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NAN Trophy Contest

Attention All Sculptors and Artists!

You have the chance to make your special piece of art the highlight of the North American Nationals.


This contest is conducted every two years. It determines the design of the trophy that will be presented to the Champions and Reserve Champions at the annual North American Nationals (NAN) show for two years. The NAN trophies are highly coveted awards for model horse showers. This contest has a prestigious history. The first trophy "head" was sculpted by the talented Sarah Minkiewicz. This sculpture was presented to the Champions and Reserves at the 1995 and 1996 NANs. Subsequent trophies (1997-2013) were designed by Carlee Balling, Kathi Bogucki, Sharon Fulcher, Sommer Prosser, Cynthia Kuerth, Laura Skillern, Sommer Prosser (again), Kristina Lucas Francis and Sheila Bishop.

By tradition, the new design is selected by the past designer. Thus, Sheila Bishop will judge the contest for the 2016/2017 contest.


Sculptors, remember that your piece must be no larger than 4.5 by 4.5 inches and no smaller than approximately 3 x 3.5 inches. It must fit on the plaque but not be dwarfed by it. Any submissions over the maximum dimensions will be disqualified.

The preferred style is is a relief type design. Your composition should be free of significant undercuts or other features that will make it difficult to cast, clean, and paint. The caster may disqualify a design if he/she feels it will be too difficult to reproduce in large numbers. Monochromatic (one-color) pieces with the artist's signature on the underside are preferred. Previously submitted pieces are welcome provided the design has not been used or sold for any other purpose. You may submit more than one design.

Along with your submission, please include sufficient funds and packaging for return of your piece should it not be selected (we recommend $8.00 per design, this can be provided via check made out to NAMHSA). NAMHSA is not responsible for submissions lost or damaged in the mail. The winner must agree to confer the copyright for the design to NAMHSA.

What the Winner Will Receive

In addition to the honor of being the NAN trophy sculptor for 2014 and 2015, the winner will also receive two cast copies of their artwork, a check for $250, and will judge the next trophy head contest in 2015. ALL submissions will be photographed and featured on the NAMHSA web site.

ALL submissions will be photographed and featured on the NAMHSA web site.

Last updated on September 23, 2013