Photo Finish Model Horse Diorama Contest


On display Friday & Saturday

BreyerFest is ready to celebrate a day at the races! Dioramas can incorporate any type or interpretation of horse racing, so get those creative juices flowing. Horse racing is not just about the high-stakes betting of the Triple Crown. Dive back into ancient Rome to explore the excitement of chariot racing or travel to the Middle East in the hoof prints of the legendary Hidalgo. We will see you at the starting line!

Diorama Contest Rules:
  1. One entry per person.
  2. All entries must be created using a least one Breyer Model (any scale).
  3. All entries must stand upright on a table and fit entirely inside a 12" cube; including bases, stands, and attachments (entries will be measured).
  4. Any media, attachments, and bases can be used as long as it fits the size requirement above.
  5. Entry must be accompanied with a 3" x 5" index card with a description on one side and name, age, city and state on the other side.
  6. All entrants must be BreyerFest Three-Day ticket holders.
  7. Submissions will only be accepted Friday, July 13th from 9:30 am - 5:00 pm at the Visitor Information Center. Entries will be judged Friday evening after the park is closed, allowing judges time to read the entry cards. Entries received after Friday will not be judged.
  8. All entries must be submitted by the original artist.
  9. Winners will be announced after the Saturday Raffle in the Covered Arena
  10. All entries must be picked up from the Visitor Information Center by Sunday, July 15th at 1:00 p.m.

Special Limited Edition models will be presented to winners in four age categories: Under 10 years, 10-14 years, 15-19 years, and 20 Years & Older.

Horseless Horse Show!

Friday, Saturday, and Sunday
10 am and 2 pm daily

A contest just for the two-legged ponies, in other words, kids! Children 15 and under are invited to test their jumping skills for a chance to win a prize! Register your child to participate in Celebration Park.


A horseless horse show is run just like a real horse show without the horses. With set jumping courses participants race against the clock on their own two feet. The horseless horse show is open to kids 15 and under. All sections will be judged and an awards presentation will follow each section of competition.

  1. Participant must compete in their age group - Under 9, 10-12, 13-15
  2. Each Participant must have a complete waiver signed by their parent or guardian only. Those without waivers will not be able to participate in the contest.
  3. On-site registration for classes is required.
  4. Prizes will be distributed daily to winners at the conclusion of each age group.
  5. Complete rules and course map will be posted onsite.



Dressed to the Nines Derby Hat and Costume Contest

Saturday, 6 pm


And they're off! For this year's costume contest we're giving a nod to the illustrious Derby races and adding the element of a Derby Hat Party to BreyerFest's traditional Costume Contest. Come "dressed to the nines" in your Off to the Races finest. Prizes will be awarded to the winners!
All costumes must be family friendly! Any costume deemed inappropriate by the judges will not be allowed to take part in the Costume Contest. Prizes will be awarded to the top three people or groups in each category. Categories include: Individual Adult, Adult Group, Individual Child, and Child Group. The age cut-off is the same as BreyerFest tickets - adults are ages 13 and over, kids are ages 12 and under. Costumes are judged on quality of execution and best overall theme, and prizes are awarded at the judges' discretion.

Click here to read the rules and regulations.

Best Customs Contest

Model on wave

Announcing the 2018 Breyer Best Customs Contest!  This contest will honor the best in customizing - re-making and re-sculpting the model itself, awesome finish work, and even possibly mohair and superb tack (not required).  Prizes include a Traditional scale Exclusive Special Breyer model and Rosette to first place, and a unique Stablemates model plus Rosette for second and third place for winners in each division.  Top 3 custom finalists in each division to be showcased at BreyerFest in the Artisans' Gallery for final judging.


• Excellence in Finish Work

  • Excellence in final paint decoration, including a high level of detail work, smoothness of paint, and a glowing, flawless finish.  Judging will be on paint work only.  For this reason, no customizing outside of slight modification is allowed.  No fantasy entries, realistic equines only please.

• Fantasy

  • Evaluated on both customizing and finish work and uniqueness of entry. Use a Breyer model as your blank canvas, and let your imagination run wild!  Judged 60% on creative concept and 40% on execution. A crowd favorite!  Any size of Breyer model welcome.  All non-realistic entries must enter this class.  

• Most Extreme Custom

  • Extensive custom with little evidence of original model or models used underneath. To be judged on the quality of the extensive re-working, conformation and finish work.  No fantasy entries, realistic equines only please.

• Best Custom for Performance Excellence (shown with Tack and Rider)

  • Judged on creating that winning performance entry.  Judged 80% on the customization of the horse, and 20% on the tack and rider presentation.  Dioramas and accessories are welcome and encouraged, as they make an exciting display for our BreyerFest guests, however the judging will be on the actual model and tack itself.  This is a great chance for you to introduce kids and those new to model horse collecting to the artistry of Performance showing.  Include a small card detailing the discipline and class being performed.  No fantasy entries, realistic equines only please.  

• Theme Class

  • This class will feature a new theme that will vary from year to year.  This year's theme: "Portrait of a Champion."  Customize any Breyer as a realistic portrayal of a famous race hose.  Not limited to Thoroughbred racing.  Barrel racing, harness racing, and endurance racing, etc are all welcome and the horse may be any breed.  Entries must also include a photograph (or other realisitic, representative image of the horse, e.g. a painting) and a small description of the Champion you have chosen.*  This category will be judged on realism, accuracy, workmanship, and overall presentaion.  No fantasy entries, please.

* see rule ten (10), below.

  • One (1) Special Edition BreyerFest Best Customs Traditional model(Estimated Retail Value $1,000) to first place Winner of each division (6 models to be created; 1 to go in Benefit Auction)
  • One (1) Special Edition Stablemate Best Customs model to 2nd and 3rd place Winner.
  • One (1) Rosette to each Finalist
How to Enter
  • Submit a photo of your custom to [email protected] for initial judging no later than Thursday, June 14th, 2018, 11:59 pm EST. No late entries allowed!
  • Customizing and finish work must be original to entrant. For Performance entry, tack and/or rider does not have to be entrant-crafted.
  • You must include digital photograph, the name of the original Breyer model used, the name of the single division you would like your custom to be judged in (no multiple divisions are allowed), name, mailing address, telephone number, and email address.
  • Include up to 4 images only.
  • Customs must fit within 24" x 24" or 18"x30" footprint on a table; no exceptions.
  • Top 3 potential finalists to be chosen on or about July 1, 2018.
  • Top 3 Finalists in each division to be displayed at BreyerFest for final judging.
  • Potential finalist is responsible for organizing delivery and pick up of their model, if chosen, at BreyerFest Artisans' Gallery. (You do not need to attend BreyerFest, but your model does.) If you are unable to comply with this requirement, you will forfeit your opportunity for consideration and an alternate potential finalist will be chosen.
  • Custom must be delivered by you or your proxy by Thursday, July 12th, 2018 between 12 and 4 pm; Customs to stay on display until 10 pm Saturday night, July 14th, 2018.
  • Judging will be completed and ribbons displayed Saturday night, July 14th 2018.
  • Prizes awarded at 9:00 pm on Saturday night.  Models are available for pick up at 10 pm, however it is preferred that they remain on table until Artisan's Gallery closes at 11 pm, if possible, to allow everyone to view the winners after judging.  Customs and/or prizes not picked up at close of the Artisan's Gallery will not be returned and will become the property of Breyer Animal Creations. 
  • Judges: to be determined
Official Rules
  1. This is a skill-based contest and chance plays no part in the determination of the winner.
  2. Contest is open to all legal U.S. residents ages 14 and up. Void where prohibited or otherwise restricted by law.
  3. Custom model must be original and entirely created by the entrant, and must not violate any applicable local, national, and/or international laws or regulations.
  4. Contest entry period begins Wednesday, May 16, 2018 at 12:01am EDT and ends Thursday June 14, 2018 at 11:59pm EDT. All entries must be received via email at [email protected] by 11:59pm EDT, June 14, 2018. No other method of entry will be accepted.
  5. To enter, email no more than four (4) digital photographs of your custom to [email protected] All entries must be in digital form, JPEG format (PFD, PSD, BMP, etc. will be rejected), no larger than 2MB each in size. Only emailed entries will be eligible.
  6. Your email must include digital photograph, the name of the original Breyer model used, the name of the division you would like your custom to be judged in, name, mailing address, telephone number, and email address. Any entries missing the above requirements will be immediately disqualified.
  7. Limit one (1) entry per person in the entire contest regardless of division or class.
  8. Note for 2018: Winner of previous year's class is not allowed to enter the same class that they won in 2017.  However, they are welcome to choose a different category to compete in for 2018.  Theme class will be exempt from this rule as it will change subjects and become a totally new class every year it is offered.
  9. Judges have yet to be determined. Customs will be judged as follows: Excellence in Finish Work - 100% finish work; Fantasy - 50% on creative concept and 50% on execution; Most Extreme Custom - 100% of quality of extensive re-working, conformation and finish work; Theme Custom - 100% quality of re-working, conformation, and finish work; and Best Custom for Performance Excellence (shown with Tack and Rider) - 80% on the customization of the horse, and 20% on the tack and rider presentation (include a small card detailing the discipline and class being performed). Three (3) potential finalists will be chosen in each division, and one (1) Winner will be chosen in each division, as determined by the judges in their sole discretion. The decisions of the judges will be final and binding in all respects.
  10. Theme class: Entries must also include a photograph (or other realisitic, representative image of the horse, e.g. a painting) and a small description of the Champion you have chosen.  This photograph does not count as  one of the up to four images you must submit as your entry and the description may be included in the body of your email submission.  This documentation must also be included with your entry if you are selected as a finalst and your work is displayed at BreyerFest in 2018.
  11. We will contact the potential finalists by email on or about July 1, 2018. Selected potential finalists must confirm receipt of email, verify valid contact information, and confirm their custom will be at BreyerFest on Thursday, July 12, 2018 between 12 and 4pm EDT and on display for final judging and until 10:00 pm EDT Saturday, July 14, 2018, to Sponsor by email (email address will be provided to potential finalist in notification email) within five (5) business days or he/she will forfeit their position as a potential finalist and an alternate potential finalist will be selected.
  12. The first name, city and state of the Finalists and Winners may be listed on the website ( on or after 7/16/18.
  13. Prizes will be awarded at 9:00 pm EDT on Saturday, July 14, 2018. Models are available for pick up at 10:00 pm, to allow for display of winners. Customs and/or prizes not picked up by close of Artisan's Gallery at 11 pm on July 14, 2018 will not be returned and will become the property of Breyer Animal Creations.
  14. Prize: One (1) Special Edition Traditional BreyerFest Best Customs model (Estimated Retail Value $1,000) to one (1) Winner in each of the five (5) categories. One (1) Special Edition Stablemates Best Customs Model to 2nd and 3rd place Finalists.  One (1) Rosette to each 2nd and 3rd place Finalist and One (1) additional Rosette to each Winner. Winner is responsible for all taxes on Prize.
  15. Noncompliance or return of potential finalist notification as undeliverable, whether by email or telephone, may result in disqualification and selection of an alternative potential finalist.
  16. Sponsor may substitute prizes of equal or greater value. In the event of insufficient entries for a division, a winner may not be chosen for that division.
  17. Odds of winning depend on the number of eligible entries received.
  18. Sponsor employees, retailers, and their immediate families are not eligible to enter.
  19. All digital photographs submitted become the property of Breyer Animal Creations a division of Reeves International, Inc. ("Sponsor") and may be used or reproduced in any manner and for any purpose by Sponsor without additional consent or compensation, including without limitation for commercial purposes, and will not be acknowledged or returned.
    Various digital photographs of custom entries may be periodically posted on Sponsor's website ( This does not guarantee that they are or will be winners.
  20. By participating, Contest entrants: (1) represent that they have complied with these Official Contest Rules; (2) grant Sponsor the right to use his or her name, city, state, and likeness, (3) release Sponsor from all and all liability in connection with this Contest, and (4) agree to execute an affidavit of eligibility/prize acceptance form and publicity release if requested to do so, all without further compensation.
  21. Sponsor is not responsible for lost, late, illegible, incomplete/incorrect or misdirected entries.
  22. Sponsor reserves the right to disqualify anyone who attempts to tamper or otherwise interfere with the proper functioning of this contest and/or its email server and/or website.
  23. Sponsor reserves the right to modify or cancel the Contest in the event of a malfunction beyond Sponsor's control.
  24. All federal, state and local laws and regulations apply. Void where prohibited or restricted by law.
  25. The Sponsor is: Breyer Animal Creations, a division of Reeves International, Inc. located at 14 Industrial Rd, Pequannock, NJ 07440.
  26. For a copy of these Official Rules or the Winners List, send a stamped, self addressed envelope to Sponsor at the above-address; Attn: BreyerFest Customs Contest. Please specify which item you are requesting.