For several years in the 1990s (until NAMHSA's North American Nationals began; we chaired the first NAN), we held one of the world's largest model horse shows, Central Model Equine Congress (CMEC), in Ohio.
Today the fun continues with the bi-annual Vintage Custom Model Equine Congress--a gratifying get-together of enthusiasts and their vintage custom models to compete in person for prizes. From the people's-choice Vintage Custom Showcase contest to the judged showings of the Breed Challenge, it's a day full of ways to celebrate these survivors from the 1960s to the 1990s!
Our second Vintage Custom Model Equine Congress was held May 6, 2018, at American Legion Captain Oscar Brady Post No. 298 in Battle Creek, Michigan! Watch for a show report on the fun to be posted here in late September!
The first-ever Vintage Custom Model Equine Congresswas held May 7, 2016, at the same venue. Hobbyists from eight states filled American Legion Captain Oscar Brady Post No. 298 with more than a thousand model horses!
Judges Lisa Shepard, Teri Steele and Ardith Carlton awarded the VCMEC Breed Challenge's top honors to Grand Champion Veiled In Gold, a 1990s creation by Lesli Kathman that's owned and shown by Julie Propes of Illinois, and Reserve Grand Champion RM Spring Snow, a 1980s work by Julie Froelich that's owned by Lisa Wickham of Texas and proxy-shown by Deb Carlson of Minnesota.
In the popular-vote Vintage Custom Showcase, emerging as the Grand Champion was *So Viktor Alexi, a 1980s legend created, owned and shown by Sue Rowe of Minnesota. Reserve Grand Champion was The Tick, a 1990s work by Pat Sinnott and Marge Para that's owned and shown by Sue Sudekum of Michigan.
Those four returned in a people's-choice showdown for the Supreme Championship of the show--and taking the top spot was RM Spring Snow. Reserve Supreme Champion in the voting was *So Viktor Alexi.
In addition to beautiful commercial awards, the class winners and champions won gorgeous tile prizes created and donated by Sarah Minkiewicz-Breunig, with one-of-a-kind creations going to the Supreme Champion and Reserve Supreme Champion.
VCMEC 2016 was a North American Model Horse Shows Association-approved qualifying show for the hobby's prestigious North American Nationals, so all 1st- and 2nd-place horses in the VCMEC Breed Challenge received NAN cards qualifying for the 2017-2020 NAN shows.
The full VCMEC 2016 show report and photos galore are available in the Summer 2016 issue of VCMEC's free quarterly online newsletter, VCMEC Model Horse Re-View.
In late September, the Autumn 2018 issue of VCMEC Model Horse Re-View will have the full report on VCMEC 2018, with the highlights posted on this page then, too.
Plan to join us in 2020 for the third Vintage Custom Model Equine Congress, in Battle Creek, Michigan, when we'll again get together to make hobby history as well as revisit it!
Vintage custom model horse in top photo: Chirin's Bell (by Judy Renee Pope).