Originally Posted by saddlesandskis View Post
My questions are:
1. Can you wear a hunt coat instead of a dressage coat at the lower levels? Dressage coats are expensive.
2. Can the boots be field boots?
3. Is a pre-tied stock ok? No idea what to do with the things.
4. Do the breeches really HAVE to be white? Tan ones are cheaper.
I'd say it depends on show. Like at the little schooling shows they don't care much what color of your pants (I mean, yes, you don't ride in red or green, but neutral colors are fine). I've seen one girl in blue short. It looked awkward, but she was allowed to show anyway.
But here are the rules from MD Dressage Ass I shown with this year regarding the cloths:
"MDA Schooling Show Attire: regular, formal show attire is required. Show management reserves the right to excuse coats during extreme heat. Braiding is optional. Approved protective head gear is required while mounted as per USEF DR 120.5. "
Here is what formal attire is (per USDF):
"Riders are dressed formally in competition, traditionally with white or light colored breeches
, a light-colored shirt
and tie or choker with a black or navy blue colored jacket
. Gloves may be white or black. For riders at the FEI levels, a shadbelly (tailcoat) is traditional. Except for very young riders, boots are black and come up to the knee."