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Championship Book Cover Contest featuring American Pharaoh!
Given the history that he made in 2015, it is only fitting that American Pharaoh be a part of the MEPSA Championship Book for the 2015-2016 season. For this contest, I am looking for submissions that will become the cover for the Book. The sky is the limit! The only rule is that it has be something you own (no "borrowing" from the Internet). Some ideas to get you started are:
- model horse photo set ups showing AP – could be in a race, after a race or a paddock scene – whatever!
- artwork
- Use your imagination!

Winner(s) will be chosen by the editor, Jennifer Cole and featured on the cover of the MEPSA Championship Book. They will also receive a free copy of the Book. Other entries will be shown throughout the Book. Deadline is July 15, 2016.

Next Up - the Tack Making Contest!
MEPSA is holding a model horse tackmaking and costume making contest as a MEPSA Benefit. This contest is open to ALL. Winner will be decided by popular vote. Voting will be open to ALL. One person = one vote. Voting will be done on the modelequines blog at - You do not have to join any group in order to vote.  This is a great way to get your work shown to a potentially huge audience, win a new LSQ rider doll by Anne Field, and help MEPSA put on a terrific Championship show.

Contest Rules
1) All tack must have been made by the entrant. All major parts of any sets must have been made by the entrant. For example, you may not make a saddle pad, and enter someone else's saddle with your saddle pad as an entry. However, if the saddle is your work, a saddle pad made by someone else (and noted) may be included as part of one entry.  The tack may be previously made, or made especially for this contest. Your identity, as tackmaker, should be kept under wraps until the voting is over. Please don't tell everyone which entry is yours. Guessing is part of the fun!
2) Tackmaker may enter any type tack (Western, English, Native costume, historical, circus, other) in any scale, and the tack may be anything, ranging from a halter and lead set to a complete set with saddle. If we have enough entries (10 per division, we will divide between proven tack makers and new artists, with a smaller prize for the second division)
3) All finished tack may have a clear digital or scanned photo of each side, on a model, sent in to MEPSA- Laurel Dedes- - and Laurel can do the photographs for you if needed, when the tack is received.
4) ALL entered tack or costumes becomes property of MEPSA to raise funds or use as Championship show awards. This is a MEPSA Benefit contest. Tackmaker must send the finished tack to MEPSA upon completion- Laurel Dedes, 5193 Coventry Ln., Barboursville, VA  22923-1618- at their own expense. There is no other fee to enter.
5) Winner will be awarded a brand new custom rider doll from the very talented Anne Field of Field Of Dolls Studio. This is a lovely western show rider in red on a Yvonne doll.
6) Winner of a second division, if there is one, will a NIB recent release Breyer model, or something or similar or greater value.
7) The contest will be publicized heavily on Facebook and in model horse groups. Please help spread the word!
8) Deadline for producing your tack and entering it is July 15th, 2016. Voting will take place in mid-to late August. We will accept entries from now until July 15th.
9) MEPSA appreciates an intent to enter statement as soon as you determine that you will enter, sent to Laurel Dedes- This is not binding, but will give us an idea how many entries to expect.

Thank you! Please help support model horse photo showing by entering!

Congratulation to the Winner of the Stablemate Custom Contest - Carissa Kirksey with her Andalusian cobra mare!
Stablemate Contest

- Prize is this HA Shetland Pony resin!
Mini HA Shetland

Congratulations to the Winner of our Writing Contest, Anne Field!
The winner was selected by: Jeanne Grunert
Lifestyle & Marketing Writer
Book Author | Content Marketer | Freelance Writer

"Once again we had some fabulous entries. I really enjoyed reading them all! This year's contest was difficult to judge because there were so many wonderful entries. My "short" list contained six entries, and deciding among them was really tough. But in the end...I chose the following:

1st place: Calf Roping by Anne Field!
2nd place: Photography in Snow by Corina Roberts
3rd place:  Interview with Sue Sifton by Corina Roberts

Honorable Mentions: Building an Armature by Carissa Kirksey and Show Jumping by Traci Durrell-Khalife

Thank you again for a most enjoyable contest to judge!"

You can look forward to seeing these articles and more in the 2016 MEPSA champ show book!

Congratulations Anne! And thank you to everyone who submitted an entry to the writing contest!

And a huge thank you to Jeanne for judging!

Anne's prize is this Sandicast stock horse painted by Meghann Hoscheid Lorei
Sandicast painted by Meghann Hoscheid Lorei

Versatility Award Challenge!
For this year we have the new Versatility award. Laurel Dedes created this award and is sponsoring it as well. The prize is either a traditional sized Breyer from Breyerfest 2016 or a Stone horse or like value (Laurel's choice). What a GREAT prize! To participate all you need to do is have one horse that qualifies (1st, 2nd or 3rd) at a qualifier show in halter AND at least two performance champions or reserves under at least two different judges. Only the current 2015/2016 show season counts.

Robin Nere
It is with heavy hearts that we share our loss of one of our own: Robin Nere. Robin passed away suddenly on November 9, 2015. She was a good friend, a MEPSA board member for 10 years and an avid supporter of model horse showing who gave tirelessly of herself so that others might enjoy our hobby. She will be sadly missed.

Congratulations to the Winner of the Prop Contest, Carissa Kirksey with her Cowboy Shooting Set!
Prop Contest

-Prize, unfinished Rearing Kalinda resin by Moody donated by Marilyn Jensen
2015 Prop Contest prize

Congratulations to the Winner of the Tack Contest, Jennifer Buxton with her Racing Set!
Tack Contest

-Prize, main prize- Doll by Anne Field
2015 Tack Contest prize

Congratulations to the winner of the Holiday Custom Contest, Carissa Kirksey with her Glow-In-The Dark Halloween Horse!
2015 Contest Winner

-Prize, CM SM by Shawn McNeely and painted by Donna Lorello of Sunshine's Creative Endeavors in your choice of color, even patterns!
2015 Holiday Custom Contest prize

The Number of Qualifiers per class has been Increased!
Due to the large quantity of horses being entered, the Board has decided to increase the number of qualifiers from 3 to 6 for classes that have over 100 entries. This is primarily for Division A Gender and Manufacturer classes since those can be huge.

The 2014-15 Championship Show is in the Books!
All divisions were judged quickly this year and entrants are already receiving their packages full of show loot. Below are some pics that they have posting on Facebook. The Book is available to order through Lulu and the Grand Champion pictures will be uploaded to the Gallery soon.
2015 prizes
Picture by Linda Marie Ransom
2015 prizes
Picture by Charlotte D. Martin
2015 prizes
Picture by Allison Malone
2015 prizes
Picture by Randa Garrett
2015 prizes
Picture by Elizabeth Jones
Picture by Jennifer Christiansen Sneed

To see more pictures, visit the Unofficial MEPSA Facebook page.

2015 HOTY Winners!
Div A
Division A
"Zips Even Tide" o/b Laura Keefer
Division B
Division B
"Rafia" o/b Kay Myers
Division C
Division C
"Truffle" o/b ELLAR
Division D
Division D
"Change Getter" o/b ARCAR
Division E
Division E
"Lucille" o/b Kim Jacobs
Division F
Division F
"Bootlegger" o/b Anne Field
Futurity Foal
"Shy Cedar" o/b Laurel Dedes

New Class List for the 2015-16 Season!
There is a new class list posted for the the 2015-16 season. Changes have been made to the OF Manufacturer division with regards to the Stone classes. Also, more breed definitions were added to help you put your model in the best class. Click Here!

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