Jog is complete – Fashion cops are handing out fines

Dasha Ivandaeva and Autorytet. Dasha was one of the few to tuck her scarf in tight so it did NOT flap about causing a distraction. The white scarf with her black outfit certainly contrast nicely but also showcases her grey horse. Well done and a 10 for you.

The Dutta Corp. Fair Hill International has begun. The jog was today and the riders were presenting in an orderly but quick fashion as the weather was wet. Luckily, it was warm and during the jog the few down pours were short lived.

The ground jury was in a real “holding” kind of mood and six out of the 112 horses presented were held in the CCI2* and two will not be competing this weekend.

  • Calvin Ramsey withdrew Flintstar from the holding box.
  • After a conversation with the ground jury, April Simmonds and Impressively done were eliminated. Unfortunately, Impressively Done had a hot nail on Monday and had not quite recovered from it by Wednesday afternoon, but he will be fine.

Four horses were held in the CCI3* out of the 54 presented but they were all accepted upon re-inspection.

Rainy day fashion:

It was a rather disappointing fashion show and that is likely because the weather was so wet. Riders maybe chose to save their best outfits for a nice day. Hopefully, we will see their “Sunday best” on Sunday.

Riders hardly get a chance to express their individual style and the jog up allows them to wear what they choose. Some riders embrace the opportunity and put in some effort, others obviously don’t care. To each their own, but I cannot help but provide some advice on how riders could look better during the jog.

Why bother? Sponsors people. Looking good and polished can actually contribute to your bottom line.

13 crimes of fashion to avoid at the jog:

  1. Fabric choice: You will be running… so remember the fabric will blow around and adhere to your body, revealing your most private flaws. Flowing skirts, especially short ones are likely to give the spectators more than they paid for. The wet t-shirt contest is at a different location. Loose shirts made from fine fabric on a rainy day are not a good idea unless you are sporting a six pack.
  2. Scarves: Do not look attractive blowing about in a jog. On three different occasions today, scarves blew over the riders’ faces. At the best of times, scarves are a frumpy accessory for old people. Leave your scarves at home or use them for shining your boots.
  3. Pink pants: Too many and not sure why.
  4. White pants: It’s Fall.
  5. Tights…should be banned: You wear breeches daily…can you maybe add another look to your wardrobe? You realize that only a small amount of the population can pull off this look. A skinned partridge is likely not the look you are going for.
  6. Ballet flats with a dress: Fashion jail time for you. This is an appropriate look if you are under the age of 12. If you cannot jog in heels, where tall boots with your dress or wear pants.
  7. Belts: Are an important accessory. Don’t just choose any old piece of leather to hold up your pants. White belts are an absolute “NO”, unless you are wearing white shoes, or white pants.
  8. Ripped jeans: I am assuming there was a fall on the way to the jog.
  9. Wrinkled pants: This can be solved with a thing called an iron. Most households have one, if yours does not, department stores carry them.
  10. Too many colours: Harmony please. You should not be a flurry of noise on the eyes down the jogging lane. Keep it to no more than three colours including black or brown.
  11. Clashing with your horse: Wear something that compliments the colour of your star. You are a pair.
  12. Keep it classy: You don’t have to spend a lot of money, but jog in the outfit before hand and have your mother (honesty required) or a trusting friend tell you how it looks. Have some one take pictures as you jog so you can identify the problem areas before you head down the jog lane looking like a hot wet mess.
  13. Scowling faces: Smile people…this is a sport and it should be fun. A picture is worth a thousand words and most of you look miserable. Yes it was raining but so what? You people shovel horse crap regularly so how unpleasant can rain be?

In addition to Dasha, five riders earned top marks for their fashion sense in the CCI2*.

Jennie Brannigan and Henry. Jennie was the only one that managed to rock ballet flats and tights. The red jacket and the pop of red on her shoes ties this outfit together beautifully. We give her a 10. She also gets bonus points for smiling and patting her horse!

Jennie Brannigan and Henry. Jennie was the only one that managed to rock ballet flats and tights. The red jacket and the pop of red on her shoes ties this outfit together beautifully. We give her a 10. She also gets bonus points for smiling and patting her horse!

 

Callie Evans and Glendening Avis. Callie chose a colour palette that compliments her horse, is comfortable and looks classy. She gets a 10 to start off the weekend and she will likely get more 10s in dressage.

Callie Evans and Glendening Avis. Callie chose a colour palette that compliments her horse, is comfortable and looks classy. She gets a 10 to start off the weekend and she will likely get more 10s in dressage.

Boyd Martin and (we lost track of what horse this was). Regardless, Boyd always looks good and he brings it to the jogs with class and style. We give him a 10 down the jogging line!

Boyd Martin and (we lost track of what horse this was). Regardless, Boyd always looks good and he brings it to the jogs with class and style. We give him a 10 down the jogging line!

 

Kyle Carter and Cooley Nothing Better. Kyle's serious nature during the jog reminded me of the "mean model look". Maybe he was reliving his modelling days! But he did keep it classy and I think he has been shopping. He gets a 10 even without Jen there to dress him.

Kyle Carter and Cooley Nothing Better. Kyle’s serious nature during the jog reminded me of the “mean model look”. Maybe he was reliving his modelling days! But he did keep it classy and I think he has been shopping. He gets a 10 even without Jen there to dress him.

 

Heather Gillette and Boris O'Hara. With the simple addition of a pink coat, Heather took this outfit up a notch and scored a perfect 10.

Heather Gillette and Boris O’Hara. With the simple addition of a pink coat, Heather took this outfit up a notch and scored a perfect 10.

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