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post #1 of 7 Old 01-22-2011, 02:31 AM Thread Starter
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"Dirty Horse" Show - Western Attire?

On a whim, I am going to a horse show next weekend! It's a "Dirty Horse" Show which the show pamphlet describes as, "Horses are not to be washed before the show (but brushed). No show clothes. Dress Warm. Boots and Helmets Required."

I really only have show clothes and scrubby schooling clothes!

For English, I'm pretty set with breeches, boots & half chaps, and a form-fitting, collared warm coat.

For Western...help! I am not at all a Western rider, so the few times I have shown western, I just wear black English breeches under full chaps with my black paddock boots. But for "no show clothes," can I not wear chaps? I think English breeches tucked into paddock boots will look silly. Should I just wear my half chaps? That may look silly for Western classes too. Do I need to buy black jeans? Or maybe just a pair of black slacks?

It's a very low-key 4H fundraiser show, but I'd rather look somewhat pulled together and appropriate. I'm almost 30 years old and my horse can get a little spunky/funky at shows--I'd rather not be THAT woman in THAT strange outfit with THAT horse!


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post #2 of 7 Old 01-22-2011, 12:51 PM
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I would think that plain chaps would be okay, especially if its something you would wear everyday if you were riding western on a regular basis. I translate that as for western they don't want the slinky shirt, and fancy spurs, or really nice silver show saddles, they want what you would be wearing while schooling your horse at home, including the not bathing the horse lol. It sounds like an awesome type of show to have honestly. Wish they did something like that here, may have to talk to a couple of the show people I know. So newyz back to what you would wear, I'd wear the chaps, but I would put on just a regular polo shirt with a jacket, or sweatshirt, not too baggy though. If you can stand to just wear plain jeans and ride western without the chaps, then I would do that, but if not, then wear the chaps. Definitely get some pictures and post them afterwards. Good luck.
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post #3 of 7 Old 01-22-2011, 01:17 PM
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I would think jeans and a long sleeve shirt would be just fine for western. They aren't judging on apparel. I am sure you have a pair of jeans you could wear.
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I have to say that is a really good idea for winter time horse shows. My daughter belongs to 4H and showing in PA during the winter you have to have an indoor to ride in let alone show!
For her fun show last year it was casuel dress, some members wore tshirts and jeans, but this was in June and pretty warm.

I would go with plain blue/black jeans for western and full chaps if you have them.

What kind of classes will you be doing? This sounds like a lot of fun , I know everyone around here is going crazy not being able to ride and today the weather is a wonderful 13 degrees!

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post #5 of 7 Old 01-22-2011, 02:06 PM
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We had those when I was in 4-h - called them "shaggy shows"

I always still used my show tack, but rode in plain jeans and a button up long sleeve, and chaps. And usually a winter coat

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post #6 of 7 Old 02-13-2011, 10:27 PM
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this is what i wear for stuff like that , Nice shirt , Nice straight jeans , Boots and a belt to match them . looks nice and its western ( to me ) I dont just wear white , i just post this pic because its my favorite . LOL

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post #7 of 7 Old 02-13-2011, 10:46 PM
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If you don't have a pair of either blue or black jeans, you can find a pair at almost any store for fairly cheap. Me, personally, I would not wear the chaps.

ETA: Oh, gosh. I didn't even notice that this thread was over a month old , oops. I guess said show is already over and done with.

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