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24 Miniature Horse World JUNE/JULY 2013 For showgirls, shapely show apparel made from stretch fabrics with lots of embellishment is standard now; expect layers of applique in balanced or asymmetrical designs topped with extensive use of sequins, rhinestones, beads, jewels, and even curious accents of fur or other unusual textiles to draw attention to a particular area of the garment such as the shoulders. Show tops may have several types of fabric combined to make a statement piece with unifying bands of heavy crystals, chains, and fringe. The look is dramatic and very, very ornate. These elaborate show tops may be costly as well: price tags for thousands of dollars are not unusual for unique show tops that are truly wearable western art. Strong visual effects create drama in the show ring. “Cadence” from Hobby Horse’s Carousel Collection pairs a vanilla suit with olive and black applique and hundreds of crystals for a stunning statement of western show style. At the opposite end of the spectrum, and perhaps as a backlash to very ornate show apparel, simple tailored blouses in solid colors are also finding a place in the show ring sometimes paired with a tailored hip-length vest. Technical stretch fabrics with moisturewicking and soil-resistant features make great show tops that are comfortable and practical. Show pants, too, are being offered in hi-tech materials that bring comfort and easy-care qualities to traditional tailored pants. For showmanship, lavishly decorated suits with matching slim pants and boots colored to match the suit pants are this year’s look; these suits often have even more dramatic trim as the judge evaluates showmanship handlers from only a few feet away and smaller details will catch their eye. Western hats, shaped with a squared brim in front and steeply rising sides in an almost-taco shape, may have contrasting exotic leather bands or perhaps a hand-painted or rhinestone flourish accenting the brim. Valhalla Miniature Horses and Tack Your source for quality Miniature Tack and Horses for over 22 years. Westminster, Maryland | 410-404-3365 | www.valhallafarm.net


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