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post #1 of 11 Old 06-18-2011, 08:08 PM Thread Starter
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Make up and horse shows?

I'm doing these classes this next Sunday:

W/T English Equitation
W/T English Pleasure
English Pleasure Open
English Country Pleasure
W/T Hunter Hack

The last time I showed I never wore a drop of make up, even on the average school day. So I didn't even think about it.

But now I'm older and wear eye liner and mascara. Does it look bad to wear these two things at a show? I'm not talking like goth make up either, like a thin line of eye liner and subtle mascara.

What do you think? Does it matter? If the judge notices it and has nothing else to judge upon will they dock you?

I'm super nervous for this upcoming show as I'm competing in more competitive classes then I have before so I'm trying to make everything perfect. Haha!

(by the way I hope this isn't a weird or juvenile question, because it kinda sounds it!)

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post #2 of 11 Old 06-18-2011, 08:24 PM
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Actually people put on full war paint at horse shows. That's part of the full turn out you know? You want your hair up and neat, your clothes pressed and cleaned, your horse shined and polished and you put your lipstick and eye shadow on....

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post #3 of 11 Old 06-18-2011, 09:00 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks for the help Farmpony! I don't know about war paint, but I'll probably wear some

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Shows are about the only time I wear anything other than mascara!

Its just part of the polish. We doll up our horses, why shouldn't we? :)
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post #5 of 11 Old 06-18-2011, 09:57 PM Thread Starter
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Haha, you are right MH! (may I call you that? )

We deserve to look cute too

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I agree and if your indoor add it a little more than usual cause the lights wash you out and make you look pale and silky. You want to look bright and glowing.

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Haha, you are right MH! (may I call you that? )
Yes

All joking aside, here's my take from the judge's perspective. I judge quite a bit, mainly 4-H & open shows. When you take the time to look nice yourself it definitely goes a long way. Especially in Showmanship, Horsemanship/Equitation. Even if you aren't a fan of makeup (I'm not particularly) you don't want to walk in the ring looking like you just woke up. You should be as clean & polished as your horse.

Good tip about being indoors and lighting. In that situation it's almost like doing stage makeup.

Good luck at your show!

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post #8 of 11 Old 06-19-2011, 03:25 PM Thread Starter
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My show is all indoor (us Californians are too cheap to build indoor riding areas when it's California ) but thanks for the tip! If/when I show in an indoor riding arena I'll totally go all out! Haha!

Good thing I can call you that, MH I totally see what you're saying. Especially in classes that are based off of the rider (ie equitation) because it really does make a prettier picture.

Thanks for the help everyone, I really thought this was sort of a ridiculous question!

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You're welcome. Not a ridiculous question at all! My gpa told me a million times "the only stupid question is the one you don't ask".

Hope you kick butt at your show! Please share pics with us after :)
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No question is ridiculous if you are sencier with it. Have fun.

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