Well I know I'm not going to be showing, but the bridle I'm using right now is my western one with a snaffle bit. I was just curious what you guys would recommond to beginners.
Just stick with your current bridle and make sure the bit is a REAL snaffle, one without shanks. You want an O or D ring if it's western, or you can slap any English bit on your western bridle. If you don't want the long split reins, get some 9-10' gaming reins or cotton roping reins. Or, just buy some English reins to go on your western bridle.
I used to use a western bridle and split reins with my English saddle all the time. The split reins are handy for training, or as impromptu side reins for lunging. Now I use an English bridle with all my saddles, western included
If you're going to buy an English bridle, do NOT buy a cheap one for $25-35. You WILL regret it. You're better off buying a good used bridle or forking out the $70-110 for a decent new one. If you don't end up sticking with English, you can re-sell it. Those cheap bridles work for some people, but they more often end up falling apart or just looking like crud really fast.