^^when I was in pony club I never even schooled in half chaps ! Its seems crazy now, my tall boot wore out so fast
I tried the 1/2 chap thing at the barn I was a working student at - hated them. People said that they were more convenient, but I found them to be more of a hassle.
Sit down, put on the paddock boots, lace them up. Then fudge with getting the 1/2 chap elastic under my boot and then snug enough to zip up around my calves - it was a work out for me.
I went back to my tall boots. I have tall boots with zippers, so all I have to do is slide my foot in, zip, and be on my way. So much more convenient.
Now that I am at the new barn, where it is primarily hunters - EVERYONE and I mean EVERYONE ride in 1/2 chaps, paddoc boots - and jeans. *gag*
The DQ and myself, are the only one's who ride in Breeches/Tights and tall boots.
It was funny when the Olympic Clinitian came in and we had to wear a dress code. Everyone was "What is a dress code?" and I already knew I was going to wear, what I wear everyday when I ride. It was a big change for the rest of them who rode in the clinic, except for me.
It was my upbringing though, Pony Club was very stict with Dress Code and Boots and all Attire that goes with it.
Two different worlds, two different styles of riding clothes.