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Hobby Horse Expands Elements: More Choices Than Just the Janie Tunic

In a recent newsletter, Hobby Horse announced they will be expanding their DIY line. With the recent success of the Janie Tunic, which gives you a blank jacket to add your customizations to, they’ve decided to expand!

“The response has been so amazing, we’re adding several new bodies for next year: short tunic/rail jacket, horsemanship shirt, and a girl’s show tunic. Plus there will be more terrific trims and ways to create your own original work of art using Hobby Horse elements to save time and aggravation.” – Hobby Horse, July E-news and Notes, Special Edition

It’s great to see a company really giving creative minds with no sewing talent a way to shine! Not to mention that it costs a fraction of the price to have a custom designed show outfit made! I  can’t wait to see all the choices next spring!


Hobby Horse Elements? A Money Saver Not on the Website

Unless, it’s hidden in plain sight and I’ve just somehow missed it, Hobby Horse offers more DIY show clothes than just pants and chaps. They have for a while now offered their chap and pant fabric on their website for those with sewing talent.

Today, though, I received the 2011 Hobby Horse catalogue and was excited to see they offer the “Janie Tunic Top” in all the same base colors as the chaps. It’s a plain tunic top made just for you to customize! I gave up long ago on sewing my own and have been searching for a plain pre-made top. Well, here it is. They cost $99.oo and so far, I’ve only seen them in the catalogue (request one here).

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Snap shot from 2011 Hobby Horse catalogue


2011 Hobby Horse Collection Now Available

This month Hobby Horse has released their 2011 collection. There are a lot of great pieces but the best has to be the new color offered for pants and chaps. Turqua. It’s not quite teal but not quite turquoise. As a huge fan of turquoise since I was a lead-liner, this new color is quite exciting to me. I already have a pair of teal chaps but I may need to get a pair of these too!

Preparing Show Clothes!

The other day, I sorted through a pile of show clothes deciding what I needed for this year and which outfits I want to wear. I know I will need to buy a few new pieces and I am really looking forward to it! But knowing buying show clothes can be daunting, I came up with a game plan. I recommend taking the time to go through what you have, and what you need the most before attempting the huge task of finding the right clothes. Here are some tips to get you started filling in your wardrobe or if you are just starting out and on a budget!

  • Consider what level you will be showing at (there’s no need to spend the money on world class outfits to show at the local level)
  • Do some research on how to measure for important things like, hats, jackets, chaps, show pants, and field boots. with the help of a friend measure yourself and record the measurements on a piece of paper you can carry with you to horse fairs, tack shops, and to set beside you while using the internet!
  • Instead of purchasing a number of basic necessities in various colors, choose just one color such as black, chocolate, or tan for a hat, chaps, and show pants. This will allow you to invest a little extra money into quality rather than quantity. A quality hat and chaps are important because they are items that you will be able to use for years.
  • Stick to a solid color saddle blanket. It’s cheaper and can be used with many shirts.
  • Picking your tops will be easy! eBay has a number of very reasonable show shirts that can be used for western classes.
  • If you want to spend a bit of extra money on something nice and/or sparkly, I recommend looking for an all-day jacket. It’s a piece that is suitable for both halter classes as well as riding classes!
  • When looking for English attire stick to what is basic and classic. A black or navy hunt coat (well tailored!), a white hunt shirt, and tan breeches. Most of these items can be found at a number of price levels.
  • Field boots and hunt caps can be tricky but can be found used for a better price. If you’re looking for field boots remember boot black and a good leather conditioning can go a long way to help sprucing a boot up. Just be careful not to show in rubber boots or boots where the calf is way, way too big (it looks sloppy). The hunt cap should fit well and the velvet should not be discolored or saggy (as they get that way when they’re old).
  • Remember that most things like shirts and jackets can be tailored inexpensively for a more custom look and crystals can be added to show shirts!

One last tip, don’t feel pressured to have to buy something at a horse fair or tack shop. Sometimes the ‘sales’ really aren’t that great. Do try a lot of things on and check out quality so if you purchase things online, you have a better idea of fit and what to expect. Also, don’t be afraid to check out some non-horsey stores for jackets and shirts. I have a shomanship jacket I bought at Marshall’s for $15.00…added a few crystals and ta-da showmanship jacket! Good Luck!

Customize a Hobby Horse Jacket

Hobby Horse has been offering fairly affordable, trendy show clothes for years. They are a great option but can sometimes seem a bit common and, for really um…”thrifty” people like me, still too costly for what you get. Not to mention I almost always have trouble fitting properly into their clothes. I still love this company though and here’s why; they have great sales. Each year, Hobby Horse offers their Broken Heart Sale. It offers up the season’s clothes at great prices in order to make room for next year’s inventory. In my undying quest to find a cheaper way to get a custom look, I’ve turned back to Hobby Horse. After my failed attempt at  making a simple black jacket from scratch, I came across the SwitchIt Jacket. It’s a simple  jacket with some sparkle and a nice cut. The best part, it’s on sale for $59.00 and comes in two base color options. You can purchase the cuffs and collars, choose to make your own, or leave it just as it is. Perfect! 

I love it because it saves me a lot of time and effort on trying to make the black base for a custom jacket plus the seams allow for some custom tailoring. One other great thing, with as simple as the jacket is, it would be easy to buy or make appliques to add and give it a more custom look. I plan on adding simple ultrasuede circles to the bottom edge of mine, an idea I got from a jacket I saw at QH Congress.