When I was at the show this last weekend there was a lady there who was loaning her horse to a friends daughter. The horse was a sweet girl, but not show quality compared to the other horses. The lady came into the stands and asked some others if the look really mattered. She said back in her 4h days everyone wore a white shirt and black jeans. This way they were being judge on how they rode and not how they looked. The ladies she asked replied by stating the look doesn't matter. The lady then asked why then are the girls with the total package always at the top and the girls like hers at the bottom. They didn't have an answer for her. So it got me thinking how are they being judged? Does the total package matter? Will you be noticed if your just in a basic outfit and non matching saddle pad? I know we all have our own opinions on this topic but I think its good for new show parents to see what is realistic in the show world.
I have my own ideas on this question but I'm wanting to know what you think.