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Turnout Review #1 with John Greenall

In this feature, John Greenall, ADS Registered Pleasure Judge, reviews photos submitted by our readers and offers tips for making a great impression in the show ring.


Photo 1 - The angle of this photograph makes it difficult to determine the fit of the harness and balance between the horse and carriage. However, it appears to be correct. Braiding, as long as it is done well, always neatens up a turnout. The one change I would suggest would to be to add more color to the driver's attire. She would need to experiment with this as she has a very colorful horse, but her appearance could be brightened up to compliment that.



Photo 2 - This is a very attractive turn-out. The black harness is correct with the natural wood cart as it has black iron. While the vehicle is in balance with the horse, the turn-out could be improved if the carriage was a bit higher. This could be done by blocking up the springs. The driver's tailored look is nice, but by adding some color accents it would be more striking.



Photo 3 - The best part of this turn-out is that the horses are going so well together and that the carriage is in balance with the pair. Unfortunately, the pictures are quite dark which makes me want to suggest lighter colors. Perhaps a grey jacket and a tie with color. I cannot see if there is a pin stripe, but if there is, try to match it. This is a nice enough turn-out to have the driver wear a grey top hat and have formal livery. A straw boater would also look great and will help to brighten things up. The overall impression here is very nice and with a few touches, very elegant.



Photo 4 - This is a nicely balance two wheeled vehicle, very suitable for pleasure or dressage. Both the driver and passenger need aprons. Since the cart stain is so light, I would suggest a dark plaid to give the turn-out some color. The driver could wear a more feminine hat and perhaps the passenger could wear a cap other than blue. I would also suggest darkening the gloves. The back strap of the harness has "loops" which is fine for the Morgan show ring, but not for pleasure driving. With a little work, this can be a lovely turn-out.


Adding Color to Your Turnout

Color can be added in subtle ways, such as a hat band, scarf, silk flowers, tie, binding around aprons, yarn in the braids, etc. Or it can be added boldly with a jacket, plaid apron, striped blouse or unique hat. People need to do what is comfortable, but they also need to realize that they are competing with everyone else in the ring for the judges eye. That's why those Western riders work so hard on their outfits, they are on just one of 150 chestnut or bay horses in a pleasure class! Good examples of drivers that used color to their advantage are George Hoffman and Sharon Chesson and Lana Wright.

Colors that work with a horse depends a great deal on the carriage. Yellow and green always work with chestnuts and just about anything works with black. Don't forget that there are other colors out there besides hunter green...like teal!

- John Greenall


See other Turnout Reviews

Turnout Review 2

Turnout Review 3

Turnout Review 4

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