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  • HUNTER SHOW REQUIRED ATTIRE
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    02-25-2012, 04:09 PM
  #11
Weanling
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Originally Posted by AlexS    
Why do you say that?
White breeches are only to be worn in the dressage ring, a hunter or jumper classic, or in the grand prix ring. I also believe if you hold a certain position in a hunt club it is acceptable but I am not entirely sure so don't quote me on it. It is all based on tradition and what is considered appropriate attire.
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    02-25-2012, 04:19 PM
  #12
Showing
To add to what has been said, shirts can be white, striped, or a light pastel color. Personally, I think white or white with navy stripes look best.

Your horse should have a dark-colored leather bridle with a regular noseband. Braided reins are preferable, but rubber will be acceptable as well as long as it's a conservative color. Hunt saddle, dark-colored girth (preferably leather), and a shaped saddle pad. At 4-H shows around here, everyone uses number pads like these. I'm not sure if that's true for other 4-H counties or not:
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    03-01-2012, 06:14 PM
  #13
Weanling
You will probably be able to wear Paddock Boots with half chaps instead of investing in the tall boots. Ask your 4 H leader, but it could save you money unless you already own the tall boots.
     
    03-01-2012, 06:58 PM
  #14
Banned
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Originally Posted by countercanter    
I also believe if you hold a certain position in a hunt club it is acceptable but I am not entirely sure so don't quote me on it.
Hunting turnout nazi alert

In the strictest sense of the word, white breeches should only be worn by ladies and gentlemen under the following conditions:

1) When wearing a back frock coat regardless of whether or not colors have been earned.

2) When wearing a scarlet frock coat. Scarlet frock coats are to be worn only by gentlemen who have earned their colors, and by ladies who are Masters of the hunt or hunt staff (field leaders or whippers in).

When white breeches are proper, boot tops are also proper. Tan boot tops are proper for gentlemen wearing white breeches regardless of coat color and for ladies entitled to wear scarlet. Ladies wearing white breeches and a black frock are entitled to wear patent leather tops.

One more thing, full seat breeches are never proper in the field.
     
    03-01-2012, 10:46 PM
  #15
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While that saddle pad may be acceptable in 4H, it is not acceptable in rated hunter shows, nor out fox hunting for real. Only fitted saddle pads that follow the outline of the saddle are correct.

And those boots are in a sorry state. They need some serious elbow grease to make them look like this:

     
    03-01-2012, 10:53 PM
  #16
Showing
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Originally Posted by mildot    

While that saddle pad may be acceptable in 4H, it is not acceptable in rated hunter shows, nor out fox hunting for real. Only fitted saddle pads that follow the outline of the saddle are correct.
Yes, but as the OP is showing 4-H, I posted this as an example of what all the 4-Hers around here use.
     
    03-01-2012, 11:14 PM
  #17
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Originally Posted by equiniphile    
Yes, but as the OP is showing 4-H, I posted this as an example of what all the 4-Hers around here use.
Got it.

Do people use them because you have to have a number in that spot? Or is it just custom?

I prefer to buy tack that I can use in more than one occasion so my choice is the fitted pad. If I have to wear a number I'll clip it to the bridle like dressage riders do.
     
    03-02-2012, 03:14 PM
  #18
Yearling
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Originally Posted by mildot    
Got it.

Do people use them because you have to have a number in that spot? Or is it just custom?

I prefer to buy tack that I can use in more than one occasion so my choice is the fitted pad. If I have to wear a number I'll clip it to the bridle like dressage riders do.
They came into style awhile ago as just one of those "new" fad things and were conceived from the square dressage pads, but have stuck around. As far as I know, numbers aren't REQUIRED to be on the sides. Some judges like it, some don't. I've never heard of any specific rules either way, but it's always a good idea to ask when you register for your classes.

From experience having the numbers on the side of the pad work wonders on saving your clothes!! Putting the numbers on your back with safety pins, or even number pins breaks the threads of the material and can cause holes. Especially, if there's even the slightest breeze. Another thing I don't like about number on backs is they tend to make your back look like it's bending in a way that it's really not. Having side numbers eliminates that. Another bonus is if you have multiple wardrobe/tack changes, you just slide that sucker in there and away you go.

As for the bridle numbers, I've never really seen them outside of the dressage/eventing arena, and probably would be discouraged by 4-H.

For the OP, a fitted pad for 4-H works great and is more cost effective, as they tend to cost less than the "square" pads. But the backs may have a tendency to slide to one side or the other, so you just need to keep an eye on that.

As for attire, being in 4-H, the judges really aren't supposed to judge you on the quality and fit of your clothes. As long as you have the basics (or any attempt at) you should be good. Basics from head to toe are black field or dress boots (and YES the el cheapo ones are perfectly exceptible for 4-H), breeches (like others said grey or tan is best), if $$ is a big issue, I have seen kids wear cotton leggings in the appropriate colors. A collored shirt (sometimes you can find an old tuxedo shirt at a thrift store and that will work just fine), some type of pin at your neck (look in catalogs for ideas, then hit the thrift stores!), and yes ideally a proper hunt coat is what you want, but if it's way out of your budget, then any sport coat that fits you and reaches the bottom of yuor butt cheeks will work. If it's to baggy you can use LOTS of safety pins (or sew) to bring in the sides. And a hard hat is a MUST. Black is ideal, but you can use a black cover if you have a colored helmet. I have seen kids with hot pink ones win in 4-H shows. Gloves are not a requirement but they do tie the whole thing together.

Look at magazines and catalogs for what the "ideal" look is, and then do your best to re-create it. It doesn't have to be perfect at this point. 4-H is about learning how to care for horses and horsemanship, not what clothes you wear. They want you to get as close as you can afford, as long as you are showing that you understand what is ideal and are doing the best you can to achieve that, they are happy.
     
    03-02-2012, 03:29 PM
  #19
Showing
Quote:
Originally Posted by mildot    
Got it.

Do people use them because you have to have a number in that spot? Or is it just custom?

I prefer to buy tack that I can use in more than one occasion so my choice is the fitted pad. If I have to wear a number I'll clip it to the bridle like dressage riders do.
It's just custom, I guess. The first year I showed 4-H, I stuck out like a sore thumb in my fitted pad with my number on my back. The only time I use that pad is for 4-H shows; I use a fitted one for hunters.
     

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