Great photos - and I love the grey on grey as well.
Also - I love your blog, Terri, I'm bookmarking that for sure! Headed to Lisbon in October for a quick trip "on our way" to a friend's wedding in Berlin, and now I wish we could extend our time in Portugal!
I think the bow gives the shad a nice feminine touch. I'm not so much a fan of the contrasting bow - it sort of detracts from the overall picture - like "What is that white thing doing there?"
I'm undecided on the elbow patches. I wonder all the implications they would have on the visual effect of the rider's position? I know that at that level you aren't going to have chicken wing elbows - but if they became a fad at the lower levels?
I just have this mental picture of putting a bow on the back of a short jacket, then putting it on, and having a big fat ribbon flopping on my butt as I walk around the show grounds.
... because I walk around the show grounds in my show jacket ALL THE TIME, but still, in this mental picture, I do, and I have a big bow on my big butt and it looks like it came straight from a horrible bridesmaids gown.
I just have this mental picture of putting a bow on the back of a short jacket, then putting it on, and having a big fat ribbon flopping on my butt as I walk around the show grounds. (yet still... I kinda want a bow.)
Some how when I see the "butt" bow my mind goes to the Bunny tail of Playboy fame......
We do not have an overpopulation of dogs, we have an under population of responsible dog owners!!!
Sorry, I think those bows are hideous. I can just about stomach the elbow patches, but then I'm surrounded by them daily in my stuffy-academic line of work so I guess I don't notice so much! But seriously, those bows are some weird combination of saddleseat showbiz and something that appeared on flouncy bedding sets in the 80s.