State 4-H Model Horse Show

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State 4-H Model Horse Show

January 18, 2020 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

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The New Jersey 4‑H Model Horse Project is an educational program, entailing the collecting, photographing and showing of model horses. This sincere hobby inspires 4‑H’ers to pursue perfection, authenticity and artistry. The “world of the model horse show” involves a vast equine knowledge and skill to reproduce the realism needed to portray the image of a live horse. The world of model horses is both interesting and informative. 4‑H horse lovers of all ages will enjoy participating in this project. It is especially accommodating for 4‑H’ers who do not have horses or for 4‑H’ers who, because of health reasons, cannot physically work around live horses.

Exhibiting and photographing model horses can be a total learning experience. 4‑H’ers discover the structure of the horse—anatomy and conformation; way-of-going; colors; markings; proper tack, equipment and attire; and styles of riding and showing. Numerous skills are developed in sculpting, painting, leather-work, photography, collecting and record keeping. The only limitations are your knowledge and imagination. The ultimate goal is to take the specific action of a live horse, freeze it in time and portray it in model size. Realism and correctness are the intent.

Model horse shows were started by adults in the mid-1960s, first with the “photo” show and later the “live” show. In a photo show, a picture of a model horse is assessed. The horse is photographed at halter or in a performance class. The photo is sent to a “photo show” to be judged. A “live show” is where the actual model is exhibited and judged.


January 18, 2020
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Carol Ward, State Livestock Show Coordinator


Somerset County 4-H Office
310 Milltown Road
Bridgewater, NJ 08807 United States
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