APHA posted this photo on their facebook page with the news that the youth world will be kicking off today.
A couple people pointed out that things were going a little over the top. One of them recalling "in the old days you rode your horse to the show, showed in jeans, working tack and the best horse won!" Which begs the question: are show-ring fashions starting to outshine the horses? That's not to say that having an outfit and tack that cost roughly the equivalent of a new sports car will guarantee you win or even place, but if nothing else, it will certainly get you noticed. I for one would love to see someone cover themselves in rhinestones from head to toe and ride into the ring looking like the disco ball from Boogie Nights! Ahem... but seriously:
What do you guys think? Time to go back to basics, or take it up a notch? Do you think you can still be competitive at the big shows without all the bling?
Keep it friendly guys, everyone's entitled to an opinion.