I am feeling so paranoid about this right now. Everywhere I look qhs at the circuit shows are being ridden in brown tack, however I switched over to black tack for my horse and will have to use the same tack for the mare that I will be showing english. Is black tack just uncommon, or is it super frowned upon?
The AQHA circuit is definitely a fad driven circuit as far as tack and dress but I've seen all colors and brands of tack out there. I think you'll be fine in black tack. Just keep it clean and present yourself well...
You should be fine in black tack, I looked up some pictures/results from congress and World in 2009 to see if there were any black tack goes and I foudn this: (couldn't find any world pics that were not fuzzy) 2009 AQHA Congress HUS Futurnity Open Finals (1st place)Horse: Skys Blue Eyes2009 AQHA Congress HUS Futurnity LTD Finals (1st-place)Horse:Skys Blue Eyes2009 AQHA Congress Youth HUS 12-14yrs Place: UnknownHorse: Looks like Sky, but Sky wasn't listed in the placings.2009 AQHA Congress Youth 12-14 Hunt Seat Eq Finals(It seems like darker leather to black is popular amoungs lighter horses)
It does seem there are some dark oil/black bridles out there but hard to tell with some of the saddles. Hope this helps There was a winner at congress with in the least a black bridle :P