Welcome to the FIRST Winter Festivus Model Horse PHOTO Show

This Year the Show will be an online photo show due to the ongoing pandemic. 

Winter Festivus: Close Enough for 2020 Photo Show



General Information:

Winter Festivus 2020 will be held on SmugMug:


Loading Date: October 1st - November 30th, 2020   

Judging Date: December 1st – 15th, 2020 


General Show Information:


Winter Festivus 2020 Divisions include: 

OF Breyer/Other, OF Breyer/Other Mini, OF Stone, OF Stone Mini, Custom, Custom Mini, Artist Resin, Artist Resin Mini, Medallions, OF China, Custom Glazed China, Open Performance, and Youth/Novice.


Entry and show fees: 


$30 Flat fee for entry for open showers. $10 fee for showers entering only Youth/Novice. There is no limit on the total number of models you may show. Your entry fee allows you to enter up to three horses per class. We will allow Buy-ins for 2 extra horses per class for $1 each. Every model after that is $2 each.  Each horse may enter one halter class for breed, one for workmanship (as applicable), and as many performance classes as you wish.  


Fees for this show will not only offset the cost of prizes, particularly the pony pouches, but all proceeds will be forwarded to the Golden West Championship 2021. For all paid entrants: Each paid entrant will receive, as a thank you, a custom stablemate sized pony pouch with our logo for 2020 made by Suzanne Combs of Red Tail Studios. 


I accept PayPal ( Please fill out and enter for the show at:


Refunds: There will be NO refunds for no-shows or for people asked to leave because of disruption of the show. Refunds will be considered up to two weeks before the show closes for entries. 


Once you have entered and paid for the show I will email/message you the link and password to the Smug Mug albums. Instructions for uploading will also follow as to make this process as smooth and painless as possible. 



Digital Ribbons will be awarded for 1st to 5th place for classes. Section champs and reserves will be given rosettes recycled from the previous Golden West Championship show. Division Champs and Reserves will receive Pony Pouches handcrafted by Suzanne Combs with a custom logo for this installment of Winter Festivus as well as a rosette.  


Winter Festivus also be awarding a special prize for the both the open shower and the youth/novice shower who earns the most points via placings. 

Points will be awarded as such: 10 for 1st, 7 for 2nd, 5 for 3rd, 3 for 4th, and 1 for 5th. 

The show hostess will tabulate these numbers and award prizes once the results are finalized. In the event of ties, the tie breaker will be the shower with the most first places. Should there still be a tie, then it will be the shower with the most second placings and so on. 




OF Breyer/Other -  Elena Lemm


OF Breyer/Other Mini - Meredith Warren


OF Stone -  Heather Visser 


OF Stone Mini - Carrie Richmond


Custom -  Kylee Parks


Custom Mini Breed - Lauren Hoeffer


Artist Resin -  Lauren Wood


Artist Resin Mini – Kristin Arendt /Lynn Weber


Medallions - Shane Langbauer


OF China -  Shannon Southard


CMG China -  Heather Malone


Open Performance – Jackie Rossi


Youth/Novice- Julia Turner and Katy Niles


Judge’s decisions are final and classes may be split according to judge’s discretion. Arguing, harassing the judges or any other un-sportsman like behavior will result in the shower being asked to leave the show without a refund of entry fees. 

Class Info: 


Classes may be split, combined or cancelled, depending upon the number of entries or at the discretion of the judge and/or show holder. Please do not include halters unless they are appropriate for their breed and are fitted correctly. 


Class Limits: 

All halter and performance classes are 3 per class.



Please keep in mind we are judging your horse and not your photography skills. With that in mind, here are some instructions and tips from Michelle Master’s Breyerfest Live 2020 packet. 


* Do not overly concern yourself with the background of your photos. The judges will be looking primarily at the horse. The background of your photos should be something simple that does not distract from the horse, and it does not need to be a proper scene. A plain background, such as a solid color or even your kitchen, will not be penalized. No digital backgrounds please.


* Your entire model must be visible, including hooves, so take your photos on a relatively flat surface rather than in grass. You can use felt/fabric, astroturf, a tray of loose footing, sand, sidewalk/driveway, boards or just plain dirt.

* Be sure that your model takes up most of the photo. You can crop the photo or resize it once you take it, and you are allowed to adjust the brightness/contrast, but you cannot use filters or digitally enhance/􏰂touch up􏰂 the model.

* Try to get at eye level when you take your photo; you want the judge to be looking at the horse straight on, not from above or below. If your model is glossy, you may need to angle the view just a bit to avoid glare.

* Pay attention to the lighting. You want the judge to have a clear view of your horse with no shadows. If your photographing outside, a cloudy but still bright day (not completely overcast) is best. Indoors, you􏰀ll need to experiment with what you have, but consider a separate light source from 2-3 different angles.

* Be sure to set your camera (phone cameras included!) on the best setting for close-up photos. You want the sharpest focus possible and be sure the horse is the subject of the focus, not anything in the background or foreground.

* There are online resources for model horse photography so if you need more guidance􏰄help is just a Google away! And there are lots of model horse show photos in Images if you need ideas. 


*Note: If you ae using pictures taken by the finishing artist for your model, please ask for their permission. Most artists are happy to let you use their images of your horse so please ask. Images submitted should be of models you currently own and not off of company websites or reference sites. 


Information Needed:

When entering a model for the show, please only upload one photo of the horse.  Your photo should have this information and preferably in this order associated with it. This information is written into the description attached to each photo you upload. 


Horses Name



Your Name



Documentation for your horses is welcomed, especially in the cases of unusual breeds, colors, or coat patterns. Please don’t assume the judges know everything there is to know about every breed and color.  Documentation for performance is a must. Documentation can be linked in the description for the photo. There will be a folder for each division for documentation. You may upload into this folder and link to your documentation. 


Judging Criteria: 

Breed: Models in the breed classes will be judged on the ABCC's - anatomically, bio-mechanics, color, and conformation. Also taken in consideration is the correct color for that breed/registry and workmanship of the model (ex. seams, overspray and surface finishing). 


Workmanship: Horses will be judged on the quality of the prep work & the paint job and the overall finish or glaze. A reference photo for the color or pattern can be helpful. 


Note: We will be using the NAMHSA 2019 Breed List for placing breeds into sections.


If you have an questions on where your model should be placed, please don’t hesitate to contact the show holder for help or clarification. 


Finish Definitions: 


Original Finish – is defined as any model that is mass-produced at a factory (i.e. Breyer, Stone, Hartland) and has not been altered in any way after leaving the factory. This includes but is not limited to the use of spray polish, applying black polish to hooves, or adding a glossy finish to a matte model. Touch-ups are permitted if not obvious. 


Custom Models – are defined as any model that has been changed from its original form in any media. These classes also include models made by hand. (Drastic customs with show in this division.) 


Artist Resins – are defined as any model, regardless of number in run, which has been home or professionally cast. Original Sculptures also qualify for the resin division. Resins that have been altered after casting still enter the resin classes. (ex. new mane and tails, limbs moved, ears changed, etc.) 


OF China – any factory produced china, porcelain, cold-cast porcelain, or resin models show in the china division. This includes Hagen - Renaker, Horsing Around, OF Breyer porcelains, Animal Artistry, Alchemy, Pour Horse, etc. 


Custom Glazed China - any china horse that has been altered from its original finish by firing a permanent glaze onto the horse, or uniquely glazed by the factory, sculptor or another artist in a color not released in a regular edition. Cold-painted china horses belong in the Custom division. 


Results:   Results from the show will be posted on the show’s website and also on Facebook.


Winter Festivus Close Enough for 2020 Photo Show

Entry Form


If you need to mail entry but remember that the post office is running behind. Emailing a copy of this form is acceptable as well (


Mailing Address:

Winter Festivus

C/O Kristin Arendt

2267 Elkhorn Ct.

San Jose, CA 95125

United States



Name of Entrant: _______________________________________________________________


Mailing Address: ________________________________________________________________




Email: ________________________________________________________________________


Facebook ID (for our group Winter Festivus): _________________________________________


Show entry fee for PHOTO SHOW is $30 for open entry and $10 for entry into Youth/Novice only. Once entry fee has been received, you will be emailed the login information for SMUGMUG.COM to begin uploading your photos





Arabian: All purebred Arabian strains recognized by the Arabian Horse Registry. NOTE: The Shagya Arabian although of Arabian ancestry is not "of type" as recognized by AHR and should be shown in Other Sport. 


Part-Arabian: All part Arabians of extreme Arab type show in this class. Part Arabians showing more type of their other half should show in Other Light/Part Breed, or where appropriate for their body type. For instance, a Quarab that appears more like a Pure Arab would be shown in Part Arabs in the Arab division, whereas a Quarab that appears more like a Quarter Horse would be shown in Other Stock/Partbred in the Stock division. National Show Horses - both gaited and non-gaited - will show in NSH classes. 


Warmblood: Horses shown as Warmbloods are actually descended from or a blend of hot-blooded breeds and cold-blooded (light draft) breeds... they are not simply sport-conformed versions of other breeds. Examples are Belgian Warmblood, Budyonny, Danish Warmblood, Danubian, Dutch Gronigen, Dutch Warmblood, East Bulgarian, Finnish Universal, French Trotter, Gelderlander, Hispano, Holsteiner, Hanoverian, Trakehner, Hungarian Warmblood, Irish Draft aka Irish Draught, Kladruber, Knabstrup, Latvia, Mecklenbury, Oldenburg, Rhinelander, Salerno, Selle Francais, Swedish Warmblood.


Sport Horses: Athletic breeds used for actual sport in their native lands and sport conformed individuals that have evolved in modern era to fulfill the needs of today's competition. Examples are Akhal Teke, Appaloosa Sporthorse (Appaloosa x Warmblood origins) , American Sport Horse or American Warmblood (basically Quarter Horse or Paint crossed on Thoroughbred or breeds with Warmblood origins, possibly Mustang and Thoroughbred or Warmblood crosses), Canadian Sport Horse, Furious, Irish Draught Sporthorse, Metis Trotter, Nonius, Terek, Waler, Westphalian and all other pure or part of the above breeds showing Warmblood characteristics, used for all aspects of combined training including geographically located racing events (i.e. in North American harness racing horses are Standardbreds, but in Russia they could be the Metis Trotter or Orlov Trotter breeds.) 


Carriage Breeds: Such as Cleveland Bay, Friesian, Friesian Sporthorse, Hackney Horse, French or Norman Cob, Lippizan, Orlov Trotter, Welsh Cob section "D", all other pure or part of the above breeds showing Cob, or Carriage characteristics, used for driving. 


Gaited Horse: Any breeds exhibiting gaited characteristics, i.e. is NATURALLY inclined to perform gaits other than a walk, trot, and canter (such as a running walk, rack, foxtrot, etc.) A high trot does NOT constitute a specialized gait. The Spanish Walk is a movement that can be taught to any well-conformed breed and is not a gait. Spanish breed or descended breeds such as the Mangalara Marcheador, Paso Fino or Peruvian Paso are encouraged but not required to show in Spanish Breeds, rather than in Other Gaited (there may or may not be a separate Gaited Spanish class offered.) However - Non-Gaited Spanish breeds must show in the Spanish classes. The American Saddlebred, American Spotted Saddlehorse, Missouri Foxtrotter, Tennessee Walking horses of either show/padded shoe "Big Lick" version or cowboy shod version "Plantation Style", Rocky Mountain Horse, Walkaloosa, and all other pure or part breeds showing gaited characteristics show in this Gaited class. 


Ponies: Any breed exhibiting pony characteristics of height and conformation, or those generally recognized as "pony." Includes but isn't limited to these breeds: American Shetland, American Walking Pony, Assateague, Bali, Basque, Batak, British Shetland, British Spotted Pony, Carmargue, Chincoteague, Chinese, Dales Pony, Dartmoor, Fell Pony, Galiceno, Hackney Pony, Marwari, Mongolian, New Forest Pony, Paint Pony, POA, Quarter Pony, Rocky Mountain Pony (Welsh Section "A") Welsh Section "B", Welsh Cob Pony Section "C" and any other pure or part ponies exhibiting pony characteristics. American Saddle Pony and other Gaited Pony breeds should show here in Other Ponies. Hackney Ponies, which are not gaited, go in Show Ponies.


Stock Breeds: Any breed typically used for working stock, or of a body type considered as "stock", Appaloosa, Australian Stock Horse, Canadian Cutter, Colorado Ranger or Rangerbred, Mustang, Paint, Quarter Horse. All breeds not listed that would be used in its native country or region for working stock or general ranch work. For this show, please show BLM Mustangs, Kiger Mustangs, Cayuse Indian Pony/ Cayuse Indian Horse, and other Mustangs of various types and sub-groups in the Mustang class. Spanish Mustangs may be shown in either the Mustang class (the preferred location) or they may be shown in the Spanish classes (if they already have NAN cards in that class.) Any other pure or part breed exhibiting stock characteristics: American Indian Horses may show in either the Mustang class or the Other Stock class; Fjords and Brumbies may also show here in Other stock, as they are used as stock horses in their native lands. Documentation will be a big help in the Mustang and Other Stock classes.


Draft Breeds: Any breed typically used for medium or heavy draft work, including pulling loads, farm work, etc. and exhibiting draft confirmation. Ardennais, Auxios, Belgian, Brabant, Boulannais, Breton, Clydesdale, Comtois, Dole Gubrandsdal, Dutch Draft, Italian Heavy Draft, Percheron, Suffolk Punch, Shire, Swedish Ardennes, Vladimer Heavy Draft and any pure or part breeds showing draft characteristics or conformation, used for heavy farm/harness work. 


Spanish Breeds: Breed originating and perpetuated in the Spanish/Iberian region of Europe and any breed developed and now bred primarily in the New World (North and South America) maintained as a controlled pure breed with roots in the Spanish/Iberian region of Europe. Alter Real, Andalusian, Lusitano, Azteca, Barb, Criollo, Paso Fino, Peruvian Paso, Soraia and all other breeds pure or part exhibiting similar characteristics and bred primarily in the Spanish/Iberian region of Europe. Spanish Mustangs show in this division as Other Spanish Breed. 


Other Purebreds: This class to include horse breeds that include more than one body type such as the American Cream, Bahskir Curly, Russian Don, Kathiawari, Lokai, Malapolski, American Miniature, Turkoman, Wielopolski, all other pure breeds recognized by tradition or breed registries.


Other Partbreds: may compete in the halter division best suited to their conformation and type. For instance, Ara-Apps (Arabian and Appaloosa crosses used for endurance and pleasure riding) may show very Arabian characteristics and do better in Other Lightbreed, or may show very stock characteristics with an Arabian influence in the head and neck and show better in Other Stock. This is up to the shower's discretion. Grades and unusual cross breeds should show where Other a part breed classes are offered.


Longears/Exotics: All mules, hinnies, donkeys and burros are considered longears. All non-domesticated, extinct, or living primitive breeds such as Przewalski, Tarpan, Wild Ass, Onager, Quagga, crossbred Zorse and Zony models and Zebras are considered exotics. 


Kristin Arendt, Showholder