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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!

Tack Making Contest
Deadline: November 15, 2017
MEPSA is holding a model horse tack accessory and prop 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 large audience, win a $30 Rio Rondo gift certificate and help MEPSA.
Contest Rules
1) All tack or props must have been made by the entrant. All major parts of any sets must have been made by the entrant. The entered item may be previously made, or made especially for this contest. Your identity, as maker, 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) You may enter any type tack or prop in any scale (Western, English, Native costume, historical, circus, other) We are hoping for entries including but not limited to: leg wraps, saddle pads or blankets, trail props, jump or hunt props, halters, flower pots, etc. All entries must be made, not purchased.
3) All finished tack and props may have a clear digital or scanned photo of each side, with a model to show scale, sent in to MEPSA- Laurel Dedes- -  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. Maker 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 $30 Rio Rondo gift certificate!
6) The contest will be publicized on Facebook in model horse groups. Please help spread the word!
7) Deadline for producing your item and entering it is November, 15th, 2017. Voting will take place in mid-to late December. We will accept entries from now until November15th.
8) MEPSA appreciates an intent to enter statement as soon as you determine that you will enter, sent to Laurel 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!

Writing Contest
Deadline: January 15, 2018
Prize: an unfinished Welsh Cob classic scale resin from Horsing Around
Submission: e-mail your article to Elizabeth Jones,
Length: We need both longer and shorter articles. 1000-3000 words is the length to shoot for.
Format: 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.
Subjects: 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.

And - the next remake contest!!
Due February 15, 2018 …

Prize: an unfinished Kilimanjaro Traditional size unicorn resin; alternate winner's choice: a Traditional scale cart. If there is a 2nd winner: current regular release NIB Breyer of winner's choice.

The Breyer Clydesdale mare (or you may substitute the Breyer Shire mare) remade any way you like!

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

Mini Customs Contest
Deadline: April 1, 2018
Prize: unfinished Horsing Around Marcimello miniature donkey resin; alternate winner's choice: an unfinished Horsing Around Marcus Aurelius resin

Tack Making Contest
Deadline: May 31, 2018
Prize: unfinished C.O.W.S. resin or custom doll from Anne Field

To see previous contest entries and winners, Click Here!

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