It’s nearly show season & I have no idea what to wear!
Do I wear a stock or tie?
What colour jodhpurs do I wear?
Do I wear short boots or long boots?
These are all commonly asked questions. Do not worry, here at Naylors’ we have everything you need for a full competition outfit, from the jacket and boots to the hair accessories. Sit back, relax, and i’ll talk you through it.
For the full run down on the correct Dressage attire take a look at the British Dressage Rules Handbook.
For Introductory to Advanced Medium Tests (including FEI Junior tests) short jacket or tweed coat can be worn and must be a dark colour. No bright coloured tweed is allowed. A correctly tied stock and white collar or shirt and tie should be worn with either plain white, beige or cream jodhpurs.
Boots are to be black, brown or the same colour as the jacket and may be long or jodhpur boots. Gaiters of the same leather as the boots may be worn. Gloves must be worn.
For the full run down on what can and can’t be worn at affiliated Show Jumping classes click here.
In basic terms traditional styled jackets or new styled jackets can be worn in the show ring as long as they are not the British Team colours (dark blue with a red collar and white piping, Union flag positioned on the breast pocket area).
Short or long sleeved shirts can be worn and must be either white or light pastel coloured for woman. Cuffs must be white and if a jacket is not worn the shirt must have sleeves -either short or long. Breeches must be white, yellow or fawn.
Jodhpur boots or long riding boots can be worn. Juniors may wear half chaps in black or brown only. Gloves and a body protector are optional.
Showing is more complex in terms of dress than Dressage and Show Jumping, as turn out varys according to the class entered.
Appearance is taken into consideration in the marking of showing, far more than in Dressage and Show jumping. Click here for the British Show Pony Society clothing information page.
Jackets depend on the class entered. Navy and Tweed jackets are more commonly worn, with tweed complimenting the colour of the horse. Jodhpurs are usually yellow, beige or fawn.
Now its time to get Competition Ready!
From Head to Toe
The rules on hats in British Dressage and British Show Jumping are quite simple, they must meet the new standards, be a plain dark colour and the harness must be securely fastened.
Protective head wear must meet either of the following standards; PAS 015 or VG101.040 provided they are BSI Kitemarked. Read more about this in our blog on new hat regulations for 2016.
Here at Naylors Equestrian we stock a wide range of show jackets to suit all different price ranges. The Horseware Ladies Embellished Competition Jacket is a super stylish, lightweight jacket that has been designed to fit like a glove. The light fabric allows ultimate movement which is perfect for show jumping as it involves a lot of upper body movement. The diamanté embellished collar adds a touch of glam to the jacket, letting you dazzle in the ring.
The Shires Huntingdon Jacket is one from our mid price range. This classic tweed jacket is a real stunner. Made with top quality tweed from 100% new wool. The Huntingdon features a satin lining, is styled in a flattering tailored fit and offers extreme comfort in the show ring. Available in a range of colours to ensure you wear the correct colours to match your horse.
A comfy show top/ shirt is essential when competing. Irritating clothing can take your mind off the task at hand. During competitions such as eventing or even show jumping that involve a lot of movement and high speed, temperature control is a must.
The Ariat® Ladies Aptos Show Top is a lightweight top made from breathable stretch poly fabric ideal to keep you cool. Ariat® have incorporated their Ariat® MMT™ Technology which helps wick away moisture from the skin offering complete comfort. The Aptos is also available in a sleeveless version, perfect for warmer weather.
The Shires Ladies Stock Collar Shirt is available in sleeveless, short and long sleeved versions and is a practical show shirt made from performance stretch materials. The materials breathe and wick away moisture from your skin leaving you cool and dry. The Shirt offers a flattering fit and side seam hems with vents for rider comfort. Available in a range of pastel colours, including yellow for showing.
A correctly tied stock is a stunning addition to any dressage/show jumping outfit.
Stocks can be bought pre-tied if necessary and are available in a number of designs. Add some sparkle with a diamanté stock pin, a must have to any competition wardrobe.
A well co-ordinated tie is the perfect finish to any showing outfit. Match with the colour running through your tweed jacket and look fabulous in the show ring.
The Shires Ladies Bloomsbury Performance Breeches are a super stylish choice. Made from Meryl® Sport Fabric they fit like a second skin and the Dri-Lex® leg cuffs provide a slim fit, perfect for long boots.
The Saxon Warm Up Sticker Jodhpurs are the perfect choice for those competing on a budget. These full seat jodhpurs are durable and smart enough to be worn at competitions.
No matter what your budget, we have boots to suit all. The Brogini Ladies Rovello Riding Boots are for those with a larger budget. Mixing together hand made craftsmanship and modern design. Made from the finest Italian leather, the Rovello boots really are spectacular. Boasting a patent black unique design, elasticated panel down the zip, elegant fit and spur rests, the Rovello Boots really will dazzle in the spot light.
For those with a smaller budget, the Horze Spirit Ladies Rover Tall Riding Boots are a beautifully elegant option. Priced under £70 these synthetic riding boots are ideal for everyday wear, yet smart enough to look just as fantastic as the more expensive options at a show. The Rover boots feature a suede-like inner leg and a soft and flexible laced boot styling.
A comfy pair of gloves can make or break your competition, a pair too thick will hinder your riding, they need to fit like a skin. Gloves are essential is dressage and white is the most common choice. Showing riders tend to lean towards brown or chamoi whereas Show Jumpers usually choose a colour that matches their jacket.
Whenever competing it is important to look neat and tidy, especially with regards to your hair.
Hair that isn’t tied back well when Show Jumping can be very distracting and in Dressage and Showing will look extremely messy. Hair nets and Scrunchies are the best way to keep your hair out of your face. Hair nets come in different hair colours and scrunches come in a variety of colours to match your tie.
Everything you need to turn heads in the ring!