Hey guys, next year I am probably going to be taking one of the mares I ride to some local fairs to do some showing. I will probably be competing in barrels, poles, and maybe some pleasure classes. I was just wondering if they really look at what kind of tack you have at these shows? I am looking into getting a western saddle right now, and I have found a really nice billy cook barrel saddle that is wide (its an older model), which is what I need for both my pony and this mare I plan on showing. However, it has no silver on it and obviously isn't a show saddle. My coach, who used to show western pleasure, wants me to get a pleasure saddle so that I can show pleasure, but I really would prefer a barrel saddle. She said that you can't show in a barrel saddle, but I am wondering if at local shows and fairs if you have to have a barrel saddle for the pleasure classes?