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post #1 of 8 Old 04-27-2012, 06:39 PM Thread Starter
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New Need HELP!

I am going to start showing in HUS and EQ. I have always done western pleasure.. I need help putting together the outfit that wont scream newbie! I will be doing open shows and then the Buckskin World show. I have no idea how to dress.. not the slightest clue !


So here are my questions..

Do you wear a Navy Coat or a Black Coat?
Does the color shirt under your coat have to be white?
Do you have to buy some sort of tie?
What color pants? & What does full seat even mean?
Does the Helmet need to have a chin strap? Velvet?

I want to look up to date. not old school.. Also any suggestions on where to get some used clothing or a place to get good prices would be sooo helpful! Thanks yall!!!
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post #2 of 8 Old 04-27-2012, 07:03 PM
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I have NO CLUE about showing, but I know what full seat means so I can help you there. Instead of just having suede knee patches, full seat breeches have suede that goes all the way up from the inner knee across your whole butt. They give you better traction on the saddle. All helmets should have a chin strap...without one they wouldn't be very safe! So yes on the chin strap, too. I'll let some show-savvy people answer the rest :)

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So here are my questions..

Do you wear a Navy Coat or a Black Coat? Navy

Does the color shirt under your coat have to be white? No. Light pastel colors are OK on women. Men should wear white.

Do you have to buy some sort of tie? No. Women's shirts come with a choker collar and that is acceptable. Men should wear a stock tie with a hunt shirt or a dress shirt with white necktie.

What color pants? & What does full seat even mean? Breeches must be tan. Full seat breeches have leather/suede all across the seat and are not customary in hunter classes.

Does the Helmet need to have a chin strap? Velvet? Velvet is not necessary. Helmet most definitely needs to ASTM/SEI approved (and that includes a harness).
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Judging by the OP's avatar, I'm guessing she's doing Hunter under Saddle at a QH breed show, not a USEF hunter show.

So I would recommend you take advice from someone who does QH Hunters, or familiar with your local circuit. Conventions, fads and biases vary from circuit to circuit and venue to venue.

Navy, black, dark green and a variety of subtle pinstripes are all appropriate jacket colors, navy and black are more versatile.

I see plenty of men at shows in colored dress shirts on our local hunter circuit, and have never seen a stock tie on a man at a show unless it was something more formal, such as a derby of a classic.

Britches can be tan, or a variety of other colors and still be correct - the Tailored Sportsman greenish khaki is still predominant around here. Full seat britches are not really seen or appropriate for hunters.

But going as conservative as possible until you are more familiar with what's expected is excellent advice.

Good luck!
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post #5 of 8 Old 04-29-2012, 01:14 PM Thread Starter
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thank you!

Ok so I plan on going with:

khaki color for the pants. black coat. does it have to button up high? i have seen a bunch of jackets with different levels of buttons. A white shirt that has the high collar, no tie? .. black field boots. and a black helmet. does it have to have a strap? I have seen a bunch of HUS photos without them but the advice above states that I need one? I am doing QH and Buckskin shows.
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Ok so I plan on going with:

khaki color for the pants. black coat. does it have to button up high? i have seen a bunch of jackets with different levels of buttons. A white shirt that has the high collar, no tie? .. black field boots. and a black helmet. does it have to have a strap? I have seen a bunch of HUS photos without them but the advice above states that I need one? I am doing QH and Buckskin shows.
Khaki is alright, as long as it's not too green, there are so many different colors of breaches out there. A trip to you're local tack shop will give you an idea. Black coat is fine, hunter coats usually have 3 buttons, but top button tends to be about at the base of your sternum. White shirt is fine, hopefully it comes with a choker, a piece of material that you wrap around the high collar. For a little bit extra you can add a small pin in the center of the choker, adds some "bling" lol. As for you're helmet, you should check your rule book. If the show that you plan to attend says that it is run by AQHA rules then this applies:

Helmets are mandatory for all youth under 18 in fence classes and when schooling over fences. The AQHA does not require they be ASTM/SEI approved. Helmets are optional in all other classes at AQHA approved shows.

Now that doesn't mean that you shouldn't wear a helmet... I always ride with one, but that's personal opinion. :) So, if you are over 18, you can wear a hunt cap, which looks like a helmet, but has no strap. A side note: Make sure you're hair is tucked up under you're cap. It used to be the fashion to wear your hair in a little net and bow the stuck out at the base of you're neck, and is still cute for little children, but most people have their hair completely tucked under their helmet. The easiest way to do this is with two hair nets and a hair scrunchie. Put one hair net on, making sure to tuck away all the little hairs in front, then gather the excess hair net and the rest of your hair into a pony tail. Secure with scrunchie. Flip you head down and take the second hair net. Start at the base of the head and pull the hair net towards your forehead. Twist the extra at the front and tuck it in. With your head still bent over carefully put on you're hunt cap. The tighter you make it the better it will stay.

Hope that was helpful, and not too much
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Generally, you use the hunt caps (the ones without the strap) in all the flat classes. That'd be your Eq. and HUS.

For over fences, it's more appropriate to have a certified helmet with the strap.

I wear a Navy pinstriped coat, with either a baby blue, or light pink shirt. Tan plain breeches.
Full seat breeches are more of a schooling thing, so definitely not for show.

For O/F, the hair should be up in your helmet, for the flat, it can either be up, or down in a net.

A traditional hunter coat, does have three matching buttons, where they fall on you, that depends on how properly it fits you.

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Either coat is fine. And as others have said, your shirt doesn't have to be white.

No pins on the collar of your shirt.

The majority of people will be wearing a velvet hunt cap, meaning apparel item only. No chin strap. Your hair should be under the cap, no nets.

You should wear black gloves.
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