So I just started showing and I need a hat. My trainer says that even though I have black chaps I should get a tan hat because tan is more sophisticated and judges like it. Now I'm new to all of this so I don't know but wouldn't a black hat look better with black chaps. Does the color of your hat really matter to the judges?
That is old school Joe, that rule is now gone! While it's nice to have your hat match your chaps, it casts shadows on your face if you wear a dark hat. A light hat brightens & highlights your face. Posted via Mobile Device
Not gone, just people don't follow proper etiquette because they just don't know any better. Poor unwashed masses. Whatever happened to finishing schools ? Next thing you know people will be wearing black belts with silver buckles with brown boots.,
I think you should go with whatever you think looks snazziest on you and your horse, unless your goal is nationals! (In which case I'd listen to my trainer.) I ride with a black hat because I am silly pale and I typically brighten up my face with a fun, sophisticated shirt. Do what makes you feel rockin'!