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  • Help me outfit my self for Western IHSA

    Hi All,

    Our college is venturing into Western IHSA (or is it called stock seat???). I want to try the alum division. My mom is excited and has offered to "outfit" me. I don't have a clue where to start. Boots? pants? shirt? hat? belt? chaps? what do you do with your hair? How much bling is good and how much is too much? I see some wear a bit more makeup than the hunter folks too. Eyes done and Lipstick or no? Help!

  • #2
    By rule you MUST have Boots,Hat, long sleeve shirt.

    Nice if you can color coordinate things.. after labor day most go to a felt hat, have it shaped properly by the store you get it at and pay attention to store it properly. Really tho.. no one is actually going to shoot ya if you wear straw, just the felt looks so much more professional.. oh yeah stay away from the yahoo rodeo big brims..

    Shirt.. can be any material and as bling filled as you like.. but really if you are an average rider do you want shiny stuff near parts of you that move too much?? NO. So instead go with a color that flatters you, make sure the shirt fits nicely and it should tuck in. and yes once you actually tuck in a shirt, you need to wear a belt. Don't wear some silly big buckle, just wear something simple until you win a buckle. Shirt can zip up instead of buttons.. and really snaps at the wrist instead of buttons is very handy. also you may find some shirts with the body suit bottom and snap crotch.. they fitt great.

    get a pair of black and a pair of tan gloves.. I like the isotoner thin stretchy ones.. since you draw for horses.. wear the gloves that most match your horses mane area ( by withers) since having your hand blend into the horse can hide you hand if its too busy.

    Boots.. no need for pointy toes.. get what is comfortable
    (same color as hat is nice presuming hat is black or beige.

    Chaps..these need to be longer than the bottom of your foot.. if fitted properly for show, your boots cannot be seen because they are covered by nice long chaps.. and then you pull them up when you have to walk on the ground. Very often these days you will see ultra suede chaps and other leather-like fabrics.. they are handy because they can be washed easily if needed.. good fitting full leather ones can get pricey.

    Hair...hair net, hair net, hair net, spray, spray, spray,
    under your hat, in a bun in the back, all neatly tied up in some fashion with hairnet or 2 and lots of spray to control it. Nothing hanging down, no piggy tails or long Rapunzel locks hanging down you back..

    No need to get all silly with a ton of makeup.. some lipstick to highlight your smile is just fine.. nobody is doing Kabuki. and really.. wouldnt you rather be remembered for your riding????


    for people that sew Suitability pattern company think they also have all the old Jean Hardy patterns as well. The is both english and western patterns.
    I can explain it TO you,but I can't understand it FOR you

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    • Original Poster

      #3
      Wow - awesome jumpy!

      Thank you soooo much!

      Great summary of what I need! I thank you very much. Pretty sharp about the gloves I must say. I never would have thought about that one. Thanks again.

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      • #4
        Go to a good hat store, hat styles are very fashionable and the shape of your hat is important.

        I had slinkies, but a blouse would work too.
        I used to wear black breeches under my black chaps since the chaps fit so close and I already rode english.

        I got a lot of stuff from hobbyhorse, or you can get fashion advice from them and then shop on ebay.

        http://www.hobbyhorseinc.com/10_shop...ing_main.shtml
        http://weanieeventer.blogspot.com/

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        • #5
          Hire a good trainer to come and critique your team clothing or do a display of "current styles" before you shop.

          If none of the Team have a clue on Western, it is VERY EASY to get the wrong stuff. How the hat is shaped, colors, cut of pants and shirt cuffs can be a BIG DEAL in Western showing. You don't want to be doing "old style" clothes and look like you just came from the farm.

          Would be worth your Team money to hire in the trainer, get your eyes "trained" for tuning up your look at shows. Not sure exactly where you would look, there is always a local "expert" but how good they REALLY are can vary. State winners over National Winners, mean that usually the caliber of competition is higher. Look at what these folks have won THIS YEAR. How far do they travel, what kinds of classes do they show in and win, or their students win at? Such a trainer can also help you tune yourself up in Equitation style needed to win. Sees and corrects the little things to improve all of you.

          Western riding, any type of class is is made of many parts, as is a Jumping class. You can't just plop anyone in the saddle wearing Western clothes, and expect them to place or win. Showing is very stylized now, you as a rider need to know what to expect when you get pulled out of the line, or asked to do a pattern. Trainer can help you with this as a Team.

          You also might contact the AQHA and get some recent issues of Quarter Horse Journal, look at the photos of winners. Some of the outfits are amazing, but by looking at many photos, you get a feel for what is currently stylish. Home made is fine if you can make a good finished product. Someone makes those outfits the winners wear! Maybe you could find some used clothing, but you have to know if it is current enough to work for you before purchase. Tack Sales are getting started around here. Many listed on-line in local horse forums, state-local magazines of horse clinics, advertising. Used is cheaper than new.

          You want to present a confident, smooth appearance. Knowing that you have the 'right outfit' will aid you a lot. Know what is expected in your riding classes by having Trainer work with you, will help even more. One thing that will label you as a fake Western rider is a bad hat. Crinkled brim, flat brim in front and back, uneven on each side, tells a Western Judge that you are "just wearing the hat". Same as any other way of dressing, one part done wrong, shows others in that "fashion choice clique" that you have no clue. Western hats are ON your head, boxed away or hung up. NEVER layed on a table, brim down. Sorry, but if you are REALLY western, watching a nice hat get mistreated is a sad thing to see.

          Good luck with your Team.
          Last edited by goodhors; Sep. 6, 2010, 02:45 PM.

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          • #6
            Or - just cause SOMEONE had to say it - wear your helmet! You can even get a blingy helmet cover from Hobby Horse to match your outfit.

            I am a personal fan of the slinky+vest combos (if you decide to pursue it any further, that gives you more wardrobe versatility), but that's personal preference.

            And please, for the love of all that is holy, make sure that your colors will go well with a variety of horses! I've seen some combos that made my eyes bleed, and since you won't know what color your horse is till you get there, shop with that in mind. Blues and greens (staying away from the extremes in those colors) tend to look good on any horse.
            Proud member of the EDRF

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            • #7
              [QUOTE=Kementari;5081663]Or - just cause SOMEONE had to say it - wear your helmet! You can even get a blingy helmet cover from Hobby Horse to match your outfit. /QUOTE]

              This is good, but few younger riders have the confidence to be "the only one" in a class wearing a helmet instead of a hat. And while you don't want to point at Judges, Western Judges tend to be VERY traditional in choosing riders with hats unless the helmeted person is quite superior. And sometimes even then, Judge will choose the rider with a hat to win. Cowboys and Cowgirls just don't wear helmets to go round up things on the ranch.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by goodhors View Post
                This is good, but few younger riders have the confidence to be "the only one" in a class wearing a helmet instead of a hat. And while you don't want to point at Judges, Western Judges tend to be VERY traditional in choosing riders with hats unless the helmeted person is quite superior. And sometimes even then, Judge will choose the rider with a hat to win. Cowboys and Cowgirls just don't wear helmets to go round up things on the ranch.
                If someone's showing in the Alum division, they ought to be old enough to make choices based on more than "it's what everyone else is doing." By the time I was out of college I was wearing a helmet to show western, and I've never felt I was penalized for it on the open show level (never done breed shows, so I can't comment on that, but those I know who have say they've not noticed discrimination there, either, when someone had the cojones to, as Nike says, just do it).

                Like always, it's a choice each person makes for him/herself. I think it's just important for new (to western) riders to KNOW that it's a choice, and not wear a hat just because they think it's outright required.
                Proud member of the EDRF

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                • #9
                  No gloves!!!

                  We don't wear gloves for horsemanship.

                  It's best to go with simple black chaps and black pants (black breeches actually looks GREAT under chaps, it makes the chaps lay really smooth across your legs. I know one girl on the team (actually, she's our english coach) rides in full seats, they give a little extra stick.
                  The black chaps will go with pretty much any shirt. No bling belt, a simple black belt (or whatever your color of chaps are) and a buckle. The round buckle is better to have than nothing, it just completes the look. It doesn't matter whether or not you won it. Boots need to match chaps, so black chaps/black boots. One girl has a green outfit, and her boots and hat are a cream color.

                  Check out hobby horse for shirt ideas.

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                  • #10
                    Here is the winner of the AQHA youth world in horsemanship:

                    http://www.aqha.com/youth/activities...semanship.html

                    Very polished, bling free look. The wave of the future? Maybe!

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                    • #11
                      I agree...NO GLOVES, NO GLOVES, NO GLOVES!

                      If you want to get outfitted inexpensive, I own a show clothes consignment business. The vast majority of my items are western, in every color, size and price range you can imagine. I offer free outfitting info to all of my customers and will help/direct them to the accessories and items that they still need and I don't have in stock.

                      I have over 10 years experience showing AQHA All-Around, in everything from showmanship to hunter under saddle to working cow horse, so can share the most current style and trends out there!
                      The best little horse show series around! www.WinningWeekends.com

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                      • #12
                        Was hoping you'd chime in on this one!

                        Originally posted by sahqueen View Post
                        I agree...NO GLOVES, NO GLOVES, NO GLOVES!

                        If you want to get outfitted inexpensive, I own a show clothes consignment business. The vast majority of my items are western, in every color, size and price range you can imagine. I offer free outfitting info to all of my customers and will help/direct them to the accessories and items that they still need and I don't have in stock.

                        I have over 10 years experience showing AQHA All-Around, in everything from showmanship to hunter under saddle to working cow horse, so can share the most current style and trends out there!
                        I won't touch the helmet debate and will echo the no gloves. Hat style may vary but know what looks good on you. Also when you go to get said hat it helps to have your hair already netted and "done" to get the proper fit on the hat. I showed in a straw for most of the state shows and broke out the felt for the national shows. The team I was on was lucky in the fact most of us wore the same size so we would switch chaps and hats depending on what horse we drew.
                        Adoring fan of A Fine Romance
                        Originally Posted by alicen:
                        What serious breeder would think that a horse at that performance level is push button? Even so, that's still a lot of buttons to push.

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                        • #13
                          This really isn't horsemanship, it's an under saddle EQ class and a pattern class so the clothing is different. In IHSA you draw a horse out of a hat, and without a warmup ride you do your class.
                          http://weanieeventer.blogspot.com/

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by enjoytheride View Post
                            This really isn't horsemanship, it's an under saddle EQ class and a pattern class so the clothing is different. In IHSA you draw a horse out of a hat, and without a warmup ride you do your class.
                            It IS horsemanship, IHSA calls it Horsemanship. It's definitely not pleasure, which is judged on the horse, so it's horsemanship.
                            Beginner Western Horsemanship View Teams View Riders
                            Intermediate Western Horsemanship View Teams View Riders
                            Novice Western Horsemanship View Teams View Riders
                            Advanced Western Horsemanship View Teams View Riders
                            Open Western Horsemanship

                            ^ Copy/pasted from the IHSA website from the results of Nationals.

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                            • #15
                              Not to discourage you and not even sure what region you are in. My old college does Alumni Western and let me tell you the girls competing are the former open riders from their school. Very stiff competition.

                              Have you done reining before? If your in a region where Western is big, I'm a little surprised that you would be allowed in Alumni Western if you didn't show western as an undergrad. I've been away from IHSA for a few years so I don't know the rules.

                              Good Luck!
                              "The horse you get off f is not the same horse you got on. It is your job as a rider to ensure that as often as possible, the change is for the better" - unknown author

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                              • #16
                                I know it's listed as horsemanship, but the outfits we wore were different, it has been a few years though.

                                Here's a video of a class. Pretty accurate representation of the horses in our region.



                                http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gjo3a8aLtFk
                                http://weanieeventer.blogspot.com/

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                                • #17
                                  Wear a belt.

                                  I was disqualified for not wearing a belt in one of my classes

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                                  • #18
                                    So is two-handed rein handling accepted or encouraged in Western? I was surprised to see ALL the riders two-handing with horses in curb bits! That would be something I would never think of talking about. It would be one-hand on the reins automatically, when the outfit is Western.

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                                    • #19
                                      Originally posted by goodhors View Post
                                      So is two-handed rein handling accepted or encouraged in Western? I was surprised to see ALL the riders two-handing with horses in curb bits! That would be something I would never think of talking about. It would be one-hand on the reins automatically, when the outfit is Western.
                                      Everywhere I've ever shown, two-handing (in the show ring) would be cause for disqualification, except on a young horse in a bosal or snaffle.

                                      Of course, some people do it when the judge's back is turned...
                                      Proud member of the EDRF

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                                      • Original Poster

                                        #20
                                        Yes, tell me why the two hands with a curb bit on that video???

                                        Thanks all. Our region/zone is just beginning Western. This will be the second year. We are in Mass. at Mount Holyoke. Our college is ramping up a bigger program and we have purchased 4 Western horses and tack. However, our HOTY ex-junior hunter warmblood, Chandler, is THE BEST at it out of all of them. No kidding. He is quiet, smooth, slow as molasses but responsive and ...gorgeous in Western tack. I could lope all day on him - so comfy! Anyway...I am new to Western and I do appreciate that in some regions I would be very out of my league in alum as they are so competitive. I want to do this just for myself for fun and to support our program and Western in general in our region.

                                        Oh, I loved the Youth winner. I may go ahead and forego bling! She was stunning. But do tell me about the second video link posted showing severl if not all riders using two hands with curb bits??? I too thought two hands only for snaffles and bosals. One hand for curb bits. What up with that?

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