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Knock-off of Ariat dress boot thread - Who shows in dress boots now?

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  • Knock-off of Ariat dress boot thread - Who shows in dress boots now?

    Reading the thread regarding the Ariat Westchester dress boots got me wondering who still shows in dress boots versus field boots. I recall Brianne Goutal wearing them the year she won the Maclay.

    Growing up in the 80s, I wore dress boots at A shows (hunter ponies and equitation/medal classes). They were part of the accepted formal attire for a larger show. I've shown in field boots all through the 90s and 10s though, but was curious who still shows in dress boots?

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      My trainer's customs are dress boots, she shows hunters and jumpers in them. I no longer show but as a junior I showed in my custom Dehner dress boots too. I prefer the look of dress boots but with my high instep I confess I find field boots easier to get on and off for everyday riding.

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        I love the look of dress boots and would certainly show in them and will show in them when I'm back in form. When I started showing dress boots were always appropriate, field boots not always. Now I hear about trainers forbidding their clients/students from wearing dress boots - like they won't get pinned in dress boots oh puhleeze... I wonder if somewhere along the line some folks associated "dress" boots w/ Dressage? And when you think about it really if a person is going in a classic w/ shadbelly then they really should wear dress boots... which brings me back to dress boots are always appropriate.

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          I would. I was always taught field boots aren't formal enough to show (and I believe even aren't formal enough for certain hunt situations.) That you can cheat a little with field boots, but dress boots are never wrong, except possibly overkill for cubbing (field boots with tweeds, dress with black/scarlet.)
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            A friend of mine has custom dress boots that she's worn for oh... 3 years now?

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              Originally posted by BAC View Post
              My trainer's customs are dress boots, she shows hunters and jumpers in them. I no longer show but as a junior I showed in my custom Dehner dress boots too. I prefer the look of dress boots but with my high instep I confess I find field boots easier to get on and off for everyday riding.
              My trainer (and the majority of trainers I know now) are showing in custom dress boots. I prefer this look which is what drew me to the look of Westchester boot in the first place.

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