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post #1 of 4 Old 09-26-2009, 11:54 AM Thread Starter
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Showing at local fairs

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?
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post #2 of 4 Old 09-26-2009, 11:35 PM
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Depending on the show, and the fair, you may have a better chance with show tack. However, if you are just in it for fun, I wouldn't worry too much

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post #3 of 4 Old 09-27-2009, 09:54 AM Thread Starter
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Ok.. thanks! I think my friend has a cheap pleasure saddle with some bling on it.. we could use that and then use my barrel saddle for the games.
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If you're just doing rodeo kind of stuff (i.e. barrels/poles) then tack doesn't matter. But if you're doing Western pleasure or equitation then yes tack is crucial.


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