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  • Western showmanship shirt department store
  • English saddle with bling

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    06-22-2012, 01:32 PM
Originally Posted by gigem88    
At the Scottsdale Arabian show they had riders in the English classes wearing rhinestones!
Haha! Wait till I tell that to my friends who were making fun of my rhinestone stirrup irons! From what I've seen at the AQHA and APHA breed shows in my area, they're still pretty conservative/traditional in the hunter classes.
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    06-22-2012, 01:37 PM
Originally Posted by DaraT    

So when I do get back in the ring, I'll be the one in a nice off the rack shirt and my hat will have the old fashioned crease. Keeping it simple will help me afford the ever increasing entry fees.
God, why? I can understand just keeping your outfit simple (it has actually been a trend for a couple years, now. Especially in the horsemanship.) But it costs $15 to shape a hat.
    06-22-2012, 01:39 PM
Originally Posted by DaraT    
Way to much bling for me. As a person who would like to get back into showing, I just can't afford this fashion style. Not to mention, that you really need to upgrade your outfit every year. I find it ironic that the guys' fashion is still the same. About the only thing they need to keep up with is the changing hat creases.

I have a show saddle, but I tried to find one that the least amount of silver on it. Eventually I would like to replace it with a nice tooled show saddle with no silver. I recently bought a show halter that is a nice tooled leather with only small silver buckles. The all silver show tack is just not my taste.

So when I do get back in the ring, I'll be the one in a nice off the rack shirt and my hat will have the old fashioned crease. Keeping it simple will help me afford the ever increasing entry fees.
Yes the guys have it so easy, just pick up a solid button-down shirt from the local department store and you're good to go. Maybe throw in a colorful scarf if you want to get flashy. It seems like the guys even have a bit less bling on their saddles but maybe that's just me.

I sometimes wish the same could be said for women, but then again, we do get to have a little bit more fun with our outfits, even if it is a challenge to find stuff that's tasteful and reasonably priced.
    06-22-2012, 10:05 PM
I actually don't care for the shirt in the OP. The stones look like the heat set stones that come on a sheet and are ironed on. They aren't real swarovski or crystal and it shows. I do love the pave' look with high quality stones.

I do love my bling and the outfits that come with the western events. I don't wear mine for anything other than it makes me happy. I like being trendy and sparkly and don't feel that's a crime.

Last year's 14-18 WP winner did it in black chaps, black shirt, and a purple scarf. Not everyone wears the full outfits all the time. Vests are also in style (lots in the trail, western riding, and pleasure at Pinto this past week.)

I have fabric for a vest and just need to get it made. Yes, it is wild colored and will be stoned, because that makes me happy and I deserve to be happy.
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    06-22-2012, 10:08 PM
I think it looks fine! Tasteful but not over the top unlike some of the tack sets that I have seen for sale.

Personally I like a plainer saddle, maybe some tooling but not a ton of bling bling.. just not my deal.
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    06-22-2012, 10:16 PM
I'm not trying to say there's anything wrong with bling per-say. Just thought it would be fun to get everyone's opinion. I actually like the saddle myself, but then again I'm easily distracted by all things shiney

Speaking of vests, have you guys seen the new cut they're using?

It's definitely... different. I saw a girl wearing one at the last paint horse show I went to. I kind of think they make you look like a 18th century bar maid... but that's just me. To each their own.
    06-22-2012, 10:24 PM
I love FQHA shows as they LIMIT the amount of bling you are allowed to have to a very minimal amount. It is to show the Foundation QH's agility, all-around usefulness, and natural beauty.

Alas, different strokes for different folks. Even FQHA shows are becoming lenient (sp?) with the rules a bit. I don't like bling; prefer reining style bling if anything. That is, minimal silver and 'natural' look to the horse for the most part. The manes are the craziest embellishment (sp? Again.. on my phone) in reining!

Imo, the gal's saddle is too much. Then again in rail classes and trail/horsemanship, it's the fad. I would rather see a bunch of expensive silver on a saddle as a fad than soring/peanut rolling/etc.
    06-22-2012, 10:24 PM
That looks like... an apron top.....
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    06-22-2012, 10:27 PM
That's the new style. I really like it, but mine is going to have a rounded bottom hem.
    06-22-2012, 10:33 PM
Not a fan. The black is a turn off for me, I think it cheapens the look of good silver. I can't say anything about blingy saddles, I have a Dale Chavez that's dripping in silver. That being said, like runslidestop I enjoy the foundation shows more when I can ride in my no bling daily driver saddle.

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