Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Southwestern Ontario, Canada
• Horses: 0
Sleeved* Then* Sorry about the spelling errors.
I would have worn my show coat, but considering I had to scrape my car windows that morning, I thought it was going to be colder then it turned out to be...so I was going to wear a layers. By the time it got around my time to ride, it was warm enough for just the long sleeve shirt.
I also am a turn out freak, but weather and money win out sometimes. If its going to be cold, I'm going to wear warm clothes. If I couldn't afford to purchase a show coat and shirt at this time, going neat and clean in a polo is just as good.
Yes, it does show respect, but a schooling show is not about the ribbon you could get if you are "better turned out". Its about schooling you or the horse around courses and under stress, and trying to fix problems before moving up a level, or before trying rated shows.
Honestly OP, if you can't afford a show jacket and shirt right now, then don't stress yourself out about finding ones you can afford. Dress neatly, be tidy, and be clean. Tuck in your polo to clean breeches, wear a belt, have your hair done up in a hair net, wear gloves, and ride an impeccably groomed horse.
When, and if you decide to keep showing, then go out and purchase your show jacket and shirt.
It is impossible for a man to learn what he thinks he already knows. --Epictetus