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MEPSA Contests


Here is our contest schedule for this season! MEPSA reserves the right to be somewhat flexible, and to substitute prizes for something of equal or greater value if necessary. We may, in fact, offer a choice of the prize named here, or an alternative, as we get closer to each contest date. We may offer two divisions of any contest with enough entries, and a second smaller prize!

Annual Writing Contest
Deadline: January 15, 2019
We need both longer and shorter articles. 1000-3000 words is the length to shoot for. 
Text should be formatted in Microsoft Word (.doc) or .rtf or .txt.
Name your text file using your last name (e.g. jones.doc).
Do not embed images in your article. Send the illustrations for your article as separate .jpg files (no more than 2mb each), named using your last name and the figure number (e.g. "jonesfig1.jpg"). Illustrations must be original or used by permission from the source. Provide a source for each illustration as they will be listed in the figure captions (e.g. photo by Corina Roberts). Illustrations are an essential part of almost any article.
You may include a short byline describing yourself/credentials/place in the hobby. 
Choose a subject related to model horses in which you are knowledgeable. Here are some examples that would be topics of interest:
- Performance-the tack, rules, setting, etc. illustrated with photos of real horses/tack and/or model horses.
- Customizing – how to … (paint, resculpt, do hooves, braid a mane, etc.)
- How to make tack – a halter, bridle, saddle, costume … 
- How to make props
- Breeds (e.g. "Tiger Horse", "exotics") – with real horse illustrations. If you breed, keep or train horses, speak from your experience and illustrate with your horses! What model horses best represent your breed? Why?
- Photography – share your special tips on model horse photography with our readers!
- Model horse manufacturers: a history of Hagen Renacker or Breyer or artist resins …
- Fiction/poetry – We are willing to accept these submissions. Of course they should be horse related. We will not be printing more than one "creative work" in the Champ book. Others may appear in the club newsletter.
- Other similar subjects of interest to photo model horse showers. To see an example MEPSA Championship book, go to, search for MEPSA, and look at a preview. 
Prize: U/P AR Brio Sombra sculpted by Sheila Bishop, SM scale

And - the next remake contest!!
Deadline: February 28, 2019
Prize: U/P AR Maggie Bennett Traitional resin (either Tumbleweed or Amarant)
Make over a Traditional scale Lady Phase any way you want, with some customization when compared to the original mold. It can be minimum, like a mane and tail or head position change, or a drastic custom -it's up to you!  A few bodies may be available to live show proven artists, please inquire.  Otherwise, artists must provide their own body. Get the body soon, so you have plenty of time to work!. 

Winners will chosen from a poll on MEPSA’S blog that will be advertised on MHSP, ModelHorseBlab and Facebook.

Rules for contests:

Artist provides the model to be customized. The model must fit the criteria (in this case, Breyer Lady Phase) of the contest it was meant to be entered into. Each entrant may enter one model. 
Artist may use any technique, any materials, and customize the model and/or item any way they choose. The model customizing contests are open to any equid- not only horses, but donkeys, zebras, fantasy equines, etc.  
All finished models and/or items must have a clear digital or scanned photo of each side, sent in to MEPSA- Shana Bobbitt MEPSA can do the photographs for you if needed, when we get the model or item.
ALL entered models and/or items become property of MEPSA to raise funds or use as Championship show awards. This is a MEPSA Benefit contest. Artist must send the finished model to MEPSA upon completion at their own expense. There is no other fee to enter. 
The contest will be publicized heavily on the Internet and in model horse groups. Please help spread the word!

We will adhere to the deadlines mentioned should we receive enough entries for that contest.  MEPSA reserves the right to extend the deadlines should there not be enough entries.  Voting will take place within a month after the latest expressed deadline.

Winners will be selected by majority vote on MEPSA’s blog, when the contest entries are announced and the voting completed.  Winners will be notified via email or snail mail.

Mini Custom Contest
Deadline: March 15, 2019

Mini Prop/Tack Contest
Deadline: April 15, 2019

Tack & Prop Accessory Contest
Deadline: November 15, 2019

Please state your intent to enter any of the above contests to Shana Bobbitt at  Please note that this is just to field participation numbers, and doesn’t require you enter.  Conversely, please also advise if you decide to change your mind regarding entering.
Once you have committed to entering and have sent your entry to MEPSA, it becomes the property of MEPSA.  
Entries must be sent AT ENTRANT’S EXPENSE to Shana Bobbitt or Carolyn Bailey, addresses upon request, and BECOME THE PROPERTY OF MEPSA to use how they see fit.  This could mean as a piece “for offers”, for outright specified sale, or as a prize for contests in their end-season Championship show.
Violation of these rules and requests may result in inability to enter future contests.  Please keep it fun for all.

As usual, please email a board member with any questions.

To see previous contest entries and winners, Click Here!

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