Friday, August 26, 2011

MEPSA 2011 Tack Contest

Thank you to all for voting! We had runaway favorites, and no wonder, they are from Braymere Saddlery, Jennifer Buxton. Jennifer is a periodic MEPSA shower, and long-time supporter! We had great other entrants, though, too- please scroll down to see the names.

Welcome to the 2011 MEPSA tack contest! We have entries for you to vote on here. Your entries, and your votes, help to support MEPSA Model Equine Photo Showing. We have just finished this year's Championship show, and everyone is excited about the great book and their prize boxes! We had lots of great donors and sponsors, and all of them are greatly appreciated!

On to the entries!

Saddle Division

1) Here is a side saddle set, ready for the show ring. Bridle with caveson and breastplate, saddle, and I think I even see a sandwich case! Braymere Saddlery- Jennifer Buxton
find Jennifer at-

2). This is a Stablemate size Western pleasure show saddle. It is heavily decorated with "silver" to show off your horse. The saddle is 100% handmade with a custom pattern, sculpted clay tree, silver cut from tin, and basketweave style carving. The saddle is sealed to protect the model and to create a light oil look. The girth is fully adjustable, there are buckles for a breast collar, and the fenders are treated with gum tragaganth so that the future owner can bend them into the needed positions. The girth is backed with chamois for softness and protection. The pad is made from soft, fake suede. This saddle was completed just this week and so will be a fresh new item in the show ring. It is most ideal for the G2 running thoroughbred and G2 trotting stock horse/appaloosa Breyers. It is signed and dated under the large skirt.”
BY: Kristen Williams
and a beauty it is! I love tacked up SMs, and I'd love to be able to buy this one myself, and support MEPSA doing it!

3. This is a medieval or RenFaire jousting costume with a fleur-de-lis design. It has the two piece caparison, pillowed chamois saddle, under pad, and removable head armor for the horse. It is mostly lined with chamois leather. This one is mine! It was fun to make. I'm always happy to support MEPSA any way I can, because showing with MEPSA is great! Laurel Dedes

Bridle Division

1.) This is a turquoise zebra striped western bridle with brow band for pleasure or gaming. I will come with 2 sets of reins--split and closed. The features are:
made of hand dyed dark brown (almost black) leather (not lace), stitched marked; silver buckles with keepers, throat latch, western curb bit with curb chain, woven (not braided) turquoise/white reins with silver accent and tassel ends, inlaid turquoise zebra pattern on brow band and cheek pieces with turquoise medallions with silver accents.
BY: Mary Butler reach her at:

2.) Here is a red endurance type bridle

By: Danielle Seivers of Australia! Contact her at

3.) A two ear show bridle in heavily decorated leather
Braymere Saddlery- Jennifer Buxton

4) An English leather snaffle bridle with a braided rein.
By: Gin McDaniels

5) A red "nylon" stable halter

By: Mya Lehto. Mya can be found on MH$P as M.Lehto and her email is

6) Western saddle pad with southwestern design
By: Mary Lineman,
another multi-talented MEPSA shower and supporter!

Thursday, June 30, 2011

Championship show underway!

The big Championship show for 2010/11 is underway! Carolyn Bailey has taken a photo of a sample of the prizes available to win for MEPSA showers. A veritable embarrassment of riches, I'd say! Thank you to all of our supporters, and good luck to all our entrants!

If you are not at this year's show, visit MEPSA's website at to get your entries ready for the first show of the new season. Nothing to join, no registrations needed, just start showing.

Sunday, June 12, 2011

MEPSA Tackmaking contest

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MEPSA is holding a model horse tackmaking contest as a MEPSA Benefit. This contest is open to ALL. Winner will be decided by popular vote. Voting will be open to ALL. One person = one vote. Voting will be done on the modelequines blog at You do not have to join any group in order to vote. This is a great way to get your work shown to a potentially huge audience, win a great award, and help MEPSA put on a terrific Championship show.

Contest Rules

1) All tack must have been made by the entrant. All major parts of any sets must have been made by the entrant. For example, you may not make a saddle pad, and enter someone else's saddle with your saddle pad as an entry. However, if the saddle is your work, a saddle pad made by someone else (and noted) may be included as part of one entry. The tack may be previously made, or made especially for this contest. Your identity, as tackmaker, should be kept under wraps until the voting is over. Please don’t tell everyone which entry is yours. Guessing is part of the fun!

2) Tackmaker may enter any type tack (Western, English, Native costume, historical, circus, other) in any scale, and the tack may be anything, ranging from a halter and lead set to a complete set with saddle. We will have two divisions- Division A for an entry including a saddle or vehicle, and Division B for entries not including a saddle or vehicle. You may enter one entry in each division if you wish.

3) All finished tack may have a clear digital or scanned photo of each side, on a model, sent in to MEPSA- Carolyn Bailey- - at MEPSA can do the photographs for you if needed, when we get the tack.

4) ALL entered tack becomes property of MEPSA to raise funds or use as Championship show awards. This is a MEPSA Benefit contest. Tackmaker must send the finished tack to MEPSA upon completion- Carolyn Bailey, 971 Trailside Ln, Bartlett, IL 60103-5159- at their own expense. There is no other fee to enter.

5) Winner of Division A- saddle or vehicle included- will be awarded a certificate for a free custom rider doll from the super talented Joan Yount of O-U-Doll Studio. Check her site at : OR a gift certificate for a Herden calf from Carol Herden of C.O.W.S! Your choice.

6) Winner of Division B (entry without saddle) will receive the prize not chosen by the Division A winner, or a NIB Breyer model, winner's choice.

7) The contest will be publicized heavily on the Internet and in model horse groups. Please help spread the word!

8) Deadline for producing your tack and entering it is August 15th, 2011. Voting will take place at the end of August or the beginning of September. We will accept entries from now until August 15th.

9) MEPSA appreciates an intent to enter statement as soon as you determine that you will enter, sent to Laurel Dedes- This is not binding, but will give us an idea how many entries to expect.

Thank you! Please help support model horse photo showing by entering!

Results of last contest

There were nine great entries for the Prop contest, ranging from an adorable Stablemate scale barrel prop and a diorama style log jump, to a Trail and Game set, and a intricate castle jump in Traditional scale. The winner of the contest was the Trail and Game set, made by Laurel Dedes. As a MEPSA officer, Laurel donated the prize back to MEPSA to award in the Championship. Other entrants were Margaret Harris- Red Oak Ranch; Carolyn Bailey; Christine Lewis- Wild Winds Tack And Props, WY,; Elizabeth Jones; Tonia Stouder; and Karen Dietrich, KL Keepsakes

You can see photos of the entries at:

A huge thanks to our entrant supporters!

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

OOPS- One more prop entry!

9. Mini size barrel set- Karen Dietrich- KL Keepsakes

This set comes with the following:
Mepsa sm sized barrel
2 hand made sm size cones.
floating dust
Small canister of "dirt" to match ultra suede
Piece of Ultra Suede.
3x 5 printed card explaining pattern for live showing

MEPSA Prop Contest!

Below are the names of the propmakers for the contest. These lovely props will become MEPSA prizes.

Finally- the MEPSA prop contest! I apologize for the delay- getting our house sales ready and the holiday held me up. But here we present the entries:

1. Jump with red urns- Tonia Stouder-

2. Purple flower pots- Carolyn Bailey

3. Wooden red and green jump- Christine Lewis- Wild Winds Tack And Props, WY

4. Stablemate scale jump- Margaret Harris- Red Oak Ranch

5. Red flower pots- Carolyn Bailey

6. Blue Urn flowerpots- Tonia Stouder

7. Trail and Game props- Laurel Dedes

8. Traditional scale jump- Elizabeth Jones

THANK YOU to all our entrants! We really appreciate it! Please vote one time only for your favorite entry. You may change your vote anytime until the contest ends, five days from today (Monday, May 2nd).