The Rider’s Attire for Each Equestrian Discipline

There are a number of disciplines in the equestrian world all very different from each other; this includes the clothes and accessories that the rider wears. This article provides a basic guide to what attire should be worn for each of the main equestrian disciplines; dressage, show jumping, cross country, showing in hand, hunting and polo.

Dressage

• Hats- a hunting cap, bowler or crash cap, advanced riders have the option to wear a top hat.

• Jackets- for advanced level a tail coat or short jacket, for preliminary to medium level- short show jacket or tweed jacket

• Stocks and ties- a white/cream stock or tie with show jacket, coloured stock or tie with tweed jacket.

• Jodhpurs or breeches- must be cream, white, beige, buff or fawn.

• Gloves- it is preferred that gloves are of the same colour as the jodhpurs, but can be any colour.

• Boots- Plain black or brown long boots or jodhpur boots with matching gaiters.

• Whip- a schooling whip can be used, no longer than 120cm in length

• Spurs- must be fitted and used correctly, smooth metal

• Long hair worn in a hairnet

Show Jumping

• Hats- Dark Blue or Black protective hat

• Jackets- Dark Blue or Black show jacket or tweed jacket

• Stocks and ties- White stock with show jacket or coloured stock or tie with tweed jacket.

• Jodhpurs or breeches- cream, beige, buff, fawn

• Gloves- any colour

• Boots- Plain black or brown long boots or jodhpur boots with matching gaiters

• Whip- no longer than 120cm in length

• Spurs- must be fitted and used correctly, smooth metal

Cross Country

• Hats- protective hat with a cover to match your cross country colours.

• A long sleeved rugby shirt or similar in your chosen cross country colours

• Jodhpurs or breeches- White, buff or fawn

• Boots- Plain black or brown long boots or jodhpur boots with matching gaiters

• Body protector

• Medical armband

• A eventing watch is optional

Showing (In-hand)

• Hat- Trilby, flat cap, beagler or riding hat

• Jacket- tweed jacket, green or brown based tweed.

• Stock and Ties- a tie in any colour, one to compliment the jacket

• Shirt- cream, yellow is popular.

• Trousers- preferably not jodhpurs, dark colour if the horse has light legs and vice versa.

• Boots- black or brown boots or shoes

• Hair worn in a bun and hairnet

Hunting (Separated into Autumn Hunting and Formal Hunting)

Autumn Hunting:

• Hats- Hard hat in either brown, blue or black

• Jacket- Tweed hacking jacket

• Stocks and ties- coloured hunting tie or stock

• Jodhpurs or breeches- buff or fawn

• Boots- Brown or Black long boots, or half chaps with brown or black jodhpur boots

• Whip- Hunting crop, thong is optional.

• Hair to be worn in a hairnet

Formal Hunting:

• Hat- Black or blue

• Jacket- black or blue jacket or hunt coat

• White hunting stock with a stock pin worn horizontally

• Gloves- white string is traditional

• Jodhpurs or breeches- white, buff or fawn

• Boots- black

• Spurs

• Whip- Hunting crop with thong

• Hair to be worn in a hairnet

Polo

• Hat- polo helmet

• Shirt- coloured polo shirt with players number

• Trousers- polo whites, generally white denim jeans are worn

• Gloves- one or two protective gloves

• Boots- polo boots

• Whip- polo whip with grip and loop

• Kneepads

• Safety goggles

• Facemask

• Spurs- polo spurs



Source by Laura Kirsty Dartnell

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