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VOLUME 40 NUMBER 6
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Show in Style
HORSE SHOW ATTIRE is more about tradition than trends.
Change happens slowly; this is not fast fashion. Yet from a sea
of navy hunt coats, trends do emerge, and styles come and go.
Some seem to be cyclical—green hunt coats and colored western
hats, for example. Others I boldly predict are extinct forever:
ratcatchers and rust breeches.
Going the classic route with your show clothes is always a
sound strategy. However, even timeless looks require periodic
updates. And why su;er with old-fashioned fabrics and
dysfunctional cuts when technical fabrics and design innovations
can keep you cooler, give you more freedom of movement and
allow you to ride your best? Check out our English and western
show trend reports for the latest and greatest, starting on pg. 28.
Ultimately, the most important part of the show is your riding,
not your clothes. Let your show attire add to your confidence,
knowing that you are appropriately dressed and ready to
demonstrate what you and your horse have been working so hard
to achieve. — Elizabeth Moyer, ;;;;;;
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7 SIMPLE & (MOSTLY) FREE
SHOW STYLE UPGRADES
1. Get a perfect fit. Make like Goldilocks and get it just right. Poor
fit will take away from your overall impression, and it won’t help
your riding any, either. Even minor alterations can make a major
difference in your look.
2. Be a hair do, not a don’t. This usually requires a hair net—
containment is key. Practice if you need to with our tutorial at
3. Channel your inner neat freak. Neat and tidy always wins the day.
Sloppy says you don’t care. Polish those boots and make sure all
your show clothes are washed and pressed.
4. Address underlying issues. On this, ahem, delicate topic, comfort
rules the day, but it’s also a good idea to check the rear view. In two-point.
5. Dial in the details. Does your belt fit through the loops of your
new breeches? Do you remember how to tie a stock tie? Deal with
minor distractions beforehand, so you don’t have to on show day.
6. Test-drive everything. Break in new gear beforehand and give
it a trial run in the saddle. Also try on old favorites to make sure
everything still zips, buttons or snaps.
7. Have a backup plan. Duct tape, electrical tape, safety pins and a
credit card should be able to fix most wardrobe malfunctions and