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    09-08-2013, 08:33 PM
Proper Attire for Western Judge

My girlfriend is a carded judge and has always been told she needs to wear pants and a jacket. She would like to wear a full, boot length western style skirt instead. Next year this is going to be asked at a judge's meeting for input.

Does anyone have any experience with this? It's AQHA and WHA(?) rules in Ontario.
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    09-08-2013, 08:53 PM
Not a western judge, but, as far as I know there aren't any dress rules for judges (but check the rules anyways). For me (dressage judge) basically business casual seems to work well. Mid-long skirts, pants, even knee length shorts work well. And when it's hot many will end up in a nice v neck tee or other work appropriate shirt, no jacket. Basically if I would wear it to the office, I consider it OK for a judge at a show. Many FEI (international) judges dress much the same, and we've had some in jeans in recent years!!
    09-08-2013, 09:26 PM
I have seen one older woman judge, Equine Canadian approved show, wear a longer western skirt and a blazer and cowboy hat.
    09-09-2013, 04:55 PM
Thanks. We are thinking as well that there aren't any actual rules for the judges' attire. I guess the winter/spring meeting will be more informative.
    09-14-2013, 10:27 PM
If she is carded with AQHA, she would need to speak to Alex Ross about it. In the AQHA handbook, it does state that a judge is to wear western attire including boots and hat. (There's an exception for English special events.)

As an exhibitor, I don't find a long skirt appropriate in the AQHA ring. I think that a suit is a much more professional and authoritative look.
    09-15-2013, 10:49 AM
Thank you. I'll run that name by her.

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