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post #1 of 8 Old 05-13-2013, 03:19 PM Thread Starter
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Western Hats

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?
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post #2 of 8 Old 05-13-2013, 03:28 PM
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depends on the season. White from memorial day to labor day, black from labor day to memorial day. And never where white straw after labor day, thats just uncouth.
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post #3 of 8 Old 05-13-2013, 04:57 PM
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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.
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post #4 of 8 Old 05-13-2013, 05:05 PM
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If us 40 plus group see this thread... you in trouble.

My best hat. (I have a show hat too but THIS is what I like.)

I know... no help at all.
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post #5 of 8 Old 05-13-2013, 06:11 PM
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Not tan, probably vanilla or a sand hat.

^ it goes with anything.

Personally I hate mixing black and brown.

I have two hats - a black felt and a vanilla felt. They go with anything and any season.

My next hat splurge is going to be a black/white straw hat.

Don't forget to get your hat shaped appropriately for your event. There is nothing more telling of a novice than a flat brim.

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post #6 of 8 Old 05-13-2013, 07:17 PM
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not gone, just people dont follow proper etiquette because they just dont 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.,
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post #7 of 8 Old 05-14-2013, 12:40 AM
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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'!
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post #8 of 8 Old 05-18-2013, 04:37 PM
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What color is your shirt?

If nothing matches, or you have three different/distinct colors going on, it is going to break up your silhouette.
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