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.
Very lovely picture. However in Canada in an open show, you would be disqualifed. No neck reining with a snaffle, both hands on the reins.
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
I don't quite know what you mean? How would the judge know if you are new unless you said... Judge, this is my first show....?
DejaVu, how old is your horse. Very nice bay, my favvy color. If you make a mistake with the hoof black, oh well, no one will know, lol
He's my primary english horse, so he's not fully ready to go completely one handed in a curb yet for certain maneuvers (sidepassing, trotting leg yields). This show, allowed snaffles no matter the age, so I took full advantage of it.
Thank you for starting this thread!
I've been to several shows some very large with 20 horses, some local
Smaller shows and have watched a couple men place first on plain horses
With a simple white shirt and mismatched leathers! One guy was terribly
Dressed, his horse was white! Up against girls so decked out you could
Hardly look at them for the sparkle on 20K+ horses and he went first!
My trainer is 6'4 250+ who rides a 14.3 horse, dresses modestly no chaps
Or bling at all. BUT! She always goes 1st or 2nd because she is phenomenal!
Her horse is exceptional and you just can't take your eyes off him!
So thanks! I've been thinking about going the same route just for the fact
That I don't do sparkle! I'm more earthy, Dejavu I LOVE your look!