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    02-07-2011, 09:54 AM
Green Broke
Help with attire for Schooling Show

I am thinking of taking Cin to a "schooling show" in June, so I thought I'd start collecting the things I need to properly show him. I've seen what they wear for Dressage at Olympic levels and national shows, is it the same for schooling or a little more relaxed? What is acceptable.

I will be showing Intro Level, I know I MUST have a helmet with the new rules. What kind of helmet does one wear in a Dressage show? I'm sure my every day helmet just wouldn't do.

What are your suggestions on clothing as well as the colors??

Thanx for helping me.
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    02-07-2011, 09:59 AM
Ask your trainer what the conventions for this show are.

At minimum, breeches and boots and neat, conservative top - a turtleneck or snugly fitting sweater and gloves. Because Cinny is black, go with light colored breeches. White isn't necessary for a schooling show. Plain white square dressage saddle pad. Hairnet or show bow for sure.

For a helmet, I think a black velvet show helmet or one of the newer Charles Owen type safety helmets.

Everything as sparkly clean as you can manage.
    02-07-2011, 11:00 AM
Green Broke
Thanks Maura, I think I probably have most of it then except for boots and a proper helmet. It sounds like I can wear the things I wear when I go to clinics. Most of my stuff is sparkly because I launder it every week and Cin isn't hard to make sparkle...well wasn't, his front legs may stick out a bit unless the hair grows back before June ha ha.
    02-07-2011, 11:08 AM
Green Broke
To me, a schooling show is just as important as a rated or official show.

I go all out personally. Braids, coat, everything.
    02-07-2011, 12:59 PM
He-he.... I'm going with the same problem now... Show cloth is just SO expensive!

So here what I am/was looking for (still do for some stuff):

1) Tall boots
2) white breeches
3) white shirt
4) Coat
5) Show gloves
7) Velvet helmet (I looked at the cover first, which is cheap, but it looked ugly on my helmet to be honest)
8) Hair net

First 4 probably the best to look in consignment stores as they are very pricey (that's what I did).

P.S. I assume you are talking about dressage shows, right? I was thinking about going without the coat (to save some) and my trainer said only with temp over 85F... :(
    02-07-2011, 04:12 PM
The original intention behind a "schooling show" is as preparation for a national level, or "A" show. It is for this reason that our attire and turnout should be the same as it would be for a national level show (besides boots or polos on the horse's legs, if they are permitted).
This means the horse should be clipped, mane pulled and braided (including forelock) and the horse's body and tail should be bathed to make sure he is very clean.
An appropriately coloured saddle pad should be used, and all tack should be cleaned.
For the rider's attire we wear white breeches, a light coloured collared shirt, a stock tie with pin, a black belt, white gloves, a black or navy jacket, a black helmet and black, polished boots.
Good luck!
    02-07-2011, 04:13 PM
Green Broke
^ what I was saying...only better!
    02-08-2011, 08:30 AM
Sorry for hi-jacking the thread, but what if you can NOT pull the mane? My qh's mane is so poor/thin that when I tried pulling looks like she'll have nothing left at all (I do pull my paint's mane though).
    02-08-2011, 09:09 AM
Green Broke
Originally Posted by kitten_Val    
Sorry for hi-jacking the thread, but what if you can NOT pull the mane? My qh's mane is so poor/thin that when I tried pulling looks like she'll have nothing left at all (I do pull my paint's mane though).
The horse I used to show hunter was like that. We just neatly trimmed and braided as is. Sometimes we had to add a little "fake hair" into the braids to make them a little thick because when you braided with proper spacing the braids were as thin as yarn in some places lol.
    02-08-2011, 09:17 AM
Thanks, Cinny. I'm cutting her mane now (shears up), but still it doesn't look very natural. Have to spend more time to experiment. :)

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