For tens of thousands of years, horses have had an integral relationship with humans. As a result of this relationship, horses have featured prominently in art for millennia. The cave paintings of Pech Merle in France are estimated to be more than 29,000 years old and the more well-known cave paintings in Lascaux, France are estimated to be about 16,000 years old. Horses feature prominently in ancient Greek art, dating back 2,500 years, followed by Roman art, Medieval Art, Renaissance Art, and beyond to the present day.
Participants in this year’s BreyerFest 2021 Horses Throughout Art History Diorama Contest are invited to create a diorama, using at least one Breyer model in any scale, which recreates a horse in art from anything from pottery to paintings using any materials you’d like, from a public domain/open access work of art from one of the links provided (see How to Enter and Official Rules below). Take photographs of your entry and pick the one to four you like best. Then submit your photograph(s) of your creation via email to be judged and you might win a Breyer “Stubbs” Model (Estimated retail value $300 USD)!*
Many will enter, but only twenty-eight (28) will win (seven (7) entries in each of four (4) age groups)!
We can’t wait to see what history you create!
The expression or application of human creative skill and imagination, typically in a visual form such as painting or sculpture, producing works to be appreciated primarily for their beauty or emotional power.
Participants in this year’s BreyerFest 2021 Living Art Costume Contest are invited to create a costume for themselves inspired by a public domain/open access art piece from one of the links provided (see How to Enter and Official Rules below). Take pictures of yourself wearing your costume and pick the one to four you like best, and submit your photograph(s) via email to be judged! You might win a Glossy Danash’s Northern Tempest BreyerFest Celebration Horse model (Estimated retail value $500 USD)!*
Many will enter, but only twenty (20) will win (five (5) entries from each of four (4) age groups)!
From sculpture to pop art, there is so much to be inspired by! We can’t wait to see what artwork you bring to life!
Announcing the 2021 BreyerFest Best Customs Contest! This Contest will honor the best in Breyer model horse 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 winners and a unique Stablemates model plus rosette for second and third place for winners in each Division. The first, second, and third place winners in each division may be featured on BreyerHorses.com during BreyerFest weekend.
Many will enter, but only fifteen (15) will win (one (1) first place, one (1) second place, and one (1) third place winner in each of five (5) divisions)! See below and Official Rules for details.
2021 BreyerFest Best Customs Contest Divisions:
Excellence in final paint decoration, including, without limitation, a high level of detail work, smoothness of paint, and a glowing, flawless finish. Judging is on paint work, detail work, and realism. Customizing enhancements or embellishments (e.g., halters, etc.) are NOT permitted. Only standard prep work is permitted (e.g., cleaning, sanding of seams, etc.). Realistic equines only, no fantasy entries.
Use a Breyer model as your blank canvas, and let your imagination run wild! Judging is on creativity of concept and execution. A crowd favorite! Any scale Breyer model welcome. This is the only Division for non-realistic entries.
Extensive custom with little evidence of original model or models used underneath. Judging is on the quality of the extent of re-working of conformation, finish work, and realism. Realistic equines only, no fantasy entries.
For the Performance Division, tack and/or rider figure does not have to be created or customized by entrant. If you choose to use a rider figure, it must be a Breyer figure. Other non-Breyer props and accessories are acceptable as long as Breyer models (and Breyer figures, if applicable) are used in the Performance Division. Dioramas and accessories are welcome and encouraged, as they make an exciting display, however the judging will be on the model and tack, or tack and rider, only. This is a great opportunity for you to introduce kids and those new to model horse collecting to the artistry of Performance showing. You must include a brief description with your entry detailing the discipline and class being performed. Judging is on customization of the model and the tack, or tack and rider, presentation. Realistic equines only, no fantasy entries.
This Division features a new theme each year. This year’s theme is Classically Customized focusing on celebrating 1:12 scale Breyer model horses. Use any 1:12 scale Breyer horse model and customize it any way you want. Entries may feature extreme changes, or only minor customizing. Judging is on workmanship, creativity, conformation and accuracy/realism, and presentation. Creative concepts and attractive presentations (e.g., bases, etc.) are welcome and encouraged. Must feature a Breyer "Freedom Series" or "Classic" 1:12 scale model horse only, no other scales allowed. Realistic equines only, no fantasy entries.
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