Contest entries must be submitted virtually for this year's Celtic Fling - more information on these submissions will be released soon!
To celebrate this year’s Celtic Fling at BreyerFest, 3-Day ticket holders are invited to create dioramas, using any scale Breyer model, depicting scenes from Celtic mythology or something from the early history of Great Britain or Ireland (300 BCE – 1300 CE).
The British Isles have a deeply-rooted equine history and rich folkloric tales. Be inspired by the ancient gods and goddesses like The Morrigan, Lugh, and The Dagda or the mythical heroes like Cú Chulainn and Fionn mac Cumhaill, or even real-life heroes like Boudicca, Alfred the Great, and William Wallace – all with horses by their sides every step of the way!
We can’t wait to see what you come up with!
Diorama Contest Rules:
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.
Announcing the 2020 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 will be showcased in the Virtual BreyerFest 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.
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.
This class will feature a new theme that will vary from year to year. This year’s theme: “Pairs Well Together.” Sometimes two is better than one! Show us your best TWO customs, interacting together as one scene. Is it a tender moment between mare and foal? Two rugged Mustang stallions, fighting in the wild west? Perhaps a pair of romping yearlings at play? What do you picture when you pair two model horses together? Charming and cute? Dramatic, or romantic? What story will your pair tell? Entry will be judged on workmanship, conformation, accuracy, and creativity. If two scenes are equal in quality, presentation will be the tie-breaker, so please feel free to include attractive bases or scenic elements that may enhance your entry. Minor tack pieces welcome (halters for example) if they help to tell the "story" as long as they do not obscure entry from being judged. Blocking of large areas of the models with scenery or props is discouraged, and fully tacked models are discouraged, as judges need to be able to see all angles of each horse. (Saddled entries should be placed in the Performance Excellence class.) No fantasy entries, realistic equines only please.
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
Click Here for The Best Customs Rules and Regulations
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