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post #1 of 31 Old 09-13-2011, 10:28 PM Thread Starter
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All that fancy stuff for showing?

I've always wanted to show western, nothing big though. I've been told that to show western, you need those fancy silver saddles and tack. Do you really need all of that to show, even if it's local beginner stuff?
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post #2 of 31 Old 09-13-2011, 10:41 PM
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For a beginner at open local shows? Absolutely not! Clean horse, clean well fitting tack and clean pressed riding clothes is more than acceptable.
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post #3 of 31 Old 09-14-2011, 06:06 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks! But, doesn't it affect if you win or not? It makes the judges look at other people instead of you...
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post #4 of 31 Old 09-14-2011, 08:35 PM
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No it doesn't not. You are concerning yourself with upper levels, beginners are a different story. In fact the opposite might even be true, if you show up in high end gear, all blinged out, a judge might expect you to perform to that level.
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This is a pic of my daughter, my granddaughter & myself. If you showed up for beginning class sporting this outfit & horse outfitted with that tack, you better be able to ride to that standard.
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post #6 of 31 Old 09-14-2011, 08:43 PM
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Absolutely not! For 4-H shows around here, lots of people show in everyday, simple tack. Heck, I've won a Grand Champion two years running at fair in gaited classes with my plain black Wintec Western all-rounder!

Make sure your tack is clean and that you and your horse are turned out nicely. No respectable judge would pin a mediocre, fancily-clad horse over a solid, simply-dressed pair.

^^This is Lenox and I reining this year at fair. My saddle is nothing special, same goes with my bridle, but we were well-turned out and looked acceptable because everything was clean and tidy.

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post #7 of 31 Old 09-14-2011, 10:41 PM
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I have watched many local shows and can tell you that the fancy dressers don't win at local levels. We had several girls that used the local training shows to "practice" for the upper level APHA shows. They had blinged-out tack, fancy clothes, the works. Problem was, they treated it like a lower-level show and didn't ride their best. I don't think any one of them placed any higher than third (usually in classes of 6-8 riders). I remember one show this lady riding a mustang in her old well-cared-for (but somewhat beat-up) trail saddle and a bosal with mecates won. Why? Because they rode their best, plain and simple. They met the judge's expectation of what a WP horse and rider should be. The girls on their shiny, body clipped APHA mares with their silver-trimmed saddles and headstalls, and sparkly shirts came in 3rd, 4th and 6th, if I remember correctly.
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post #8 of 31 Old 09-21-2011, 05:24 PM
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Just make sure your jeans are clean and pressed, your shirt is clean and pressed, your horse is clean and well groomed and your tack is clean and fits properly. As a matter of fact, a lot of riders even in the bigger shows are wearing a solid colored shirt (Worthington brand from JC Penney) with a neck bling.
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post #9 of 31 Old 09-22-2011, 01:34 PM
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As a open show judge, a fancy silver saddle and great outfit might warrant a rider a look from the judge to start, but if the rider or horse performs poorly no amount of bling is going to make it a winning ride. When judging I rarely pay much attention to the tack unless it is filthy, poorly fitting, incomplete or incorrect for the class. What does really bug me though, is tack/handling that not appropriate/illegal for the class that the rider is in - ie two handing in a curb bit with barrel racing reins in a western pleasure class. Different shows/associations (4-H, AQHA, Pinto, etc.) may have different rules regarding tack. My suggestion would be to become familiar with the rules for whatever classes you would like to enter and make sure you have all of the required tack and know what is and is NOT allowed.
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post #10 of 31 Old 09-22-2011, 01:37 PM
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Originally Posted by Ridehorses99 View Post
Just make sure your jeans are clean and pressed,
Jeans get pressed, WOW even old people learn new things
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