Ok , bear with me . I'm trying to remember . Shadbellys were worn for Evening classes (after 7) right ? Then it trickled to Stake classes ? I remember showing then switching coats for a money class . Now I may be totally wrong on this part . For some reason I remember wearing White breeches with my Shadbelly but also reg Color .
Was watching a Derby yesterday I think it was a $5000 . Some had Shads some regular . One girl had Shad and white breeches . Some horses were braided mane and tail. Others just the mane one was unbraided . All mentioned pinned pretty well . This was at an AA show .
Again please bear with me stepping back in to the ring after a 12 haitus .
If you have a Shadbelly a Derby would be the place to wear it for sure. Today many wear them in any type of classic and for stakes at indoors and possibly big shows (I vaguely think Devon) Technically all women should wear them because Derby's ask for formal attire, many people do not have one and normal (dark) coats don't seem to be penalized. Shadbellys are generally worn with normal tan breeches, if you saw someone in whites it was likely because she rode in a jumper classic (where whites are required) that day and this is acceptable. All horses should be braided all around especially at a AA show. The one that was unbraided should not have pinned at all in my opinion but it is at the discretion of the judge. I hope that was helpful