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post #1 of 11 Old 09-28-2011, 02:07 PM Thread Starter
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Show clothes...figured I'd ask here...

I figured I'd ask here because I didn't get a response in the clothing thread.

I'm just starting dressage next week and will be showing at some point during college. I'm a strict beginner, at the IDA Introductory level. What clothes will I need to show?

The general consensus is:
White show shirt with white stock collar and stock pin
Dressage coat
White full-seat breeches
Gloves - black because my hands aren't quiet enough yet
Tall boots
Black velvet riding helmet at this level rather than a hat

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.
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post #2 of 11 Old 09-28-2011, 02:27 PM Thread Starter
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UPDATE: Also, my helmet is baby blue and NOT velvet. Can I use a black velvet helmet cover, at least until I get more into showing?
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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.
It's been years since I've played around in the dressage arena and it was introductory level but I rode in my hunt attire and my hunt saddle. They judged me fairly. I had rubber boots so I'm thinking you can get away with field boots. I don't know about the stock and my breaches were grey.

We'll see what the dressage folks come back with though. Let their responses over ride mine.

Oh and the helmet, you can get a velvet cover for it. Most shows will not take off points for a certified helmet. The hats the dressage folks wear (sorry - don't know the proper term) are not for protection. At an introductory show there is usually a statement on the billet that says helmets are fine....

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My questions are:
1. Can you wear a hunt coat instead of a dressage coat at the lower levels? Dressage coats are expensive.

Yes, you can. It is nice if it is a dark, conservative color...but any coat is fine at the lower levels.

2. Can the boots be field boots?

Absolutely. I wear three buckle field boots up to 4th level and have had no comments. I just love those boots and my twice broken legs like them too.

3. Is a pre-tied stock ok? No idea what to do with the things.

Yup, sure can. In NC it can get pretty hot and I will wear one so I can get it off fast. Here I am warming up at a CDI-W with one.



4. Do the breeches really HAVE to be white? Tan ones are cheaper.

While it is nicer to have white, tan is acceptable. What size breeches do you wear? I do have a reason for asking... You can PM an answer if you like.


As for the helmet, a cover is fine. More important is that tack and horse are spotlessly clean and tidy.

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Ok Allison, I PMed you!
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hm, I'll check and try again..
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alrighty, attempt #2. This one actually showed up in my outbox.
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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."

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Thanks everyone! I did assume that the coat should be black or navy, but just wasn't sure if a hunt coat was ok for low levels. However, if I can find a dressage coat on eBay, I'll go for it.
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