Dirty boots. Ill-fitting tack. Number obscuring hair bows. Sometimes the littlest things can make a bad impression on the judge!

Julie Winkel, a hunter and equitation judge with more than 30 years experience, shared a few (dozen or so) turnout gripes in her EquestrianCoach.com blog post “Judges’ Pet Peeves: Hunter & Equitation.” We’ve repackaged her hard-earned wisdom here (with permission) in a highlights reel. Consider it your style cheat sheet for winning over the judge.

Find more tips from Judge Julie at EquestrianCoach.com.