Would I be stoned to death for putting some bling on my hunt coat? I wouldn't go overboard, but I'm wanting to jazz it up a bit since I won't be buying a new one for awhile. I could have sworn I've been seeing pictures of hunt coats with some bling on them, but not sure how acceptable it is just yet.
We are going BN/N, have two recognized shows on the books for June and September, and I'm hoping to go to a few local dressage shows as well.
Man I feel like a raccoon...shiny things! Shiny things! MUST HAVE!
Do whatever you want for stadium. DON'T for dressage. Gotta say I am with George Morris on this-- the focus should be on the horse. Personally I would save the bedazzling for xc (or better yet, Western Pleasure!)
I'd glitz my car, get a shiny bumper sticker or shift the urge to "bling" into another aspect of my life. Horses and their tack are gorgeous au naturale. The more elegant the pair, the more fun to watch.
It's a matter purely of taste and it's a free country, so doing whatever is within the rules is 100% A-OK. I have mixed feelings about "tradition" vs. "self expression" and so I heartily recommend you just do what makes you happy. You will horrify some people and have others giving you compliments. Neither of whom should score higher on the opinion poll than your very own opinion does.
I will add that the more bling you're wearing, the lower your scores had better be.
I ride dressage and I have crystal buttons on my jacket, they are very pretty and have just enough flash to make me happy. I have never once had a judge make a comment about the buttons, oh and I actually have them on both of my jackets. Peri's leather used to sell them but I'm not sure if they still do.
I love bling too!!
Between this thread and the one about "Omigod what will happen to me if I don't braid", this is starting to read like the H/J board. Next thing we know people will start asking for help with show names...
* What you release is what you teach * Don't be distracted by unwanted behavior* Whoever waits the longest is the teacher. Van Hargis