Fashion Forecast 22 Miniature Horse World JUNE/JULY 2013 exhibitors wear black basics, you’ll see more color tip-toeing into the show ring this year as competitive exhibitors realize a distinctive color scheme can help them look like a coordinated team with their horse. Color and silhouette, used carefully, will make it easier for the judge to choose you and your horse amongst a sea of black. 2013 By Suzanne Vlietstra It’s show time... are you ready to win? It will take more than an adequate turnout and average go to win tough AMHA classes this year; every detail of your performance and presentation must be perfect to create a winning impression in the show ring. You and your horse will need to dress for success as well as perform with precision and polish to look like winners in 2013. Color and silhouette are the two visual tools you’ll have to create a great first impression as you enter the arena. While a majority of Earth-tone colors flatter horses with red in their coats like chestnuts, sorrels, and red roans. Rust, sand, soft vanilla and chocolate are all attractive base colors with these horses, while the brighter jewel-tones like red, purple, and royal blue enhance horses with black, white, or brown hair like bay and gray horses. Versatile blue-green shades including olive, turqua, and deep green are a safe bet on any horse and handler combination. Don’t be afraid to use black, but remember to take special care to make your black outfit distinctive in a crowded arena. Silhouette refers to the outline of horse and handler as seen by the judge from center ring. Your clothes should fit trim without excess fabric, yet not be skin tight. Minor tailoring alterations can make a big difference here, and remember stretch fabrics and carefully fitted clothing will create a flattering silhouette that’s comfortable and attractive. Flapping clothing and flying hair distract from the crisp silhouette you’ll want to create when you’re often 50 to 100 feet away from the judge. It’s show time... are you ready to win? Photos by Hobby Horse Clothing.
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