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Ah, the growing disparity between the have nots and the have WAY TOO MUCH

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  • Ah, the growing disparity between the have nots and the have WAY TOO MUCH

    http://www.dressagedaily.com/index.p...=394:eaf-derby

    Seriously? $1,000 and capped sleeves on your shirt when it's tucked under a jacket and often slobbered on by your horse? I can think of much better ways to spend $1,000.
    "And I'm thinking you weren't burdened with an overabundance of schooling." - Capt Reynolds "Firefly"

  • #2
    It actually says 'outfit'. I take that to mean more than just a shirt. This looks like a benefit auction/fashion show, since the outfit will also be modeled by a particular person.

    I can definitely see shirt, breeches and jacket being worth that much. I have no idea specifically what will be offered. Someone will have to attend the Equestrian Aid Palm Beach Derby Fundraiser on March 3 and report back.

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      #3
      Yes, it is an outfit. The breeches and shirt (and belt) are being shown in the picture.

      My point was that $1,000 is a LOT for basic riding clothes, and the shirt is a "designer." Ohhh...ahhhh....(NOT!).

      Seriously, why would you buy a special designer outfit? Like I said. People have WAY TOO much money sometimes, to know how to be wise when they spend it. Sure, it's for charity, but gag me with a farm implement if I'd spend that much on riding clothes even for charity. I'd rather just donate the money outright.
      "And I'm thinking you weren't burdened with an overabundance of schooling." - Capt Reynolds "Firefly"

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      • #4
        And my family can't believe that saddles cost more than $1000.
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        • #5
          Dunno about the quality of these Italian clothes but I have Armani pants, blouses and suits that I bought in 1990 at similar prices and have worn ever since. (Well until I couldn't fit into some!) Compared to the indonesian cheap junk that lasts a year before the buttons break in two, the hem falls out or the zipper fails, 1k over 21 years is a pretty good ROI. The Italian couture industry knows how to make quality clothes.
          Ring the bells that still can ring
          Forget your perfect offering
          There is a crack in everything
          That's how the light gets in.

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            #6
            I think, Melanie, the problem I have is that in the barn, a lot more, er, stuff can happen to your clothes that makes this a bad invetment....unless you have too much money burning a hole in your pocket.
            "And I'm thinking you weren't burdened with an overabundance of schooling." - Capt Reynolds "Firefly"

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            • #7
              Eh, I can't get that upset about it. As long as you HAVE the extra disposable income, who am I to judge what you do with it? Most wealthy people have worked hard for it. Now, if you're barely making your mortgage/car payments, then sure. But if you have extra money, maybe are already donating a lot to charity (which many wealthy people do), who cares?

              I used to ride saddle seat, and many of the wealthy riders would have 2-3 custom saddle suits (easily running $3k a piece) and then maybe some extra day coats to shake it up a bit (probably about $1k+ for the jackets). They'd also have expensive custom shirts. But hey, I suppose jod boots don't cost nearly as much as fancy tall boots, so it evens out a bit? And, to be honest, the suits looked really fantastic, and I coveted them, haha.

              And then there were those who spent $400k+ on a horse that had already been "made" and would win everything. It's not a path I would take, but it made them happy getting all those blues and many of them were truly lovely people.

              I do remember being a touch irritated one time when there was a raffle for a custom saddle suit from one of the top tailors in the the business - and of course the girl who won was a top eq rider with a lot of financial support who already had probably 4 current outfits and probably 15 more throughout her earlier career (growing kids do get expensive). It would have been nice to see it go to someone who was a good rider but couldn't afford it, but that's they way the cookie crumbles.

              Am I jealous from time to time? Sure. But usually I'm just happy I've had the life experiences I've had that allow me to have a broader skill set in the riding/training department (riding in borrowed outfits on borrowed horses and/or making my own project horses shine).

              Someday if and when I'm loaded, I will likely spend money on some crazy horse stuff provided I think it looks good. Would I ever spend $1k on something that didn't look as good as the $400 version? Unlikely. But whatever floats your boat - the money is going to charity at least = ) The same cannot be said for the $2k Chloe purses that are oh so pretty, haha.

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              • #8
                Hey Velvet,
                anyone who has a horse is not a have not
                See those flying monkeys? They work for me.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by nhwr View Post
                  Hey Velvet,
                  anyone who has a horse is not a have not
                  = )

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                  • #10
                    Why waste the space and time posting here about the mindlessly inconsequential ?
                    ... _. ._ .._. .._

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                    • #11
                      True, no one who has a horse (and can take good care of it) is really a "have not".......but in the last few years I've honestly had to go hungry, barely heat my house and decline TV service--among many other cost-cutting measures---to keep a horse and pay the vet bills. My decision completely, but life has tightened up since the wall street debacle. $1,000 shirts are definitely out of the question at this point. Wouldn't really upset me either except for the fact that Wall Street and the rich are back to the old thing......and the "masses" are still paying the price for some else's mistakes.

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                        #12
                        Originally posted by Equibrit View Post
                        Why waste the space and time posting here about the mindlessly inconsequential ?
                        My excuse is that I'm bored. What's yours?
                        "And I'm thinking you weren't burdened with an overabundance of schooling." - Capt Reynolds "Firefly"

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                          #13
                          Originally posted by nhwr View Post
                          Hey Velvet,
                          anyone who has a horse is not a have not
                          Um, well, that's true for having happiness in your life (we all know that happiness is owning a horse--which is one of the few ways to actually BUY happiness ). But the money aspect is what I was thinking about. I just seems that the disparity is really growing and it's sad. Especially for our sport.

                          It hits on a lot of levels. If the majority of people with influence in our sport are those who are haves, then they forget what that the have nots cannot afford to show and do A, B or C like they can. When that happens, you eventually end up killing off a pool of talent and potential for our country. Goes back to where our sport used to be. One for kings, lords and ladies.
                          "And I'm thinking you weren't burdened with an overabundance of schooling." - Capt Reynolds "Firefly"

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                          • #14
                            the rich are back to the old thing......and the "masses" are still paying the price for some else's mistakes.
                            Anyone who spends hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars monthly on a hobby and has the leisure time to enjoy it is definitely not one of the masses.

                            They are one of the "rich".
                            See those flying monkeys? They work for me.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by nhwr View Post
                              Anyone who spends hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars monthly on a hobby and has the leisure time to enjoy it is definitely not one of the masses.

                              They are one of the "rich".
                              This!

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                              • #16
                                Of course, having a horse is just about the quickest way to become a have not.

                                Velvet, careful or someone make take you up on that gagging offer.

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                                • #17
                                  Anyone who can afford to buy the outfit has grooms who pull the saddle cover off just as Fluffy is about to put her butt in the saddle! No need to worry about getting dirty
                                  Last edited by Bogey2; Feb. 25, 2011, 07:44 PM.
                                  Humans don’t mind duress, in fact they thrive on it. What they mind is not feeling necessary. –Sebastian Junger

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                                    #18
                                    Originally posted by suzy View Post
                                    Velvet, careful or someone make take you up on that gagging offer.
                                    Dahling, just reading one of your posts is enough to make me gag. Mission accomplished!

                                    Seriously, though, (financial) poverty IS owning a horse.
                                    "And I'm thinking you weren't burdened with an overabundance of schooling." - Capt Reynolds "Firefly"

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                                    • #19
                                      Watch it, Velvet. I have an impressive array of farm implements and I'm not afraid to use them!

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                                        #20
                                        Originally posted by suzy View Post
                                        Watch it, Velvet. I have an impressive array of farm implements and I'm not afraid to use them!
                                        Yeah, your place does sort of remind me of that shed/barn in "Twister"-- near the end where they were trying to take shelter from the tornado. I remember Helen Hunt's character asking, "Who ARE these people?"
                                        "And I'm thinking you weren't burdened with an overabundance of schooling." - Capt Reynolds "Firefly"

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