What is a Newcomer?
Being a Newcomer isn't about having the most expensive or extensive collection of models.
It is more about the models you love. It is about getting involved, having fun, meeting people,
showing on a slightly less competitive scale and experiencing the model horse hobby.The judging criteria for newcomers shows is slightly different to that for 'open' entry shows in that:
a) It will be understood that some of the newcomers may be younger children showing toys astheir first models.b) Newcomers may have made their own tack and props and might not have as much experiencein doing so as people who have been involved for longer or who are older (see point a)c) Newcomers may be showing Original Finish or Factory Finish models such as Breyers,Magpies, Peter Stone, Schleich, Julip, Safari, MBH etc., or their own customs/part customsEg: Horses with added markings. Classes should be judged bearing in mind these factors.d) Not all newcomers are going to start out their showing 'career' with top notch models from awardwinning customisers. Judges of newcomers' classes should be aware of this and be sensitive whencommenting on models.Constructive advice may be given, for example suggestions of better classes for a horse to goin or perhaps guidance on tack and turnout. In fact, judges are encouraged to give guidance to theentrants in these classes once they have been judged and this should be taken as an opportunityto learn from those who have been through the experience of being a newcomer already.e) Models might not be Live Show Quality (LSQ) and condition of models in Newcomers' classesmay not be as exacting as 'open' classes.Newcomers are welcome to enter 'open' competitions but must be aware that higher standards ofcondition, customising and presentation are expected and that other competitors may be moreexperienced or even semi professional when it comes to customising, tack making etc.If a Newcomer's models are of an initial high standard they may be invited to leave theNewcomer's section early and compete wholly in the 'open' classes straight away, whichmakes it much fairer for all concerned.Newcomers are split into three main categories and one subcategory:A) Junior SectionYoung people of 16 years or under. This ends at the member's 17th birthday to roughly coincidewith the end of formal schooling in year 11 (year 12 in
Scotland)B) Senior SectionPeople of 17 years old and over (there is no upper limit) who are new to the model horse collectinghobby. These people may remain as Newcomers for 2 years unless they are deemed to be ofa standard able to compete in open classes evenly.C) ReturnersFormer active members who have taken a break of more than 5 years (eg, to go to college,have kids etc). The aim here is to allow them to get back up to speed and rejoin the main hobby.Subsection - Live Show Novices.Anyone of any age with any amount of experience who is attending a Live show for the first time.These people may wish to have help from a Mentor.
Please Note: Newcomer’s is not just geared towards the younger collector, don't be scared if
you want to join the hobby if you are an adult collector.
A Newcomer can be any age and can collect any type of model, from the cheapest to the most
elite models - the BECF are here to help you get the most out of your collection, this could be
Live showing, Photo Showing, customising, tackmaking, prop making, pedigree research or
Currently British model horse members range from under 10 to over 60!
BECF Newcomers Rep
My name is Kelly Savage and I am the Newcomers’ Rep for the BECF.
I am a model horse collector and I take my models to Live Shows several times a year. I chose the role of Newcomers’ Rep as in my own experience joining the hobby (in 2005) I found it quite difficult starting out with Live Shows; I didn’t understand the structure of the hobby and I wasn’t sure where to turn to find the information I needed, I was worried I might insult someone or make a fool of myself if I asked a very basic question. I needn’t have worried; the
My role as Newcomers Rep is to be a first point of contact for anyone who is keen, or just curious about joining in with this fascinating hobby. I am able to answer most basic questions and I can provide contact details for an expert in a more specific field should you have questions that I can’t help with. You can contact me at: BECFenquiries@yahoo.co.uk