Thursday, September 24, 2009

What is Live Show Quality?

Pronounced L-S-Q (you will rarely hear someone say live-show-quality) this term has been used so frequently and stretched so far from it original meaning, that it’s surprising it’s still used at all.

On the low end, it’s a meaningless marketing term thrown into every ad on MH$Ps. On the high end, it means 100% certified quality: stick it on the table and watch the ribbons roll in.

A few years ago, the incomparable Sarah Minkiewicz-Breunig wrote a very thorough definition of what the term means to her. She is describing the pinnacle of realism and the ideal artists strive for:

Live Show Quality Guidelines

It's a great article and well worth the read. I don’t agree with all of her opinions on conformation, but this is a good example of the varied and contrasting opinions you will encounter in the world of live showing.

This is your reading assignment for the weekend. There won’t be a pop quiz on Monday, but I’d like talk more about workmanship next week and this article is a good starting point.


  1. Laura- I can't tell you how helpful your blog has been to me. I'm just getting to the point of considering showing, having been a spectator at about 8-10 shows, and I'm such a "newbie" it's not funny. I'm getting so much out of your blog, and hope it will make me a better shower if (when) I eventually jump in. Thanks!

  2. Thank you so much! :) I've enjoyed writing the blog.


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