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post #1 of 23 Old 10-30-2010, 10:08 PM Thread Starter
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Body Protector Rule?

Hi! I usually ride with a body protector but today I went to my first show. I did not wear my body protector because I did not know if it is allowed. Is it?

Note: This was a schooling show and the rules might be different than a "big" show.

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post #2 of 23 Old 10-30-2010, 10:34 PM
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Do you mean a riding vest? All the schooling shows I have gone to allow - and encourage - wearing vests to ride. Bigger shows it's likely a case by case basis. I can't think that any jumpers (hunters I'm not sure of) would say you CAN'T wear a vest. They would be liable if you fell and a vest might have made your injuries be less severe.

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post #3 of 23 Old 10-31-2010, 12:06 AM
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I thought protectors were only really used for cross country, and maybe some showjumping. I've never seen them be used in a show.
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post #4 of 23 Old 10-31-2010, 12:20 AM
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I've only seen them used on cross-country and the show jumping phase of eventing. I've haven't seen them used here at the schooling shows or the local c-shows for the hunter/jumpers. For the bigger shows, check the rule book and see what it says about wearing one. For schooling shows, I'm not to sure, I'd ask and see what they say.

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post #5 of 23 Old 10-31-2010, 12:42 AM
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If it's a schooling show, you should be fine. It may not be the norm but I doubt you would have an issue wearing one for safety. If in doubt, talk to the individuals putting on the shows and clear it with them first.
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post #6 of 23 Old 10-31-2010, 04:29 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks everyone! Yes, the events over fences (or over trotting poles in my case) are all hunters. THe thing is, you are actually asked to where a show shirt and wearing a body protector/vest will ruin the effect? I'm really not sure.

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post #7 of 23 Old 10-31-2010, 07:02 PM
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at least in eventing, they've made it a rule that you can wear your body protector in ALL phases. I can't imagine they'd penalize you for being safe... no matter what discipline you were in.

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post #8 of 23 Old 11-01-2010, 06:03 PM
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you'll never see it in the upper division hunters.
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post #9 of 23 Old 11-01-2010, 11:07 PM Thread Starter
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you'll never see it in the upper division hunters.
oh-oh... for now, im stuck with trotting poles butI dont know how i will persuade my dad to let me ride without one when I start jumping...
I'm really into hunters so I guess I will have to start begging soon. lol

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post #10 of 23 Old 11-03-2010, 01:03 PM
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I've posted here and have been reading the responses, what I'm wondering is, if you had a big enough show shirt and hunt coat and wore is under the show shirt, with like a t-shirt underneath, would you be able to get away with it? Just food for thought!

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