Can I Show In Low Levels With This Saddle?

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  • Difference between dressage coat and hunt coat
  • Acceptable dressage show tack level 1

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    10-27-2012, 06:40 PM
Can I Show In Low Levels With This Saddle?

I just purchased a black wintec 500 all purpose today. My dressage coach was telling about some walk/trot classes and how they would be a good stepping stone to moving my gelding up to busier shows. They're level one classes, would I able to use this saddle for them?
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    10-27-2012, 07:21 PM
Yup, you really don't need a full on dressage saddle until you are a little way up the scale, for intro and training you are fine in an all purpose.
    10-27-2012, 08:38 PM
Would I be alright just wearing a hunt coat, or do I need a real dressage coat?
    10-27-2012, 08:39 PM
Aha one more question. White breeches, or light ones?
    10-28-2012, 05:49 AM
Originally Posted by BornToRun    
Aha one more question. White breeches, or light ones?
I just finished reading another thread about this very thing...I believe it was on this first page of English Riding/"Dressage", and I believe the OP was wondering about bits for intro/training level showing.

I believe (though please check the thread because I don't want to misquote) that a few people said that a dark colored coat, such as navy blue would be fine, and that light colored, though not necessarily white, breeches should be acceptable, as would be a non-dressage english saddle.

The take home message I got from that other thread was that at the early levels, the judges are primarily interested in the basics having been properly trained regarding the horse, and ensuring that it is going willingly. Naturally there are rules; (it's literally been like 100 years since I've been to ANY SORT of horse show, let alone PARTICIPATED! This info I am relaying is all from the other thread I read therefore I really hope I am relaying appropriately!) and the rules will encorporate all the same things as at any show, such as acceptable/"legal" bits, clothing in general, the rules of the test, and various things like that, but it seems they are more relaxed about preciseness of clothing than at the higher levels. Of course you would want to appear well-put together and neat/tidy, along with your horse (sorry, I know this goes without saying, but I over-write!) :eye roll:

I would read through the rules of the particular show you are interested in and I would GUESS the information you seek will be included in the forms?

Good luck to you! Have FUN!!
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    10-28-2012, 08:54 AM
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When in doubt call the show secretary! (I think that's the correct term)
    10-28-2012, 12:11 PM
OP, here is a link to the rules and regs that cover dressage in Canada


I show in light tan breeches, standard black hunt coat, and usually a white, or cream ratcatcher shirt, I also have black paddock boots and chaps.
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    10-28-2012, 12:23 PM
I rode in a navy hunt coat my first year or two starting out in dressage because that's just what I had. The Dressage Canada rules say dark coloured or grey jacket - it doesn't specify between hunt or dressage...I'm pretty sure the biggest difference between the two is the amount of buttons down the front! Lol. Also, Dressage Canada says light or white coloured breeches. It sounds like your attire is definitely appropriate for the level you want to show! :) Golden Horse posted the DC rules, which I find is a handy link too!
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    10-28-2012, 04:04 PM
Originally Posted by Golden Horse    
OP, here is a link to the rules and regs that cover dressage in Canada


I show in light tan breeches, standard black hunt coat, and usually a white, or cream ratcatcher shirt, I also have black paddock boots and chaps.
    10-28-2012, 04:15 PM
Oh, and some of it is clear as mud, so when I can't figure something out I come on line and ask, but point out that you are trying to clarify what you have read. Sometimes, not so much in this board, you get people who get quite snotty about people not doing their own research

Good luck with your shows, we will need to see pics when you go

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