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    10-31-2011, 09:24 PM
You need a show shirt, hunt coat (not black - navy or hunter green), breeches and tall boots.

If you can not afford them new - go shopping, figure out what looks right and fits right, then look for the items for sale used.

Remember that turnout matters - if two horses/riders are tied, most judges will give the higher placing to the horse and rider that are turned out more professionally.
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    11-01-2011, 04:34 AM
Green Broke

Regarding placing a "better dressed" rider higher, is not always true.

My barn is having a schooling show series, and one lady has been riding in jeans and half chaps. She placed above people wearing show jackets, in two of the shows so far, in 3 classes the first show (15 riders) and 4 classes in the second show (18 riders).

I also placed above those wearing a show jacket, as I had been wearing a long sleever black top, since the weather was supposed to be cool.

Its a SCHOOLING show, not the A circuit.

Clean and neat in a polo is better the sloppy in a hunt coat and show shirt and vice versa.
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    11-01-2011, 11:17 AM
Personally I always wear a hunt coat, even at a schooling show. I am a turn out nazi. Plus is shows respect to the judge and shows them you are serious about being there. Being poorly turned out can be distracting to a judge's eye and draw negative attention.
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    11-01-2011, 03:51 PM
Green Broke
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.
    11-02-2011, 02:27 PM
Alright so I wouldn't need a hunt coat right away? I likely would get one soonish though, I feel the same as you guys about turn out. Even if I am just schooling at home I still like to look nice. Imho I feel like it makes me ride better? Maybe that sounds extremely silly, but if I wore holy jeans out to the barn and a baggy top I would honestly feel like I was doing poorly. And I don't at all mean that in a rude way, I am well aware that people ride in jeans or sweats every day, just a personal preference.

Also, what are some of your favorite brands for hunt coats or polos/show shirts?

(btw, I LOOOVEE horseloverz =D)
    11-02-2011, 03:05 PM
I have an RJ Classic coat in charcoal and an Ariat coat in navy, both are wonderful coats but can be a little pricey. The most important thing is that it fits you well.
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    11-02-2011, 03:07 PM
Green Broke
I have an RJ Classics jacket and shirt. I happened to get them at an "outlet" equestrian store, so for the two, it was approximately $300 (CDN).

Jackets will most likely end up being a personal preference, just like breeches are. They are not going to fit anyone the same way, nor are cut the same from brand to brand, style to style.

Like CC said, it is best that they fit, so trying on different brands is a good idea.
    11-04-2011, 01:25 PM
I'll probably head over to our nearest greenhawk when I've got some time to kill in traffic If I like what I try on there I suppose I could always order the same thing off ebay for a bit less?

& thanks for the help!

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