Just as a model horse represents the real thing, frozen in the moment, a photo of a model horse is something timeless. With that fraction of an instant preserved, either on paper or digitally, your vintage custom model horse can transcend time as well as space...and now even take part in a worldwide gathering to compete in the Vintage Custom Model Equine Congress (VCMEC) Online World Championships!
First held in 2016-17, next in 2018-19, and again in 2020-21, the VCMEC Online World Championships is an online photo show series unlike any other. Spanning 18 months, it's designed to determine the world's top vintage custom equines (a factory mass-produced plastic, china, cold-cast porcelain, metal or factory resin model equine that was customized by a non-factory artist before the year 2000) through competitions focusing on conformation and breed type, color and workmanship, judged by an array of respected hobbyists.
There's lots of loot for the winning, too, with commercial rosettes and trophies awarded at the end of the series! That's in addition to World Champion titles earned in extended showdowns against the best vintage custom show horses on the planet!
Just as in the first two VCMEC Online World Championships series in 2016-17 and 2018-19, which saw entries from seven countries (Australia, Canada, Germany, Japan, Sweden, the United Kingdom, and the United States), legs of the 2020-21 edition were held quarterly: in 2020 starting on September 1 and December 1, and in 2021 starting on March 1, June 1, September 1 and December 1. Results are published in VCMEC Horse Re-View, the free online publication of the Vintage Custom Model Equine Center.
Now the 2022-23 edition is about to begin! Entries will be accepted starting August 1, 2022. The deadline to enter in time for the September 1 first leg is August 30.
Due to the nature of this competition, which requires a horse to compete in at least four legs of the series, new entries for the 2022-23 series will only be accepted until February 15, 2023. The 2022-23 VCMEC Online World Championships series show info packet PDF has all the details and classlists, as well as an FAQ--you're welcome to download it with the green button at upper right.
News and announcements are also available on our Vintage Custom Model Equine Center group on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/vcmec/
Get your vintage equine gang photographed, and grab the chance to take on the world!
Vintage custom model horse in top photo: Rattlesnake Shake (by Julie Froelich).