Tag Archives: Show Preparation


I’m terrible about not only taking photos but getting photos posted too. You’re in luck today though! Here a few updates on previous posts. Not too long ago I wrote a post about Long Manes and my trials with Tango’s. Well, I’d been doing a well-conditioned running braid  for a while but I have recently abandoned it. For whatever reason no matter if it’s a tight or loose braid, it doesn’t end well. She gets it loose and loses a bunch in just a day or two. So, I think I’m going to end up sticking to what made her mane long in the first place, good ole conditioning and leaving it be. (I’ll try this for a bit anyway until I get bored and think I have to do something with it.)

Another photo update I have for you involves my horse show kit. I think I was a bit too ambitious with the idea and quite frankly didn’t really offer anything unique. Well, in my quest to find something cool and pretty to put the kits into I discovered there aren’t really any non-tacky, inexpensive, horsey carrying bags. As, somebody who thinks they can sew, I immediately came up with the idea of horse themed cosmetic bags. Here’s a picture of the constructed but not sewn first attempt. It turned out well and can be customized with hand-embroidery. I’ll be filling them up with some essential horse show items too! What do you think? I’ve already completed this one and have been using it myself. I love it!



Finishing Touches: Accessories & Makeup for the Show Pen

I see a lot of different styles when it comes to the personal touches beyond show clothes. Some girls where no makeup while others really cake it on, no jewelry, some jewelry, neutral nails and the totally manicured. So, what of it? When I was growing up, I was told to not wear nail polish and that my nails were to be neat and clean or wear gloves. I don’t really stand by that now. I do however stand by, that if you’re not going to wear gloves your nails should be neat, neutral or at least complement your outfit. 

I recommend using O.P.I. nail polish for showing, it’s durable and comes in a huge variety of neutral colors (making it easy to find one you like!) The only draw back is the price! You can find a lot of other neutral nail colors for less at your local drugstore, I also really like Forever 21‘s selection of neutral polishes.

As far as makeup goes, I don’t wear a lot on a day-to-day basis so when I want to glam up for a horse show I don’t always have the makeup I need, but I also don’t want to spend a lot on it. I love E.L.F. products. They range in price from $1 to $5 with everything you need! Their products are especially great if you don’t wear makeup normally but want to for shows. My number one tip for horse show makeup: Don’t over do it. You want to enhance your features not look like a clown. Evening makeup is what you’re going for and to compliment your overall appearance.

Finally, my favorite, jewelry! This can get pricey quick but it’s a great way to add sparkle to your look without buying expensive jackets dripping with crystal or taking the time to add your own. Pretty much anything goes for this, but remember to not over do it and to not wear any dangling earrings. I like Forever 21 for earrings because they have a lot of great ones for under $4 (even sets!) Since they aren’t made of precious metal and stones, if you lose one (which happens a lot while showing) it’s not a huge loss. You can also find a lot of pretty costume jewelry at antique stores.

Just remember the goal with accessories is not to distract or draw attention to things like active hands (with a lot of rings and bright nail polish) or a bouncy, oddly moving horse with dangling earrings and necklaces flopping around (uncomfortable any way!). You want to enhance your overall finished, polished appearance! Be sure to still have fun with it and add your own uniqueness!

Countdown to the Pinto World Championship!

Are you ready for it? I will be once again watching it from home…and likely work too. Someday, someday, I tell you…I will get to actually go! But for this year, I am prepared to be glued to the live webcast of the Pinto World Championships which starts June 8th and will continue throughout the duration of the show! I can’t wait! And if you’re preparing for the journey to Tulsa, Stay Safe and Good Luck!

DIY Hat Shaping

I have a nice tan Rodeo King, 10X hat. One spring I spent about $20.00 (or something like that) to get it shaped. I have never worn it again because it was a terrible reshaping. It was uneven and awkward. I had considered just getting rid of the hat rather than putting more money into it, since I don’t wear it often. Then, I started doing some thinking and found a simple way for DIY hat reshaping.

Then, I thought, ” I will probably ruin this hat further and probably don’t have the stuff to get it done any way.” I was wrong.

I checked out a couple of videos on YouTube:

The only equipment you need is tea kettle and your hands (although if you have a hat brush handy, it’s helpful). I’ve learned felt hats, especially decent or higher quality are very forgiving, if you don’t get it right at first. I really enjoyed the process and don’t think I did too shabby for the first time ( I wish I would have taken a before picture!) It didn’t take more than 15 minutes to do and was in a way kind of relaxing, I even made myself a nice cup of tea at the end.

Midwest Horse Fair Starting Tomorrow!

Starting tomorrow and going through Sunday, the Midwest Horse Fair in Madison, Wisconsin is another chance to get some shopping in before show season! I really wish I could go this weekend. I’ve missed every horse fair this year! It’s being held at the Alliant Energy Center. I hope everybody enjoys the fair and let me know if you find some good deals or see cool new products!

Midwest Horse Fair® — One of the top 3-day Horse Fairs in America – Madison, Wisconsin!.

Spring Fun, Broken Doors, and the Fear of Spending Money

I have really, really been enjoying the last couple of warm days. Monday, I finally go to ride outside and it was glorious! The horses, especially Milo who wouldn’t stop running for a good 20 minutes, loved being outside. Yesterday, Todd and I went for lunch at one of our favorite spots and sat outside, then I felt it was definitely necessary to go for a jog when I got home. Oh jeez, when will I ever not die while attempting to run? Someday…and someday my show pants will fit again!

This morning we were greeted with the office door being jammed. Jammed as in it took five guys about an hour to finally get it open. It’s now sitting ajar without a lock or handle, slightly beaten up. Did it really keep me from doing my work? No. Did it give me enough of an excuse to meander around the lab and not do any work? Yes. It also gave me time to order a pair of chap inserts…finally.

The mangled door...

Facing the facts is hard, especially when the facts are a: I am not going to lose weight as fast as I imagine I could (I just don’t have the drive, motivation, or will power) b: I have to come up with a solution to be able to squeeze into my show clothes. My solution for chaps, is the chap inserts, which I bought today. They cost $57.00 with shipping, not bad considering the alternative of getting new chaps. However, I haven’t spent that much money outside of horse bills in a long time. It really freaked me out. I’ve become so driven to save money for showing and riding…and well just keeping my horses, I’ve forgotten that it is OK and in fact normal to spend money on occasion. Oh and I also have a job so I can earn back what I just spent. The fear of spending is fun-crippling and ridiculous in someways and good in others. I know I can save but now that I’ve bought one thing, I want to buy so much more!


In a previous post, I gave some tips to filling out a wardrobe on a budget. I mentioned that finding a quality hat and chaps are important rather than a variety of really cheap sets. Quality doesn’t mean you have to spend a bazillion dollars on a 100x felt hat. There are a number of mid-range options that look great, last, and don’t cost a fortune. My choice of show hat is Bailey’s 4x Lighting felt hat. Bailey’s has a wide selection of western hats that range in price and quality but the Lightning hat is my favorite. The style comes in a wide range of colors and sizes and ranges in price from $89.00-$125.00 (depending on color). Most of my hats have been purchased through Rods which offers the option of shaping the hat to suit your event (for a show hat, choose the quarter horse crease). You can also purchase the hat through Amazon, but would need to have it shaped elsewhere.

The beauty of these hats is that they are not a high enough quality to bring their prices through the roof but they are quality enough to be used for a number of years and at almost any level of show. They also do a decent job of holding their shape and color and are easily reshaped.They are a classic hat for a great price. Most super cheap hats reflect that quality with poor shape, color, and durability. A properly shaped and classic hat can make a world of difference in the show ring and your show outfit. Be careful not to skimp too much on this important piece of show attire.

Coming Up Soon! My tips for taking care of that show hat!