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“Mimi” blouses combine bold color with a silver glitter overlay print for a classic presentation, perfect for halter and in hand classes. Show men don’t have to worry about bling in the ring: a well-shaped hat, starched shirt, slacks or starched jeans, remain the gentlemen’s show uniform of choice. Halters may have exotic, jewelry-like trims in traditional silver as well as copper and bronze treatments. More handlers are opting for custom halters designed to flatter a particular horse’s head and eyes by being made-tomeasure with carefully chosen accents or conchos. When you’ve decided on your best show looks for the year, plan a dress rehearsal and have a friend take snapshots or video of you and your horse to evaluate the impression you’ll create in the arena. Fine-tune your presentation, then pack your trailer knowing you’ve done your homework and you’re now ready to win. © 2013 Suzanne Vlietstra. Writing or riding, Suzanne Vlietstra enjoys horses and their people. Vlietstra is president of Hobby Horse Clothing Company (www.hobbyhorseinc.com) a show apparel manufacturer, and also owns a 50-horse boarding stable. JUNE/JULY 2013 Miniature Horse World 25


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