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    09-22-2011, 03:52 PM
In local shows, no. You want to look good. But you don't need to look great. As long as your tack is clean and fits. Same for your clothing.

These are two of the girls in my riding instructors show teams. Not much bling. But they look good. Her show team likes to colour coordinate (cant spell for the life of me so I hope you know what I mean if I spelt that wrong lol) and I love the way it looks when they do. But its not needed. I have seen people show in a nice shirt and clean jeans and they place as well as they deserve to place.

Look good. But have fun!
And I agree, look into what equipment may be needed for what your entering in.

**after posting I realize the picture uploaded twice! But I can't seem to get rid of the 2nd one. Sorry**
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    09-24-2011, 09:43 AM
Originally Posted by equiniphile    

^^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.
^This is really a perfect example of what I would look for in the turnout of a well-prepared local-level show entry. The saddle and bridle are clean, match, appropriate for the division (i.e., no functional barrel tack in pleasure!), and most importantly well fitted to the horse and rider. The rider has coordinated her clothing with the saddle pad, making for a harmonious overall effect. Little details make a big impression: Her boots and chaps are the same color as her pants, her hair is well contained, without flyaways or loose hair to distract the eye, and her top is a good fit. These sort of details can definitely be pulled together without breaking the bank.

You definitely don't need to have a saddle that oozes silver or a custom sequined outfit for each class. What is more important is that your clothes and tack are clean, well fitting, and appropriate to the class. If you have that, it will allow the judge to better focus on your hard work and ability rather than your wardrobe. And, most importantly, have fun!!
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    09-25-2011, 05:53 PM
By no means is it a must!!

I saw a rider at Paint World, that had a simple saddle, with no silver on it, and a really nice clean shirt, and matching chaps. No bling!! And to my knowledge, placed quite well.
If your good, and do the class calmly and neatly no amount of bling will win you the class.

I wear all the bling and a silver plated saddle, but only because I got lucky with a trainer who's my size, and gave me a bunch of her old show stuff from her 4-H years. Plus, I think it's fun.

At the show yesterday, I decided to not show in all the sparkly stuff for once, and wore a nice olive-ish color button down, black pants and chaps. I showed in my schooling bridle which isn't decked out in silver, and we still won our classes.

I had a long talk with the judge afterwards, about his opinions and how he judges. He said as long as you've got your patterns right, everything clean and neat, smooth, and correct, that's what will get you the better placings. Not the glitter. I just show locally at the moment, and honestly I wear the glittery stuff because I had access to it for a good price, and it's fun. But it's not required to do well, and if you get judged otherwise, that judge needs to rethink some things.

Edit: Sorry the pictures so huge.
    09-25-2011, 06:58 PM
Originally Posted by equiniphile    
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.
Lol did you lose your stirrup??
    09-25-2011, 09:46 PM
Originally Posted by Eliz    
Lol did you lose your stirrup??
I was waiting for someone to notice that . Yep, I lost it and was looking down trying to find it again.
    09-26-2011, 11:46 PM
Lol good thing I didn't even recognize the fact that you were looking down.

There is something wrong with the way I prioritize things.
    09-27-2011, 12:23 AM
I show at open shows for beginners and riding clubs and pony clubs etc. and some people still have the horses and tack to go to state. I built my wardrobe slooooowly start out with a cheap pair of chaps and a sparkly plaid shirt that's what I got. And the tack doesn't matter. I like to have silvery not because the judge might notice it but because I just like shiny stuff that sparkles haha but yea any decent judge can look past all the bling and such and will be able to see the real rider and real horse underneath. It never hurts to have that stuff so try to find some cheap stuff and tack sales of horse expos. My show shirt (in my profile pic) I had to save for a little bit cost me 110. Not bad but still had to beg a little out of the parents haha

(got my chaps that were custom made w/ hand tooled leather for $50 at a tack sale that cost the girl $300. Totally made my week and show season)
    09-27-2011, 12:55 PM
Thank you guys so much!! Yep, all I want to do is show locally, nothing big. I've never shown before and so its always been a dream to show (even once). Do you need chaps or is that just extra? The saddle I have is a fabtron, no bling on it. Thanks again for the info!
    09-27-2011, 03:27 PM
One MORE thought--Judges usually will not pin people/horses that are new, bc they don't know whether this is a lark for you, or you are really serious about showing. Just FYI, in the case that you and your horse do a better job than the rest of the field, first time out, but somebody else gets the ribbon. Don't be discouraged! =D
    09-27-2011, 03:49 PM
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Originally Posted by DejaVu    
I saw a rider at Paint World, that had a simple saddle, with no silver on it, and a really nice clean shirt, and matching chaps. No bling!! And to my knowledge, placed quite well.
If your good, and do the class calmly and neatly no amount of bling will win you the class.
Very true! The men don't usually wear the bling shirts, just a pressed shirt and tie. They may or may not have silver saddles, but the good ones place well...bling or no bling!

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