I’m sure this question has been asked before but I tried searching using many different key words/phrases and couldn’t find anything so please forgive me if this is a common question/observation.
I recently fell back into showing after about 5 years away from competitions (getting my bachelors degree and wasn’t able to ride often enough to train for a show and didn’t have the money). A few weeks ago I attended a pretty large show for my state and noticed much more variation in show attire and saddlepad coloring than what I remembered from frequent showing throughout my teens just 5 years ago (think hunter green coats with matching hunter green saddlepads in the showring). I know USDF rules for horse and rider attire say “conservative” but I saw people who really straddled that line…and it was awesome.
So I suppose my question is, how do you usually dress yourself and your horse for a show? Not a schooling show but an actual qualifying show. Where do you think the line of “conservative color” is or should be? Definitely thinking of revamping my old-school black and white look for my next show but curious about what this community thinks. Finally, I’m obsessed with this pad and I think the blue piping is fine but wondering if the blue fleece is crossing the aforementioned line. https://www.hufglocken.com/collectio…e-velvet-blues
Edit to say: I agree with you all and think I’ll forego on this pad for showing due to the color and the logo. They do have a custom pad option so perhaps you’ll see me with a more conservative variation in the future!