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  • #41
    I watched the Maclay one year, maybe 2003? Every rider had on the same outfit: dark navy jacket, white shirt, same style boots... It was like a uniform. Only one deviation: a rider from Utah, Kate __, was wearing a super-pale blue shirt. I can still remember. The only difference between riders were the horses!

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    • #42
      I miss colored shirts and subtly patterned jackets. And the jackets were made of quality fabric with a nice hand.
      ~Veronica
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      • #43
        I’ve been teasing my mother, who has recently returned to the show ring after a prolonged absence. She’s wearing my hunt coats for the moment until it makes sense for her to get her own, but found some good deals on show shirt and breeches at the consignment store. I told her that with her light pink shirt, ever so slightly green beige Tailored Sportsmans, and my hunter green coat, she was bringing back the late 90’s. She thought I was criticizing until I clarified that she could wear whatever she wanted provided she didn’t miss to the first jump... and didn’t find her old madras coat in the attic. She did not miss to any of her jumps and the barn kids think she’s super cool.

        I love that hunter green coat and I have a gorgeous cream rat catcher with a peach windowpane that you can pry out of my cold dead hands. (And I mean ratcatcher, collar and all, with tone on tone monogram.)
        "I'm not always sarcastic. Sometimes I'm asleep." - Harry Dresden

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        Support my mom! She's gotta finance her retirement horse somehow.

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        • #44
          Originally posted by hillary again View Post
          I watched the Maclay one year, maybe 2003? Every rider had on the same outfit: dark navy jacket, white shirt, same style boots... It was like a uniform. Only one deviation: a rider from Utah, Kate __, was wearing a super-pale blue shirt. I can still remember. The only difference between riders were the horses!
          Your post made me start thinking ... maybe this is one way modern-day show hunters are a little like the hunters of my youth -- when many show hunters were also field hunters -- actual hunts have traditionally had a uniform so IMO it makes sense that show hunters would dress uniformly too -- down to the bridles which are nothing like the classic hunt bridles of the Corinthian classes but are nevertheless "uniform". So if every pair that enters the ring looks they are members of the same hunt team, well, at least that's one link with hunt tradition.

          Rack on!

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          • #45
            Originally posted by TheMoo View Post
            The only fad that ever and still bothers me is the half pad fad. Maybe it's regional. I bought a shimmable thin line to help with saddle fit until I had money to get a new saddle fitted to my mare. One saddle fitter actually fit the saddle to her with the half pad. Umm no. That is not how this works! Yes I own a half pad, no I don't want a saddle fitted so I have to use it.

            Like scribbler, fates handed me black tack. I got a screaming good deal on a Bobby's bridle that is cut back from the ears. At the time I could only find $$$$ brown bridles and then, I didn't like the reins, or I didn't like the noseband. So I lived with mismatched tack (a huge peeve of mine) until I could get a new saddle. So I bought a black saddle because I cannot live with mismatched tack!
            Ummm, if you use the half pad all the time then the saddle does need to be fitted with the half pad. Otherwise when you use the pad the saddle becomes too narrow. Every saddle fitter I've ever used asks me what kind of pads I use on a regular basis.
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            • #46
              Originally posted by enjoytheride View Post

              Ummm, if you use the half pad all the time then the saddle does need to be fitted with the half pad. Otherwise when you use the pad the saddle becomes too narrow.
              The saddle I used the half pad with was too wide. I bought a half pad that had shims to help with my old saddle’s fit. That was THE only reason for the half pad. I wasn’t using a half pad for any other reason.

              I am not going to have a saddle fitted with a half pad of my horse doesn’t need a half pad for any other reason than helping with fit.

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              • #47
                Originally posted by vxf111 View Post
                I miss colored shirts and subtly patterned jackets. And the jackets were made of quality fabric with a nice hand.
                I showed hunters several times in a purple hunt coat. I doubt the judge could see what color it was, all the kids thought it was awesome, and I doubt it made much of a difference in my ribbons. I either placed well or terribly.
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                • #48
                  Originally posted by enjoytheride View Post

                  I showed hunters several times in a purple hunt coat. I doubt the judge could see what color it was, all the kids thought it was awesome, and I doubt it made much of a difference in my ribbons. I either placed well or terribly.
                  I would like to see a picture of that. With the kerfuffle over burgundy hunt coats I’ve often wondered why we haven’t seen dark violet. Would be striking on a gray horse.
                  "I'm not always sarcastic. Sometimes I'm asleep." - Harry Dresden

                  Amy's Stuff - Rustic chic and country linens and decor
                  Support my mom! She's gotta finance her retirement horse somehow.

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                  • #49
                    enjoytheride What an awesome color for a coat!! I bet it looked great.

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                    • #50
                      Originally posted by Sunflower View Post
                      For all the people with a horror of black tack in the hunter or jumper rings-- in the UK, the horror is of brown tack. Well, horror is probably too strong a word to describe the UK reaction, it is more of a "tut" ( it is all understated) but brown tack just *is* *not* *done* and if you have it, you are going to get side eye. If nothing more. Americans with their brown tack are seen as sort of barbaric.
                      I had to go and have a look at Horse & Hound to check. It all seems to be well cleaned dark brown/black. Traditionally, brown leather was the good stuff and with regular cleaning it becomes so dark it is hard to tell if it is brown or black. I think tack colour is a bit of an American thing.
                      "Good young horses are bred, but good advanced horses are trained" Sam Griffiths

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