So I got the shafts for the meadowbrook and we are still in the process of putting it all back together. I have gotten a few pic's using an actual camera, not the cell phone. But on the topic of turnout, did you know that is an actual class requirement when driving? Yep, you get points for your 'turnout' or your overall appearance as a driver in the cart. One thing I have found you will lose points for- sunglasses. You are wearing a hat, so that should block the sun enough for your right?
In some classes (reinsmanship) you want the focus to be on you, other classes, you are part of the overall picture but the main focus should be on the horse. And it all starts with a hat... I happened to find one at Target on our way to the airshow a couple weeks ago.
It is a nice light tan color with a brown sorta leather-ish band to match the trim in the brim. I think a nice chocolate brown top with yellow accents as well as a brown driving apron with yellow trim or monogram, should compliment the color of my pony quite well.
Target also had a blueish gray hat that is very similar. I am thinking it would look nice with a navy blue coat and a light blue accent color. (I am open to ideas here...!) The hats are around $13 each and certainly not going to break the bank. But I am also still looking for something with a little bit smaller brim. I can only imagine these flying off or the brim flipping down, blocking my sight. Neither one being reasons I would want to stand out for.
There is a post on one of the mini horse forums where a woman by the name of Myrna posted quite a few pictures of her turnout with her mini. Some of them look fine, but then when she points out the finer things as the judges see them, you start to understand the subtleties involved. Too much of one color, not enough of another and your turnout stands out for the wrong reasons.
In her post, Myrna speaks of John Greenall who posted a few articles of turnout review on CarriageDriving.net There are 4 reviews with a few different pictures in each one, and they can be found on the left hand side or they are linked at the end of the article. One thing is for sure, I need dark colored gloves. Looking through all of the photos on the various websites- it is easy to see why. Without them your hands stand out against the dark colors.
So there are my ideas so far. As Myrna did, I may be taking a few trial runs around the arena, in the sun and getting some pictures as we will look when showing. It will be a good way to see what needs to be fixed, changed or left alone.
There are two ADT's or Arena Driving Trials coming up next weekend. I was hoping to have had everything together and be ready for them. Hahahaha, not going to happen. I may want to go and I may really want to be competing, but all in due time. I want my pony to do well, so I am not going to push him for too much, too soon. That never works. Especially not for the horses.