Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: Soon to be South Carolina
• Horses: 0
I think it's too much. A saddle like that is nice and no doubt expensive, but it draws attention AWAY from the horse, not to it. You don't notice a horse and say 'Oh, look at that trot!' with a saddle like that. You think 'Oh my gosh, look at that saddle!' and look at the appearance, instead of the performance.
I know judges say that the bling doesnt make the win, but it most certainly helps whether or not the judge makes a conscience decision. Humans are easily pleased aestheticly. So having the fancy saddle and fancy outfit draw attention to the appearance of the horse and rider but not the performance and skill of each.
If it were me, and Lord knows I'll be the one to change something, the tack would be high quality but plain and the outfit of the rider would be professional and without jeweling.
A class or show should be about what the pair can do, not how fancy and pretty they can look.
They showcase their talents and abilities. If I wanted to see the pageantry and fanciful costumes, I'd go to the local theater house, not a horse show.