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  1. #21
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    Eh, top-hat mop-rat. If they REALLY wanted to do something for the aesthetics of the sport, how 'bout gettin' rid of WHITE BREECHES????


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    Default Ding ding ding!!!! We have a winner

    And someone who knows the real reasons I will never ride GP.

    Unless I marry someone with a liposuction machine.


    Or a shad.

    I do however, have a hat head, so I'm good there.


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    Quote Originally Posted by 2ndyrgal View Post
    Halt. Not hat.

    Those horses don't need hats.

    Or double bridles.

    Or braids.

    Or ear nets.

    And they ain't scared of cows, umbrellas or loud noises.

    Come to think of it, those guys that opted out of going to Europe because of an "electric indoor atmosphere," should just take those UL beasts to any western competition anywhere around and desensitize them.

    Of course they're gonna laugh at your outfits,

    Especially the hat.
    Snort.

    Heck, a lot of them don't need *bridles* at all.
    If you are allergic to a thing, it is best not to put that thing in your mouth, particularly if the thing is cats. - Lemony Snicket


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    I'm fine w/ the helmet rule, and happily wear mine all the time anyway. I do wish, however, that I could find someone who would buy my lightly used top hat. Every time I look in the closet I think "ka-ching......." Anyone know of an active secondary market for these things?? If not I'll just have to bury it deeper in the closet
    We don't get less brave; we get a bigger sense of self-preservation........


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    Someone once mentioned that interior decorators would use top hats in equestrian-themed designs.



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    Quote Originally Posted by 2tempe View Post
    I'm fine w/ the helmet rule, and happily wear mine all the time anyway. I do wish, however, that I could find someone who would buy my lightly used top hat. Every time I look in the closet I think "ka-ching......." Anyone know of an active secondary market for these things?? If not I'll just have to bury it deeper in the closet
    Arab folks still wear them in show hack. I took definite advantage of the clearanced top hats at Dressage Extensions to pick up a hat to use in show hack, lol. I think the Morgan people still might use them for formals in hunter pleasure classes, maybe road hack? (It's been 10 years since I've showed Morgans, lol, so I could be wrong)



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    There's a nice picture of a top-hat helmet at this link. You have to scroll down; or search for the phrase "rose parade."
    I have a Fjord! Life With Oden


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    Quote Originally Posted by chancellor2 View Post
    I don't get it. A top hat is what makes the upper levels worth it?
    Who cares if you have to wear a helmet?
    When I just spent a few hundred for a top hat, and don't own a (now) "legal" helmet - so I have to spend more money - I object to being "forced" to change my head gear. So guess I won't be showing for a while.
    Sandy in Fla.


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    I'm sore about my now-useless top hat, too, Valentina. However, I've got a helmet that suits for show -- but still, I feel your pain...

    I really enjoyed showing in my derby and topper years ago. They were cooler to wear than my show helmet was at the time.


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    Quote Originally Posted by ThreeFigs View Post
    I'm sore about my now-useless top hat, too, Valentina. However, I've got a helmet that suits for show -- but still, I feel your pain...

    I really enjoyed showing in my derby and topper years ago. They were cooler to wear than my show helmet was at the time.

    I miss my derby, too. Much cooler and, yes, it DID look good on my head!! Better than a top hat. Ugh. My head is made for the older, more oval and closer fitting helmets, or a derby, not a top hat. They just look awful on most people, and especially me!
    "Relinquish your whip!!"



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    Quote Originally Posted by Cindyg View Post
    There's a nice picture of a top-hat helmet at this link. You have to scroll down; or search for the phrase "rose parade."
    Holy crap that might be THE MOST HIDEOUS thing I have ever seen. It looks like something the Mad Hatter would wear in Alice in Wonderland... If that Mad Hatter had zero sense of style! I'm also sore about my top hat that will now go unused but good lord if that horrific thing is the alternative I will happily don my regular show helmet


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    THIS^^^
    I wouldn't be caught dead in that thing. I sure hope rider didn't pay a lot of $...

    Now I'm off to find an Arab show world forum where maybe I can advertise the top hat...
    We don't get less brave; we get a bigger sense of self-preservation........


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    The new rule is due. Hat hair is in.


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    Quote Originally Posted by 2tempe View Post
    \I do wish, however, that I could find someone who would buy my lightly used top hat. Every time I look in the closet I think "ka-ching......." Anyone know of an active secondary market for these things?? If not I'll just have to bury it deeper in the closet
    Saddle seat equitation riders wear them, too - although the crown might be a bit shallower than dressage toppers. http://stores.hartmeyer.com/-strse-4...2C6/Detail.bok



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    I wish we'd go to vests. I like these. http://stores.hartmeyer.com/-strse-4...ENT/Detail.bok

    It would be great, though, to have vests for the hot weather. Pretty vests. Not just cooling vests. Only problem is, most of the breeches will have to be a little higher.
    "Relinquish your whip!!"



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    Quote Originally Posted by 2ndyrgal View Post

    Go ride reiners.
    And you'll get to ride a horse with a real halt.

    I don't consider "a real halt" sliding on hocks for 15' !
    -Amor vincit omnia-


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    Quote Originally Posted by Velvet View Post
    I wish we'd go to vests. I like these. http://stores.hartmeyer.com/-strse-4...ENT/Detail.bok

    It would be great, though, to have vests for the hot weather. Pretty vests. Not just cooling vests. Only problem is, most of the breeches will have to be a little higher.
    I like the idea of vests...but not the shiny, taffeta, steam-punk look. Something a bit more muted for me.

    But, I love the helmet rule. And for those mourning the idea of "spending money" on a helmet - you can get a nice, show-worthy helmet for around $100-$150 (http://www.doversaddlery.com/charles...r8/p/X1-36209/). If you really are doing that much showing, you spend that much in ONE DAY. The helmet will last for years.

    And, yes, I'd love to get rid of the white or light-colored breeches. Black is so slimming and classy.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Mardi View Post
    I don't consider "a real halt" sliding on hocks for 15' !
    Maybe you don't, but those horses would stand at "X" all day long until you asked them to move.

    They halt from other less spectacular moves as well.

    And they stop from behind.


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    Sorry...still not a fan.
    -Amor vincit omnia-



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    Quote Originally Posted by Cindyg View Post
    There's a nice picture of a top-hat helmet at this link. You have to scroll down; or search for the phrase "rose parade."
    Ok... looks awful. I give her big points for refusing to make compromises for the sake of the 'parade.' But I can't imagine anyone wanting to go to a horse show in that thing.


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