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    08-13-2012, 08:23 PM
Showing in non matching tack with bleached pony?

I'm not really sure what to do about this so here goes.....

I just got a new saddle about a week and a half ago because mine didn't fit my pony anymore. It's REALLY light brown. Super, super light. My other saddle was really dark brown, so my stirrup leathers and bridle are dark brown. Usually I event, but this weekend my coach wanted us to go to a hunter show. So I was wondering if you are placed lower in classes because of non matching tack??

One more...

My pony is jet black in the winter before she sheds, but realllllllyyy bleaches in the summer. She is now near the color of a dun. The only problem is that her coat is bleached very unevenly, she is dun colored in one place then dark bay in another. Would I get placed lower because of my pony's coat?
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    08-13-2012, 08:27 PM
It really depends where you show. If you're going to a schooling show or a laid back local show, I'm sure non matching tack would be fine. I've been showing at local shows this summer with a light brown saddle and black bridle and I don't think it mattered cause I won/placed in all my classes.
    08-13-2012, 08:35 PM
Wow! Good job!! I'm only going to a local, so hopefully it won't matter. :)
    08-14-2012, 09:39 PM
My bridle is currently a havanna type colour and my saddle is Tekna brown. (I don't know how to explain it) Local shows don't really care too much for matching tack.
    08-14-2012, 09:46 PM
Doesn't matter one iota at a local open show.
    08-18-2012, 12:09 AM
I've even seen people at BIG hunter/jumper shows (grand prix classes and all that jazz) and in the hunter classes, lots of people had tack that didn't match. Usually their saddle was an oakbark color with a havana bridle.
    08-21-2012, 08:31 AM
You have to remember it is your performance which is being judged. If you go in and show over fences and you get all your 'spots', jump clean and leave the rails up you will be ahead of a person who refuses, has a rail or wrong lead.

First and formost it is your performance which dictates your placing.

If, however, there are two rounds of similar quality, excellent form, correct striding, the tie breaker will most likely be on turnout.

The judge makes a decision on a rider as they step into the ring. Their first impression is important. If you look like a winner and you should be there then the judge will judge you accordingly. If you look, act and display yourself as if you just hauled your horse out of the back 40 on a lark, it will show through and the judge will notice it.

As far as mismatched tack goes... It is of little consequence. I, as a Sr. Hunter Jumper Judge, don't really notice the colour of saddles or bridles. I notice, flapping straps on cheek pieces, stirrup leathers dangling, kimberwicks (i hate), poorly fitted helmets(unsafe) and people wearing jackets over a polo shirt (get a riding blouse with a collar/ratcatcher).

Check out Does TurnOut Matter?
    08-23-2012, 01:44 PM
Thank you so much for your feedback everyone! And that article is super helpful!
    08-23-2012, 01:48 PM
You can also help your pony not fade in the summer (starting next year) by sunscreening. It's a royal pain to keep up with, but it will help keep your pony's color.

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