Entering and packing for a liv

Live shows within Australia and New Zealand can be advertised in many areas. DUN qualifiers will be advertised in the Society Newsletter, on this website and on our Facebook page. Live shows can also be advertised in other clubs (such as the Australasian International model Horse Club), other websites (such as Model Horse Sales Pages) and on social media like Facebook. If you are interested in attending, contact the host. They should send you further information on the show, including the class list and entry form. A file with all of this information included is often called a show packet. This packet should also include a list of rules and FAQs, and important venue information, such as show starting time, parking and other facilities, and how to find the venue.

The show host may also be able to assist with local accommodation arrangements if required. You will need to make any travelling and accommodation arrangements well in advance. You may be able to attend the show as a day trip if it is close, but if the show is further away you may need to stay overnight. Some hobbyists even choose to travel interstate for live shows!

Organisation is the key to enjoying your first live show experience! Once you have sent in your entry form and fees, you can start preparing. To help you on the day, a `run list` is very useful. It`s a modified version of the class list, with your horse`s names under the class they are entered in. It`s a quick and easy visual you can glance at on your way to and from your table.

Model Identification

Most show hosts will use the `hang tag` method to identify models at the show. A hang tag is a small price tag (or similar), with your model`s details on one side, and a exhibit number or similar on the reverse. If your model places, the exhibit number on its hang tag will be recorded, and will be used to help the host later when they are writing up show results after the show.

If a show is using hang tags, once you have submitted your entry form, you will receive a list of your models and their exhibit numbers some time before the show. You can purchase hang tags from newsagents, or sometimes the host will have tags available for sale. Follow the instructions in the show packet as to what model information you should include on your hang tags. The most common information is age, gender and breed, but some hosts like you to put the model`s colour down as well.

Model identification rarely includes the model`s name or its owner. This information is not included, as as to eliminate any chance of bias from the judges. (You wouldn`t want a judge to place a model over yours purely because the model was owned by their best friend, would you?)

On the opposite side of the tag, write the exhibit number, and then attach the hang tag to your model by looping it around a hind pastern, ready for the show.

It helps to take a few spare hang tags with you to the show, as they can mysteriously disappear!

Most shows will require an explanation card (documentation/description) for performance entries. See the `Performance Explanations` section under `Photo Showing` for information on how to format this.


It`s best to start at least a week before the show, so you don`t have to rush. You may find it useful to write out a list of what items you need before you start packing.

How many models you take is up to you and what you feel you can handle. At a live show, you may like to talk to other entrants and look at the other models, so to avoid feeling overwhelmed, less than 20 models will be enough for your first show. If this is your first show, a small number of models will help you relax and take the show in stride, and will also allow you lots of time to talk to others.

If you are entering performance classes, gather together any tack and props that you may require, and pack these into a box or plastic container with a lid to make everything is easy to locate when it is required. Pack a container with spare glue, scissors, sticky wax, tweezers etc in case you need to make any repairs to tack while at the show. If your performance classes are the first ones on the day, it can be useful to tack your horses prior to packing them. They will then be just about ready to go when you unpack at the show. Use something soft, like toilet paper, to wrap around stirrups and bits to avoid damaging your models.

It`s a good idea to take a towel or blanket with you, as this can be used to lay on the table when you arrive at the show, and provides a soft base on which you will place your models when you unpack them.

You`ll need to carefully pack your models, wrapping each one individually to avoid them being damaged during transit to the show. There are lots of different methods you can use to pack your models, from bubble wrap and toilet paper to soft fabric and pockets. If you have a customised model, check with the artist as they may have recommendations so that you don`t damage the model`s finishwork.

Use wrapping material that works for you, and that you can quickly rewrap with at the end of the show. You might not have several hours after the show has finished to rewrap every model as perfectly as you did a week before.

Pack your models into large boxes, ready for transportation. Be sure to write your name and address on the outside of the box for ID purposes.