When competing, everybody likes to look their best. Not only does it make you feel better about yourself, many people believe their performance improves due to their new confidence.
Audiences flock in their hundreds, possibly thousands to see you perform and observant judges are criticising your every move, so does it then become an important that you maintain your physical appearance?
The expectations of a rider’s turnout has stemmed from years ago when horse riding was seen as more of a ‘high class’ sport. Individuals who were rich enough and lucky enough to own a horse, of course had the impressive wardrobe to match. Therefore, they set the bar high for all the generations of riders who followed.
Traditionally, clothes worn in competition were clothes selected by the rider they believed would reflect their personality, wealth and status in society and outfit requirements seem to have stuck.
Any polishing and grooming that takes place prior to a competition – on you, not your horse – is more than just an indication of how skilled you are at getting ready each morning and how splendid your fashion sense is.
It’s much more than that; it is a demonstration of your commitment and dedication to the sport and to your horse.
It is an indicator of the pride you feel about competing and it shows the lengths you will go to, to make every aspect absolutely perfect to make first impressions count.
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But what is it exactly that makes a pristine, sophisticated and professional competitor?
Here is a run-down of what’s expected within the three major eventing disciplines – Cross-Country, Show Jumping and Dressage.
When dressing for Cross-Country, you will discover it is the most laid back and informal dress code of all three disciplines. This is mainly due to the fact riders often find themselves wet and covered in mud by the time the course has been completed.
You are able to express your individual personality slightly in Cross-Country as flashes of colour are permitted and these tend to be incorporated into a Cross-Country jersey with a matching helmet cover.
The jersey can be either long sleeved or short sleeved, but it must be worn over a chest protector at all times.
Breeches worn in Cross-Country are usually tan, khaki or white and teamed with a tall pair of leather riding boots and hands are covered by a pair of Cross-Country gloves.
A typical Show Jumping outfit consists of a single breasted coat with notched lapels. These show coats must be dark or neutral in colour, and it is only permitted to wear colours such as red or orange when a rider is competing at international level or competing on behalf of their country.
Show Jumping shirts have a single band collar which is then covered by a separate rat catcher collar and similar to Cross-Country, Show Jumping breeches are khaki, white or tan and worn with some tall, leather boots.
A helmet with a harness is also a necessity when Show Jumping to ensure the riders head is fully protected at all times.
When competing in the higher levels of Dressage, a formal and traditional outfit must be worn by the riders. This consists of a typically black double breasted shadbelly, which is designed with two long tails that easily drape down the backside of the horse.
A clean, white shirt is worn underneath the shadbelly with a stock tie and pin attached to the shirt. Breeches worn in Dressage tend to be white and worn alongside a pair of white gloves and a top hat.
The rider’s appearance is very classic and clean when competing in this discipline and no Dressage ensemble is complete without long, leather dress boots.