Clinic Topics

Expected to be covered are Ring Work, Cones, Show Clothing, Bitting/Rein Board, Marathon/Trail, and Driven Dressage. We also hope to have a variety of carriages available for viewing.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Driving attire - Debra McCarthy

Whether you show in hunter seat equitation, western pleasure or carriage driving, attention to detail often makes the difference between a good performance and a ribbon-winning one. As exhibitors, it is important to realize that when two competitors are tied in performance, turnout is often considered as the tie-breaker.

Following “traditional” fashion guidelines, a lady’s driving attire not only has to fit well, and be complimentary to the individual’s figure, it must also coordinate well with her harness, vehicle, and of course, her horse.

Debra will discuss competition show clothing, and how to put outfits together, as well as:

v Where to Buy Clothing
v Proper Fit and Tailoring
v What Neckline is Appropriate
v Accessorizing
v Footwear
v Makeup – Too Much or Too Little
v Shopping on a Budget
v Rain Gear and Waterproofs
v The Proper Hat and How to Wear It

For ladies who are apprehensive about wearing a hat, don’t despair. EVERYONE looks good in hats. It’s simply a matter of finding the right style brim to compliment you and knowing how to wear your hair.

Riding since she was a child, Debra has coached intercollegiate riders for three Northeast colleges, and has been a licensed Standardbred trainer for many years. She has shown in equitation, ladies side saddle, hunters, combined training and pleasure driving. Many of you will recognize Debra – she has served as the announcer for the Lorenzo Driving Competition in Cazenovia NY since 1997, and announces several carriage driving shows throughout upstate NY. On breaks, she can usually be found meandering through the hat vendor’s tents looking for “yet another hat” to add to her collection.

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