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    03-31-2011, 05:01 PM
Switching from English to Western...

Wanting to show my new horse Western. Just local schooling shows in WP classes or possibly trail classes... The 4h club near me puts on an open show over the summer and they do several of them so was planning on going to those... I plan to get some videos once we figure eachother out for critiques... But what is the "dress code" ? I see people go all out but I really just can't afford all out really... Most english schooling shows I wear tall boots, white saddle pad, tan pants and a dark colored polo shirt. I have a black helmet and prefer to wear that in a class.... If it's allowed(im 19)

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    03-31-2011, 05:07 PM
Usually the dress code for local western classes are boots (of course), jeans, a long-sleeve button-up shirt tucked in, and a cowboy hat or helmet. If you shop around you should be able to get all that stuff for a decent price. Good luck on your switch!
    03-31-2011, 05:12 PM
Black jeans
Basic belt
Form fitting blouse
Hobby Horse Clothing Co. - Broken Heart Sale
Heeled boots

I have yet to see a show where they do not let seniors (18 & over) wear helmets.
    03-31-2011, 05:26 PM
I have plain brown paddock boots(just ariat ones) would they be okay wearing them under jeans? You wouldn't really be able to see them.... I'm just wanting to dabble and try this whole western thing out haha and not wanting to invest hundreds in it yet...
    03-31-2011, 05:43 PM
Yeah I'm sure that would be fine for a local show. Check with the club and see if they have any specifics, although I'm sure it won't have to be anything real fancy. Also, I don't think that you have to have black jeans for just a local show, but they do look nicer than blue ones.
    03-31-2011, 05:52 PM
Yep paddock boots would work just fine, just make sure your jeans are long enough when you sit down.
    03-31-2011, 06:03 PM
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Be aware that you may well be required to ride one handed; neck reining.
Just to let you know.
    03-31-2011, 06:28 PM
Oh I know. I've got the western gear... Not super fancy but it's just a light oil western saddle with no silver then a western bridle/curb bit. He's trained off the leg and seat and has been shown in WP before so it's just me I need to get dressed haha. He's great with neck-reining so.
    04-01-2011, 11:24 AM
The fun classes aren't as picky...I should know, that's usually what I show in since I don't have a trailer to do regular shows, as much as I want to :/

But, jeans, belt, regular boots, and a button-up shirt is usually just fine. They generally prefer a cowboy hat or nothing to a helmet in my arena though, unless you are showing english or you are very small.

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