Overdressed for a schooling show?

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Overdressed for a schooling show?

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    12-13-2011, 01:06 AM
Overdressed for a schooling show?

Hopefully in January I will be able to enter my first show, schooling of course. I ride hunters but will only be competing on the flat for now. Another boarder who may also show with me went to check out a show this weekend to see how it is, and she said that pretty much everyone had a sloppy turnout. Unwashed saddle pads, polo shirts not tucked in, etc. Well now I'm worried that if I enter a show like this one I'll be overdressed and stick out. My instructor said I should buy a hunt coat, show shirt, etc. so I did. Would dressing in all the "fancy" show clothes (half chaps and not tall boots though) be inappropriate for a schooling show such as this one?
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    12-13-2011, 01:15 AM
Nope. Dressing appropriately shows respect for the judges, your coach and the hosting facility. Dress as your coach requests, you will not be the one sticking out, the people dressed slopily and in unwashed attire will.

Good luck and have fun!
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    12-13-2011, 01:33 AM
I 100% agree. Dress for Success. Doesnt matter the level of competition, always dress the best that you can. Have fun! ...and take lots of pictures!
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    12-13-2011, 01:47 AM
Thanks for the quick replies! That's what I thought too but I just wanted to make sure. =)
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    12-13-2011, 05:35 PM
I agree, and feel that you should dress well for a show (even a schooling show). It is about showing respect.
    12-13-2011, 07:50 PM
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I have ridden in a schooling show, 100% properly turned out, and competed against someone in pink half chaps. In reality, we both probably stood out, since we were at both ends of the "dress" charts.

A hunt coat and shirt would not be inappropriate, but neither would a dark grey/navy or black polo/long sleeve shirt and a vest, or a dark sweater over a light button down shirt.

In the end, it does come down to budget, and what you can afford, since you would have to go out and purchase these items.

Personally, I wouldn't wear half chaps with a hunt jacket...but that's me.
    12-29-2011, 03:28 PM
Definitely dress your best!

Do as your coach requests to show respect to all involved, but if you cannot afford a hunt coat at the moment, remember that a sweater over a turtleneck is also traditional and entirely acceptable - even in regular open shows. Just keep them in muted colors, tuck in the turtleneck, and remember to wear a belt and pin!
    12-29-2011, 03:41 PM
I would rather be the nicely turned out rider amonst a group of slobs than to blend in and look unkept like them. But that's me ;)

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