In addition to the fun, FREE activities that will be available to all visitors at BreyerWest, there are also several additional activities that attendees can register to participate in!
What is model horse showing? Participants show their Breyer model horses in the same way a person might show a real, living horse. Models are entered in either “halter” or “performance” classes and experienced judges review and judge each entry based on specific criteria.
In “Halter” classes, an untacked, unaltered Breyer model horse is entered into a particular class based on the breed the competitor has assigned to their model. If an Arabian model horse is entered into an Arabian class, the judge will choose the winning horses based on conformation, characteristics, and colors typical for that breed. Competitors are welcome to show models in classes that are not necessarily obvious for the mold they are showing if they can provide documentation to support their entry.
In “Performance” classes, models are fully tacked, often with riders, and set up in a diorama-like scene, complete with props and natural elements. These scenes are viewed as if they are snapshots of a live horse event in action. Tack is generally hand-made and all tack must be accurate to the activity being highlighted – a competitor couldn’t use a western-style bridle in a dressage competition scene, for example.
The BreyerWest Open Model Horse Show has been one of the biggest model horse shows on the West Coast for the past several years. This show is geared towards experienced showers and is a fast-paced show. There will be prizes for champions provided by Breyer! Click the link below to find the rules, classlist, and purchase your entry. Historically the open show sells out very quickly, so don’t delay - spots are limited!
The BreyerWest Youth & Novice show is the perfect place to dip your toes into the world of model horse showing. No matter your age (adults are welcome!), if you’re new to the world of showing your model horses, this is the show for you! We provide a helper for all entrants on the day of the show, and we will show you how it all works. This is a slower-paced show intended to be educational and fun! Champions will win regular run Breyer models! Click the link below to find the classlist, rules, and to purchase your spot.
Southwestern-Themed Bases with Sandy Sanderson
Creating Holo Horses with Shauna McDaniel
Sculpting the Equine Head: A Two-Part Sculpting Intensive with Morgen Kilbourn
Bones, Brushes & Blacklights with Jennifer Constantine
Customizing a Trace Clip with Angelo Zunic
The BreyerWest Swap Meet & Artisans’ Gallery will be held on Saturday, March 16, 2024 from 7pm to 10 pm and will be located in the Grand Ballroom of our host hotel, the DoubleTree by Hilton Denver. You must be a registered participant of BreyerWest to sell in the Swap Meet/Artisans’ Gallery. You must already be registered to participate in another BreyerWest activity in order to participate in the Swap Meet & Artisans’ Gallery. If you are a BreyerWest Volunteer, you are automatically eligible to purchase a table.