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Wyn is a stables owner that chooses his outfits depending on his horse.
What role do clothes play in your life?
The horses are my first love. But to make my job easier I want to look the part, like a professional, and that’s what influences my wardrobe. I’m a bit of a perfectionist – I wear the right clothes at the right time – that’s quite important to me. I don’t want to look like a nutter wearing tweed while everyone else is in jeans!
Where do you buy all these unique clothes?
I buy most of them from shows, like the Royal Welsh. There are fantastic clothes there and you can buy them off the peg or get them measured to fit perfectly like I do!
What sort of clothes would you wear to show your horses?
I wear a tweed suit to show Mountain and Moorelands. I’ve had this suit for about ten years now and it’s as good as new. Wearing nice clothes that fit well makes me feel happier. Even if you haven’t got the best horse, if you’re looking professional, it comes across that way.
Can you guess which horse someone’s going to show from what they’re wearing?
Some people get it wrong, but most of the time you can tell what people are showing from their clothes! Most of it is etiquette, there are one or two rules, but most of it is etiquette.
Do people wear different things in different places?
In England, there’s a lot more ‘green welly brigade’ and tweed. We did some point to point racing in England recently, and I’ve never seen so much tweed. They were all – men, women and children – wearing tweed! There’s a lot more tweed in England than what there is in Wales.
Do you wear different things when you’re adjudicating in shows?
I wear this black suit when I’m adjudicating and to show ‘show ponies’. I can wear a shirt and a colourful tie with it. When I’m adjudicating, I’ll take my hat off when I’ve chosen a winner. People like to see you taking your hat off!
What would you wear to go shooting?
I’d wear this red coat to go shooting. I’ll wear it on special days such as Boxing Day and New Year’s Day. It’s only the masters that wear the red jackets. You have to be asked to be a master, you can’t just get up one morning and decide that you’re one – you have to earn the respect and get asked to be one.
What do the buttons on your coat signify?
When you’re a master, you have four buttons, the people that work during the hunt have five and the ordinary folk have three! These buttons go back years and years, they’ve been made out of leather or something similar with a picture of a horse on it and the letters PHC = Pembrokeshire Hunt Club.
I love these amazing boots! Where did you get these?
I got these from a friend of mine. They belonged to a soldier in Russia and they had a massive Cuban heel on them. My friend didn’t know what to do with them so I though, ‘I’ll have these’. I had them altered and I wear them now to go shooting – I’ve had them for a few years now.
What’s so special about horse racing?
The adrenalin rush! Once you’ve done it, you have to keep going, it’s a real thrill. I don’t bet or anything like that, but it’s nice to see a horse galloping, running well, getting better with every race. And it’s nice to see them winning of course!
Why does every jockey wear different colours?
Everyone that owns a horse has their own colour. I’ve got a white horse, and its colours are green and red with a white cap. My own colour is blue and black. When I started doing point to point racing, I fell so often, I was always blue and black so that’s why I decided on the colours!
I’ve heard that you like your details and that you’re famous for your socks!
Yes! I like to have a bit of fun with my clothes. There’s no point wearing boring clothes and taking everything too seriously – you have to have a bit of fun.
I’m sure not many men wear pink trousers in the competing ring do they?
Not yet, but watch this space – they’re sure to follow!
- CWPWRDD DILLAD