owners bring their collections and exhibit them in two ways, “Halter” and “Performance.”

At "Halter," each individual model is judged in a full roster of breed classes. In the "Original Finish" Halter division, models are judged as-is from the factory according to various criteria including collectibility, condition, and how well they depict a horse in miniature scale. In the halter divisions for the artist-created sculptures and reworked/repainted factory models, models are judged on workmanship, anatomy and conformational correctness, as well as other realism factors.

In "Performance," the goal is to depict the horse performing a diversity of events, in miniature. Model horses are exhibited in classes that precisely mirror real horse events, such as western pleasure, hunter, jumper, roping, dressage, harness... All horse events will have a class. Each entry is judged on how accurately the phase of the event is depicted, its realism and the correct fit of the tack and details of the obstacles. Participants make tack and equipment in perfect scale to their model horses. These scale-model saddles, bridles, harness and wagons are amazing to behold.

Model horse shows are held all around the world; everywhere they are a great place to meet other collectors and horse lovers, and find out about this very friendly and interesting community. The hobby is well connected and active online; the web also offers information about where to buy models, tack and accessories.

The national organization, the North American Model Horse Shows Association, encourages member shows to "qualify" model horses to show at their annual National Championship show, the North American Nationals.

The Rocky Mountain MODEL HORSE Expo will be a large-scale, 2-day model horse show, Saturday and Sunday during the Rocky Mountain Horse Expo in Denver. The show will take place on the 2nd floor of the Horse Expo. There will be many model horse related events, including a swap meet and dinner hosted by the Peter Stone Company at the Westin Hotel in Westminster Saturday night. For entry information and a full events schedule (when finalized) go to http://www.stonehorses.com and click on the RMMHE link. For direct information contact Karen Gerhardt at kyg@westerlydesign.com .

For information, booth and stall contracts for the Rocky Mountain Horse Expo, visit http://www.rockymountainhorseexpo.com or call (303) 292-4981. Model horses—a captivating new element to enjoy at the Rocky Mountain Horse Expo in Denver, March 9-11, 2007.


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