2016 4-H Model Horse Show Rules and Class Descriptions
- Care must be taken at all times when working with and around model horses. No one may touch anyone else’s models at any time without express permission from the exhibitor. No one except the exhibitor may set horses onto the show tables in preparation for a class. Parents may assist in removing models after a class has been placed only.
- Any type or size of model horse may be shown (Wood, plastic, china, etc.).
- Model Horses that are broken, dirty, or show scuffs, rubs or scratches may be penalized at the judge’s discretion.
- Rider/Handler dolls are not required, but they may be used. When used, they should be in the proper attire for the class entered. If they are shown riding, protective headgear should be worn.
- Judging is based on tack and correctness, completeness, neatness, and workmanship as well as the condition of the model. The use of homemade equipment, tack and costumes is encouraged although not required. Exhibitors may be questioned by the judge on how their tack was made. Judges are encouraged to place homemade tack over commercially made or purchased tack.
- All decisions of the judge are final. The judge will answer participants’ questions at an appropriate time at her discretion.
- All exhibitors must be registered with show officials and must have paid their entry fees before the start of their first class. Individual class entries will be made prior to each class by the exhibitor at each table.
- All tack, equipment, riders and other items should be in scale with the model horse.
- If you need to move a horse from one class to another, please inform the show steward. Also, please indicate “Tack Change” on the table sign-up sheet.
- An exhibitor may enter only ONE model in classes 1 and 2. TWO models may be entered in any given class 3-24 and 27-63. THREE models may be entered in classes 25 and 26.
- Use of exhibitor name, initials, club name or other identifying marks on the models, scenery, reports or any other part of the entry is not permitted. Use of any such identifiers may be cause for disqualification.
- Dioramas or scenes may be no larger than a standard sheet of poster board (22x28”). Use of larger displays may be cause for disqualification.
Grooming and Showmanship:
Model horse shown in halter and lead or bridle as appropriate for the breed. Model to be shown completing part of a Grooming and Showmanship pattern. Entry should include a tack box containing the following:
Additional items are encouraged, but no diorama or scenery is permitted (no fence, flowers, etc.). Model may be set on a plain cloth or board only. Breed information card, 5x8” or smaller, must be included. Card showing Grooming and Showmanship Pattern is also required, 5x8” or smaller.
- Hoof Pick
- Curry Comb
- Leg Wraps
- Mane and Tail Comb
- Saddle Soap
Breed Classes (3-26)
Halter or bridle as appropriate for the breed is permitted, but not required. No scenery or diorama permitted. Entry must include a breed description card (5x8” card or smaller). This is a paragraph written by the member that describes the breed, its origin, history, etc. Paragraphs should be no more than 100 words long and should be the exhibitor’s own work. No web page printouts.
Source references required. Judging is based 50% on the model and tack, and 50% on the paragraph.
Model shown in English or Western saddle, bridle and pad. No scenery or diorama permitted.
Customized by Exhibitor
Any model may be shown that has been remade, repainted, re-haired or repositioned (or any combination of these) by the Exhibitor. Must include a brief explanation of alterations on a 5x8” card or smaller. Before and after pictures may be used as well.
Famous Horse or Horse in History
Show a famous horse shown in its appropriate setting or a horse shown in a setting depicting a use of horses through history. Famous horses may be real or fictional. Dioramas are permitted and encouraged. Must include a brief written explanation of the entry, written by the exhibitor on a 5x8” card or smaller. Breyer box backgrounds should not be used.
Model shown negotiating one obstacle or demonstrating a specific style of riding. No trail entries permitted. Entries must include a sketch of the complete course or pattern. These are examples of performance entries: Reining, Barrels, Roping, Dressage, Jumping, Foxhunting, etc.
A fantasy type horse shown in an appropriate setting. Must include a brief explanation of the legend or story of the fantasy, written by the exhibitor on a 5x8” card or smaller. Use of scenery or diorama is encouraged.
Model shown either English or Western negotiating ONLY ONE obstacle commonly found in a trail class. Entries must include a sketch of the complete pattern.
Model (either a mini or foal) shown either English or Western (halter and lead only) negotiating ONLY ONE obstacle commonly found in an in-hand trail class. A handler must also be included. Entries must include a sketch of the complete pattern.
Model shown either Western or English negotiating ONLY ONE obstacle commonly found on the outdoor trail (ex: log, stream, bridge).
Model to be shown in appropriate costume for the class. Arabian costume required for the Arabian Costume class. Any costume is allowed in the Beginners and Miscellaneous classes except Arabian Costumes. Dioramas permitted.
Horse(s) in harness pulling a buggy, cart, plow, etc.
This class is open to models participating in ANY performance class or event. Models may have been entered in another performance class wearing the same tack and using the same props. This class is designed to reward exhibitors who have made their own tack and props. ALL TACK AND PROPS USED IN THIS CLASS MUST HAVE BEEN HANDMADE BY THE EXHIBITOR. The following are the only exceptions: cast bits and stirrups, “silver” plates on tack, cast buckles, dolls and vehicles. The judge reserves the right to give preference to high-quality handmade bits, stirrups, saddle parts and vehicles. Dolls are only permitted if they are wearing clothing that is handmade by the exhibitor, with the exception of footwear and protective headgear. The judge reserves the right to interview any exhibitor about the tack, props or scene creation, etc.
Lead Line Class
Model shown in English or Western saddle, bridle and pad. No scenery or diorama permitted. A handler and child rider are required.
Mare and Foal
Mare and foal shown together in a scene. Diorama or scenery required.
One foal or yearling shown in a scene. Diorama or scenery required.
Defensive or Frightened Horse
Model in a defensive or frightened position shown in an appropriate setting. Diorama or scenery is required.
Any five models of the exhibitor’s choice. Models should be attractively displayed and should all fit a theme (horses in literature, all the same mold, famous Quarter Horses, etc.). Entry must include a 5x8” or smaller card specifying the theme. Models may be displayed mint in box with original accessories and/or on tiers. No scenes or dioramas, but platforms, backdrops, table drapes, etc., are permitted. Judging is based on a combined evaluation of the models, theme, presentation and accompanying information.
Horseman/Horsewoman At Work Class
Model shown with a Horseman/Horsewoman handler illustrating a career with horses. Diorama and scenery required . Must include a brief explanation of the career being illustrated, written by the exhibitor on a 5x8” card or smaller.
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