What do people wear for western shows? Does anyone have any pictures of their outfit? Also, does everyone have to wear cowboy hats, or can they wear helmets? Will wearing a helmet detract from your score?
If you are showing locally I think a pair of jeans, boots, and a button down shirt will be fine, maybe a belt with a big buckle...and your helmet. Most places don't mind of you wear a helmet. Most people will try to match their saddle pad to their shirts... or at least wear a black saddle pad....
Here's a couple of mine. But for local shows, I would recommend a nice long sleeved shirt with a collar, pants (preferably black or dark blue), clean boots, a belt and buckle (that don't stand out), plus either your hat or helmet.
I like western because of the different clothes you can wear. Im lucky because my mom is really good at sewing and makes my outfits. I have posted a few different looks, in my avatar the rider has my outfit on as well. It was a hobby horse shirt but my mom re did the cuffs and collar to what I wanted. I just couldnt find the fabric any where.
I wear a western hat not a helmet. I don't think the judges in the local shows really knock a person down. If you have a western hat though it should be in very good shape, spend the extra money each year to have it reshaped (if it needs it)
Another thing that I consider is making sure that the outfit doesnt clash with your horse. With my buckskins I have to be careful with the yellows, golds, and browns. The colors can clash with the horse. Pastels will wash the horse out as well so I don't ever wear tan chaps. When I owned Sadie (she was a really dark dun) I could wear browns and golds.
Here are a few pics of what I have... I love crystals so most of the shirts are covered even though you can't really see them. For horsemanship classes I will tone the outfit down though, I don't want anything that will show movement:
I hope no one minds me jumping in here, but I have a question...
I am an english rider. Now, I have a young green horse I am going to take to a show this weekend. Being young, I am taking it slow. We don't canter much yet. The only class this show offers at W/T for humans over 9 is WP W/J. So, that's what I'm entering her! Now, I'm only doing it as a schooling round, and doing it to get some experience for her. She is my future h/j horse. I have a cordura saddle and nylon bridle, my only western tack, so that will have to do! I'm wearing my black helmet, as I try to ALWAYS ride with a helmet. I know helmets are allowed :)
But my dilemma: I have a nice black western shirt, somewhat fancy (no sequines or anything, but embroidered flowers) that I"d like to wear. And black paddock boots. No chaps as my only ones are half chaps ;) But I don't have black jeans? I have dark blue jeans or black courderoys. I do have a blue and a turquoise "western" shirts but only 3/4 sleeves.
What do you think I should wear? Someone told me black shirt and blue jeans would be fine, but I just don't know... I always liked black shirts wtih black pants. THoughts?