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    Default Inexpensive but decent quality show shirts

    I'd like to get myself a new show shirt for the rare occasions I get to show jump at horse trials in my grown up clothes (versus my xc gear), and the occasional jumper show or even more rare hunter show.

    BUT, since I'm not going the big h/j shows week in and week out and will probably just wear the shirt a few times a season, I don't need one of the lovely TS or Essex or other drool worthy brands with big price tags. I'd like to stay under $50, but be ok quality (not going to shrink massively or fall apart in a wash or two), but also look pretty smart. I like the wrap collar idea, but not necessary, and in blue would be a bonus, as well.

    I SEE lots of shirts that fit the price, color, etc, but I know nothing about any of them, so I'm leery of buying. Can you all steer me in the right direction?



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    1) find the fit/size/color that you love.
    2) searching eBay, consignment shops, etc until you find it.

    The most I ever paid for DD's show clothes: $20 (jacket) and $15 (new TS Jods w/tags still on).



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    Ovation and Tuffrider make decent, less-expensive shirts. However, I recommend haunting the closeout sections of all the online retailers. You can often find a really beautiful shirt with separate choker, Essex, Ariat, etc., for a bargain price since the latest trend is "snap-collar" show shirts.

    Good luck.

    Edit: Check this out:

    http://www.smartpakequine.com/essex-...x?cm_vc=Search
    Last edited by Dewey; Jan. 19, 2013 at 12:29 PM.
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    Equine Couture! I just got one and am very impressed for the money: http://www.breeches.com/Equine-Coutu...pid-55338.html


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    The Farm House has colored Essex coolmax shirts on sale for $39.
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    I'll second Tuffrider. I stumbled across a white, wrap collar, coolmax show shirt for $50 by Tuffrider and snatched it up. It looked so nice and fit so well that it made me a little embarrassed that I had been spending $100+ on Tailored Sportsman show shirts...



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    RHC makes coolmax, wrap collar shirts for under $50 -- http://www.rhcequestrian.com/product...00f05aaaaed126 --
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    This company's stuff is amazing
    http://www.stablecloth.com/Show_Priv...tion_Sale.aspx
    and I totally second everyone who recommends ebay and scouting the clearance sections of websites like Smartpak and Tack Room inc.



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    Stop by the Middleburg Tack Exchange--there's usually a whole rack of lovely Essex shirts in the $35 range. Last year's colors and the old school choker, but very nice shirts at a good price, and I know they're close to you



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    Quote Originally Posted by JenEM View Post
    Stop by the Middleburg Tack Exchange--there's usually a whole rack of lovely Essex shirts in the $35 range. Last year's colors and the old school choker, but very nice shirts at a good price, and I know they're close to you
    Oh, duh....good point!



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    I love the Essex classics and rj classic shirts. They are very durable, but worth the money. They aren't expensive to me, but to some people they can be pricey. Also, check out the smartpak Bradley show shirt!
    Spend your money on one or two good shirts.

    Essex: http://equestrian.doversaddlery.com/...bbmemgks0joszf


    Rj classics http://rjclassics.com/dyn_category.php?k=149933

    Bradley shirt:http://www.smartpakequine.com/bradle...ak-10299p.aspx



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    Check out the snap collar shirts at victory canter. DD has two and they're great - nice fabric, cool max, wash up well and under $50. They have a ton of colors, too.

    https://www.victorycanter.com/produc...cat=309&page=2
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    Quote Originally Posted by Melissa.Hare.Jones View Post
    The Farm House has colored Essex coolmax shirts on sale for $39.
    I was going to mention Farm House sale on Essex... However I gave them a call on Saturday to check on colors / sizes and never got a return call. Hopefully I will hear from them or call them back tomorrow....



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    Go CoolMax, you will not regret it. Essex and RJ Classics are my personal favorites and I've never had a problem finding them either on sale or second-hand for under $60.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gmbjumper View Post
    I love the Essex classics and rj classic shirts. They are very durable, but worth the money. They aren't expensive to me, but to some people they can be pricey. Also, check out the smartpak Bradley show shirt!
    Spend your money on one or two good shirts.

    Essex: http://equestrian.doversaddlery.com/...bbmemgks0joszf


    Rj classics http://rjclassics.com/dyn_category.php?k=149933

    Bradley shirt:http://www.smartpakequine.com/bradle...ak-10299p.aspx
    While I agree those are all lovely, considering this is something I MIGHT wear 6 times a year, I really rather not spend close to $100 on it. I have enough other expenses that I HAVE to take care of, that a hundred bucks on a what really is just a frivolous purchase on my part (I COULD wear a stock tie at the events that I do wear a coat to show jump and I don't do enough hunter shows to really warrant an upgrade. but I do have an FEI passport to pay for later this year, hopefully). Cheap or second hand is good.

    I'm going to the Tack Exchange today. I'm now remembering I saw some nice looking shirts there.



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    I wish the Essex Outlet would come back up - they have the non-wrap styles for around 40-50! But the site seems to be down, and has been for a couple weeks so I'm not sure it'll ever be back



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    I have an Ovation wrap collar and really like it. Not quite as flashy as the Essex, but still has pretty lining in the collar and cuffs, and it is long enough for my tall self to not worry about the tails coming untucked!



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    Second tack exchange. That's why I have a closet full of show shirts. Freaking $10 show shirts. All of which are gorgeous.
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    I swear by coolmax but I am not about to spend a fortune on a shirt either.

    I purchased the Ariat Coolmax. Very nice quality and moves with you.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Tha Ridge View Post
    Equine Couture! I just got one and am very impressed for the money: http://www.breeches.com/Equine-Coutu...pid-55338.html
    This is a beautiful shirt! I am having a hard time finding an online retailer that has this shirt. Where did you find yours?



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