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CowgirlUp7243 05-13-2013 03:19 PM

Western Hats
So I just started showing and I need a hat. My trainer says that even though I have black chaps I should get a tan hat because tan is more sophisticated and judges like it. Now I'm new to all of this so I don't know but wouldn't a black hat look better with black chaps. Does the color of your hat really matter to the judges?

Joe4d 05-13-2013 03:28 PM

depends on the season. White from memorial day to labor day, black from labor day to memorial day. And never where white straw after labor day, thats just uncouth.

waresbear 05-13-2013 04:57 PM

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That is old school Joe, that rule is now gone! While it's nice to have your hat match your chaps, it casts shadows on your face if you wear a dark hat. A light hat brightens & highlights your face.
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Sereno 05-13-2013 05:05 PM

If us 40 plus group see this thread... you in trouble.
My best hat. (I have a show hat too but THIS is what I like.)

I know... no help at all.

oh vair oh 05-13-2013 06:11 PM

Not tan, probably vanilla or a sand hat.

^ it goes with anything.

Personally I hate mixing black and brown.

I have two hats - a black felt and a vanilla felt. They go with anything and any season.

My next hat splurge is going to be a black/white straw hat.

Don't forget to get your hat shaped appropriately for your event. There is nothing more telling of a novice than a flat brim.

Joe4d 05-13-2013 07:17 PM

not gone, just people dont follow proper etiquette because they just dont know any better. Poor unwashed masses. Whatever happened to finishing schools ? next thing you know people will be wearing black belts with silver buckles with brown boots.,

existentialpony 05-14-2013 12:40 AM

I think you should go with whatever you think looks snazziest on you and your horse, unless your goal is nationals! (In which case I'd listen to my trainer.) I ride with a black hat because I am silly pale and I typically brighten up my face with a fun, sophisticated shirt. Do what makes you feel rockin'!

spurstop 05-18-2013 04:37 PM

What color is your shirt?

If nothing matches, or you have three different/distinct colors going on, it is going to break up your silhouette.

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