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Choosing the right outfit for your first western show
Deciding on an outfit and tack for your first Western show? You’ve put in the hours of training and practice and you want to look your best, without going over the top. It can be tempting to splash out on a fancy outfit and gear, but when you’re just starting out, it’s probably best to stick to something traditional and that you’ll feel comfortable in.
Debby and Melissa Cameron of Western World Saddlery have both shown Quarter horses in the Western Pleasure industry from a young age, and they each have over 30 years of experience in the horse riding and show industry.
“Performing at your best and proving your competence is far more important than the glitz of your outfit when you’re just starting out, so it’s best to focus on presenting a neat appearance that doesn’t detract from your riding skills,” says Melissa
So what are the essentials of a good show outfit? “First you’ll want some neat trousers or dark coloured jeans with a matching belt, paired with a crisp shirt in either a solid colour or print fabric. Add a neat western hat in a neutral or complementary colour to complete your look.
For Western showmanship, a monochromatic colour scheme presents a more conservative look than contrasting colours on top and bottom. At the lower levels in all western shows, helmets are entirely acceptable. For Western Pleasure shows, a little more ‘flash’ and colour is acceptable,” says Melissa.
Depending on the rules of the show, leather, rope or nylon halters may be allowed. The specific show rules will also dictate whether silver or other embellishments are allowed on the horse’s halters.
Western World Saddlery are stockists of Dale Chavez Western saddles and custom horse show tack. Their new ‘foam-to-fit’ saddles improve fitting especially for difficult fitting horses and help to alleviate soreness. Owners Debby and Melissa are both accredited saddle fitters and offer a service by arrangement whereby they will visit you and your horse to ensure that your new saddle fits properly.
Western World Saddlery in Caboolture Queensland stock a range of Perfect Fit Western Show shirts and jackets, showmanship pants as well as a large range of Wrangler jeans. They also stock a wide range of riding and western boots, helmets, Western hats, saddles, tack and everything equine related. Drop-in at their retail store in Caboolture for expert advice and assistance with compiling your show outfit, or order online and get free shipping on orders over $50.00 Australia wide.
If you require Horse Riding Equipment, Western Saddlery, Horse Supplies, Saddles, Horse Rugs for Sale, Western World Saddlery, Australian, English Saddlery, Western Show Clothing, in Caboolture, Brisbane, Australia or anything equine then go no further than the expert team at Western World Saddlery in Caboolture or call (07) 5428 1564.
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