Best Turned Out

Since I started writing this blog about 50 something posts ago, I have learned some valuable lessons about this crazy world we live in.  I get some pretty interesting comments and email messages..most of which I hide from the public view because quite frankly some of them are a bit disturbing.  And that’s saying a lot coming from me!

First there is a good portion of the male population all over the world that have some very twisted thoughts about equestrian women.  Second, and this one I find to be even more upsetting, there are a lot of insecure women out there, which unfortunately fuels them to lash out at other women. One female reader just felt the need to comment “Gag” on one of my recent posts. Now I’m all for constructive critism…but I really don’t get much from blatant insults.

Once again it saddens me that there is so much negative energy out there, in addition to a decline in basic values and what seems to be an overall apathetic attitude towards the world around us.  Nine years ago when I dropped out of my masters program in Clinical Psychology I went through a three-month depression (go figure!). One day I found myself flipping through an abnormal psychology book and glanced over the section on  depression. It explained that several doctors recommended recovering patients to get up and make their bed first thing in the morning. In fact studies have been done that claim people who made their bed on a daily basis reported to being happier with their lives than those who left their bed in shambles. 

And this totally made sense to me! It also became clear to me why some schools require students to wear a strict uniform like I had at my high school.  The thought is that if young people are dressed nicely they will be more likely to behave nicely as well.  And this is something I have been saying for years about riding being a discipline. When we take a little pride in what we wear to the barn, to the show, it will directly affect how we interact with the horse and ultimately affect how we ride.

I was so thrilled to see this little theory of mine come to life a few days ago here at the Dressage Show in San Juan Capistrano. LA Saddlery was proud to sponsor the jog, and presented the Best Turned Out Award to one of the well dressed riders.  Yes, the jog is about the horse, but as the rider you are a direct reflection of how your horse looks, behaves, and feels. Your horse will take cues from your overall demeanor, and it just makes good sense that if you take the time to be polished and refined that your horse will be too. 

And that’s exactly what I saw.  Overall the riders that had dressed up  had horses who were much more relaxed than the riders who were in their dirty barn clothes.  Now I am not saying this is true for all cases, because you can be very well dressed like me and still be a neurotic mess…which is why my last horse was a total head case! But I’m just saying that if you make an effort to look like Megan O’Brien (shown below) who was my pick for Best Turned Out, your chances of having a more laid back and gentle horses increases greatly.  And her horse, who by the way was dressed to match her overall style, was one of the sweetest and mild-mannered horses I had seen all day!

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She got extra props for sporting white pants at the barn and still looked clean and sharp. You all know I am a sucker for white pants!

I love that she not only wore flats instead of tennies,  but they had adorable feminine details on them.

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Her jacket was well fitted and had a very delicate lace trim, a nice touch I thought. 

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Her hair was smooth and elegant, and her makeup looked fresh and modern.  Basically the perfect combination of style and class that earned her a $200 gift certificate at LA Saddlery!

I also wanted to give you all some fun examples of how you too can look polished for the jog, the barn, or just around town in actual riding clothes.  This is my friend Rochelle, my muse, my rock. She’s one of the most positive, fun-loving and brilliant people in my life, and I have lovingly named her my hanger because as you can see all clothes look good on her!


Joules printed top, PK Sportswear breeches, Sergio Grasso chocolate Verona Boots.  Also try adding a pretty leather belt or summer scarf to dress up your overall look.


Beautiful Winston show shirt paired with USG breeches.  I love a colored paddock boot with a skinny jean or skirt.  The Barbour bag and cap just finish off this adorable look. 


Plaid Pikeur breeches, Dubarry ruffled blouse and Dubarry boots.  Love this look! She just looks bright and happy…nothing to gag about here!

Photos by Tiffany Kyees Photography.


1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. Corinna
    Apr 01, 2013 @ 17:15:13

    Loved this post! The colored paddock boots are awesome… and thanks for showing a shot from the dressage show!


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