Collectibility Class Tips
Model horse showing is a fun and educational activity for all ages. The most simple division to enter is the Halter division. This is where entrants simply place their horses on a table for the called class, and walk away while the judge assesses each horse. Just because you “plunk” a horse on the table and move back, does not mean you can’t have good showmanship. Clean and dust your models thoroughly before you pack them for the show; when you unpack at the show, give the model a light dusting before you take it to the judging table. You can save yourself fingerprint smears by handling your ceramics and glossy plastic models with clean cotton gloves.
One aspect of model horse OF (Original Finish) Halter showing is Collectibility, where models are judged for their age and rarity, instead of Breed type. Basically, you must explain what makes that model collectible: who made it, where, when, for how long, how many exist like it, and any other tidbit of interest. This means the exhibitor must research ahead of time. All North American Nationals require exhibitors to include data with their Collectibility entry on the table, usually in the form of index cards. If you enter a NAN qualifying show, it is a good idea to already have your index cards filled out with collectibility information and use them, as if it was the NAN. No one person can know all the collectibility information on everything; judges appreciate the help and the extra work you put into your entry. If two otherwise identical models are up for a collectibility placing, I always give the higher placing to the one with accurate and neatly printed cards. It is easier than ever to find out about your models with all of the identifying web sites and books available today. If you have a horse by me, Kristina Lucas Francis, you can find Collectibility information at the Archives page of this web site.
When you exhibit your horse in Collectibility, arrange your card neatly in front of horse, between it and the table edge. Never cover another entrant’s show tag or card with your entry’s Collectibility ephemera. Some entrants get crazy with huge printed pages, full-size books, and framed photographs for each model. It is best to keep it simple, accurate, and small, as the judging table real estate is limited. The photos below show examples of good use and sizes of Collectibility cards.