in-hand showing of the unregistered weanling, and a rego question
Sooo, I'm looking into the possibility of showing my foal in-hand as something to do with her until the time comes to start her under saddle. Easier to be patient if you're getting her out and about to shows after all :)
Her presentation isn't something I'm particularly worried about - I know how to present an unregistered horse, here it's usually all plaited and fancy with a quarter mark and trimmed up like a proper show horse (though I'm probably going to leave her natural until the year before I have her started at the earliest) - I'm just not sure about ME.
Am I allowed to wear riding gear? Assume I'm going to be riding my adult horse on the same day in a ridden class - my local agricultural show runs showjumping and breed showing on the second day of the show, and showjumping and ridden showing on the first, and I would be going both days. Day one, with my big fellow, and my foal to let her get used to the atmosphere, and then day two, both again - big fellow in the jumping, foal in the breed classes.
My outfit options are a) navy hacking jacket, cream jods, white show shirt, tie to match browbands (can change a tie easy), black gloves, black riding boots & black leather half-chaps, or b) nice dress jacket, dress pants, black shoes, black gloves and a nice hat.
My current (serviceable) dress pants are black with silver pinstripe. I can pick up plain black quite cheap at the op shop but I love my pinstripe ones, they are gorgeous and BONUS, less ironing!
I think most people who're showing foals don't show in riding gear, from what I've seen, but is it acceptable to wear riding gear? It's easier for me if I'm riding on the same day but if it's not as correct then there's not a lot I can do about that. You can be kicked out of your class if you're not presented correctly.
I should be asking a more area-specific forum but last time I tried that I didn't get very many constructive responses.
She will be in a leather in-hand show halter with a fancy ribbon browband - I figure if I'm making the effort with her I might as well be presented too.