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  1. #1
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    Default Spin off: Dressage style thread

    Likes and dislikes?

    Like the helmets worn by some of the highest scoring riders and horses!

    Dislike some of the bling. I saw one rider with a blingy crystal browband, a black patent cavesson with white trim. It hurt my eyes!
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    I can't stand the sparkly browbands and the ones the droop down like saggy pants.

    Considering the thread where someone was having a pissy about being conservative in pad colors, I find the browbands not only attention getting, but really distracting from the purpose.

    I like the coat colors, and some of the variation of pad colors for everyone. It's not a distraction, but a way of matching the horses, instead of everyone "matching" black and white.



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    Default I love the look of the cavallo breeches

    The german team is wearing them. Can we get them? I LOVED their SJ helmets.
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    I like the patent bridles on black and grey horses, but think they're too much on bays and chestnuts. I hate the white padding -- period. It's nice to see helmets, but I don't like the look of the top-heavy, bowling ball ones.



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    I adore-adore-ADORE how Charlotte Dujardin's helmet has piping that coordinates with the accent color of her shadbelly. I think the whole look with the helmet and the little pop of color looks really smashing. And I'm pretty much a die-hard "I hate shadbellies/top-hats/the-18th-century-butler-look" person. This is the first time I've seen the FEI dressage attire and really felt inspired not only to ride like that, but to look the part as well. I'd still lose the tails if I could, but I think her attire really does a great job bridging tradition and a modern, athletic look. I could gush for hours about this.

    W/r/t other stuff, I am pro-bling, but anti-patent. Patent scratches so easily and I just can't get over it being in a horsey environment. I also like the saggy browbands, but only on horses with certain heads. My mare has a head like a battering ram (I say this with love) and I think it would look nice on her.



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    I love that there is so much variation-great to see different colors and styles. It was getting old to see everyone in black coats with yellow points.

    Some of my favorite coats: Steffen's, the German team ones (LOVE the subtle piping on the points), the gray ones the Spanish team wore (classic, but a little less severe than black), and GB's with the red. But there were so many pretty ones, it's hard to narrow it down!

    Also love the helmets, especially Charlotte's with the red piping. Stunning. It looks a little sportier and less 18th century butler than top hats. I like some top hats, but I HATE when they are too tall. It just looks olde-tymey and weird. I could definitely get behind a top hat with some subtle embellishment, but would most likely still compete in a helmet due to my fear of my rehab physician-mother. I just can't take another tour through the trauma ward at the hospital.

    Also saw lots of brown saddles!



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    Ha, Beckzert! when people ask me why I wear a helmet I tell them it's because my mother would surely come back to haunt me as she threatened if I didn't...

    Charlotte looked amazing, as always. Painted Black's rider has perfectly lovely turnout as well.

    A lot of the saggy browbands aren't--they are crystal decorations around the edge of the ear bonnets. If you look at them in that context it doesn't look quite so odd...



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    Love, love, love the helmets!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by dghunter View Post
    Love, love, love the helmets!!!
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    Do NOT like the pins/badges worn on the shadbellies. Makes the rider look like war veteran or boy scout. And it detracts from the horse being the centerpiece of the pair.
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    Love:
    The different colored shads with trim and piping (particularly GB, Germany, and Spain's)
    HELMETS!
    Patent boots, boots with tops, boots with subtle(!) bling
    Uthopia's shark teeth! http://www.chronofhorse.com/sites/de...BRHester_0.jpg
    Long full tails (I hate how some of the jumpers bang at the hocks)

    Hate:
    White padded bridles, particularly if there's also a beaded browband and/or ear net! Much too busy!!
    Droopy browbands of any sort
    Humungous button braids
    Being a hunter princess, I hate the "hair in a bun with a big fat scrunchie" look, but I will give it a pass since it's acceptable in Dressage culture

    Didn't mind:
    Ear nets
    Pins on shads
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    My favorites were the Fin rider's helmet and Charlotte's from GBR.

    Here is a link to some photos.

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    I have no complaints- just happy to see variety. I love the piping and different colored points on the shads. I think the shaped browbands look good on some, but not all. Most importantly, I love the helmets.



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    I think the ear net thing has gone a little far--there can't be THAT many horses who are hypersensitive about their ears. However, since I love shopping for my horse, I'm happy to have an excuse to buy him a little hat. Look see, Ms. Conservative Traditional Trainer, all the Olympians are doing it!



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    I think a lot of riders look on ear bonnets as the next best thing, since earplugs are not allowed. Probably doesn't muffle much, but better than nothing.



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    I don't like Stefan's button-less coat. On the poor-resolution on my computer for the live feed, it looks like he has no mouth, and no buttons on his coat...makes for some Dr. Seuss-like images.

    I really like his riding, but wish that the new coat looked like a proper double breasted shad.

    All riders look like they have no mouth on my live-feed, but when it is combined with the coat...



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    Quote Originally Posted by Lord Helpus View Post
    Do NOT like the pins/badges worn on the shadbellies. Makes the rider look like war veteran or boy scout. And it detracts from the horse being the centerpiece of the pair.
    I think I have to agree. I do find it distracting.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SaddleFitterVA View Post
    I don't like Stefan's button-less coat. On the poor-resolution on my computer for the live feed, it looks like he has no mouth, and no buttons on his coat...makes for some Dr. Seuss-like images.

    I really like his riding, but wish that the new coat looked like a proper double breasted shad.

    All riders look like they have no mouth on my live-feed, but when it is combined with the coat...

    I agree! The only rider with a mouth is that very fair Spanish rider on Painted Black, and that was because she never closed it. On my iPad it looked like a little black O.

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    What brand of helmet is Charlotte wearing? I'm gonna be a total fangirl and buy one. Because I want to ride like Charlotte when I grow up!



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    Even though I didn't like every individual piece, I LOVED the variety! There was a variety of everything: bridles, browbands, bonnets, braids, tail length and shape, saddle pads, tack color, breeches, boots, coats, stocks and pins, helmets/hats, hair, etc. I loved that everyone was at least slightly different from everyone else. Being able to "style" yourself and horse gives so much more personality to the pair.



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