Before I switched to Western (~25 years ago) I rode English. My wife loves to show the picture of me in my white britches, tall boots, and red shirt atop an all black 16.1 TWH exshow horse while on the trail and Dazzler in full showoff mode (of course that was not only many years ago, I was also 30 pounds lighter)!
Most of the riders I trail with are men and it can make for a competitive ride!
When I was growing up and in my teens (way before I met my wife), it was pretty much the same thing with me. Teens can be dumb. Many times it's because they can't ride and are afraid to be embarrassed by taking lessons. Let's face it, 90% or higher in most English barns, lessons are taken by girls and a guy doesn't like to be shown up.