Tips From a First-Time Exhibitor and Fun Plans!

Posted by Eleda Towle on

Our last email broadcast before the show!

Are You Ready For Some Fun?

We've been all serious about getting you ready to show, but it's going to be a fun time!


  • *  During lunch, we'll have our Triple Mountain Mobile Model Store open so you can shop!
  • *  Each exhibitor is welcome to bring tack, props, or retired models to sell from their table.  Several exhibitors will be bringing custom tack and vintage models to sell, so you may want to start putting away some fun money now!
  • *  We will also have several raffle items you can win. 
  • It's gonna be a fun day! 
  • Tips From a First-Time Exhibitor

  • We asked Morgan, who showed for the first time last year, what advice she'd give to first-time exhibitors.  Here's what she says:

    1. Start coming up with good horse names way before hand! For me, this is the most difficult part, so it helps to have a running list of all the names you come up with, even if they don't fit any of the models you have in your show string right now!  
    2. Give your horses a light sponge bath with just water to get any dust on them that has accumulated on them from display. If any water gets in the mold release holes, lay/balance your model hole side down on a towel, and let gravity do its work! DO NOT GET WATER IN A CLEAR-WARE! It takes days for water to evaporate from a model, and although it comes out eventually, the last thing you want is to have unsightly water droplets in your model in the show ring. I learned this the hard way, although luckily it evaporated in time. It was a stressful couple of days!
    3. Get all your supplies ready!  I bring:
      1.  two makeup brushes, 
      2. a lens cleaning rag (to wipe fingerprints off of glossies),
      3. extra tags,
      4. a highlighter,
      5. a pen,
      6. lots of pony pouches (bring a few extra, as you know you will not be able to resist the urge of the ponies for sale!)
      7. heavy duty bins to transport your models (i use the black and yellow heavy duty ones, and make sure they are not packed too heavily as not to have too much weight on the bottom ones),
      8. a copy of the class list with the names of your models written next to their corresponding classes,
      9. a zippered binder for your documentation,
      10. Sharpie markers in brown, black and grey to make minor touch-ups,
      11. a soft cloth to lay down any tippy models while in the ring (you will not be penalized for this; however, this gives the judge all rights to handle your model to make sure you are not hiding any flaws,
      12. model stands (mime are pot lids holders from IKEA with vinyl tubing over the pegs),
      13. a tablecloth,
      14. tacky wax of you are doing performance (I can't offer advice on this area, as I hadn't done performance),
      15. and a good attitude! 
  • A general guideline for how many models you should bring to your first show is around 20 (or less), so you don't overwhelm yourself. Generally, more experienced showers will bring 30 to 60 models. When you get to the show, the first thing you should unpack is your tablecloth, followed by your model stands, then everything else. You don't need to unpack all of your models at once, because I learned the hard way that an overcrowded table can be your worst nightmare.  You need room to tack up, lay your class list down, and write results from each class your horses place in.
  • On your printed class list, write the name (show or actual model name, whichever you will remember better) of your horse next to the class that they are in. Then, highlight the classes you are in (hence the highlighter on the materials list!).

    Pay close attention to the announcements! If you miss a class, there is no time traveling, and once the class is closed, no one is allowed to touch their models, add models, or anything else.

  • Overall, the thing that surprised me the most (other than meeting Morgen Kilbourn, who even signed my Matte Jasper!) was being able to see many of the rare models up close and in person, and meeting other people in the hobby who share the same interests as me. There were more people there than I thought, and everyone was very supportive and helpful. Another thing that helped me out a lot was that my friend invited me to go with her to one of her shows so I could see what showing was all about, so I pretty much knew what to expect at my first show.  So I would recommend going to see a live show if possible!
  • Thanks, Morgan, for the great advice! ~ Eleda
  • Important note:

    We've been asked by the Community Center to let people know that there is no parking allowed on the street or the circular driveway for safety reasons.

    You may unload in the circular driveway, but must move to park elsewhere.  There is some parking on the front of the building toward the left side, and also a rear parking lot, accessed around the right side.  There is a door from the rear parking lot into the building so you won't have to walk all the way around.



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