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post #1 of 8 Old 07-21-2013, 10:21 AM Thread Starter
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Bridle/bit/helmet Rules for eventing

On Wednesday I'm taking my horses to a show called Twilight Eventing. Basically it's a shortened event so you finish XC no more than 30 minutes after your dressage test. For dressage and stadium all of the same rules apply as a normal event.

I recently discovered my gelding goes much better without the noseband on his bridle. I'm wondering if it would be allowed for me to do dressage, stadium and possible cross country without a noseband. I can't find the rule for bridles...

I'm also pretty sure the bit I use on him isn't allowed in dressage. I've always called it a dreamcatcher, but I'll post a picture just in case I got the name wrong. Anyone know if I can use this?

Last question. Is there a rule about having your hair up in your helmet for dressage? I have a lot of hair and I have to switch helmets between dressage and stadium. It would be so much easier if I could just braid my hair for all three phases on both horses. If there is a rule about this- do you think anyone will enforce it because it's a schooling show and there are no ribbons...


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post #2 of 8 Old 07-21-2013, 08:26 PM
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I'm fairly positive that bit is not legal for dressage, not sure about the noseband though. There aren't any rules that I know of saying your hair has to be up in your helmet, I would say do whatever is most comfortable for you. Most people I see have their hair in a bun and wear hairnets. Good luck!
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For a normal show I always put my hair in my helmet or do a bun. Since I jump immediatley after dressage in this show, and I have my helmet camera on my other helmet, I have to change helmets, but my hair doesn't fit in my jumping helmet.. which is where the problem is. I also only have 20 minutes between finishing cross country with one and starting dressage with the other. It should be hectic!

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For bridle regulations check the dressage test for your division. For example, from the top of USEA beginner novice test a: "A plain snaffle bridle, made entirely or leather or leather like material, with either a regular cavesson, a dropped noseband, a flash noseband, or crossed noseband."

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Not sure about a schooling show though, you might just want to ask the organizer.

I'm pretty sure that bit isn't legal.

Probably, for cross country you can have your bridle however you want.

Make sure your hair is neat and tidy, beyond that, for a schooling show at least, it doesn't matter.

Most importantly of all, have fun and post pictures!!
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Thanks! I'm looking forward to it. This is my gelding's first time out in a year- we tried retirement and it wasn;t working out, so the old training level eventer gets to go back and do an elementary level event just for kicks XD. Also, this will be my mare's first time at novice, so it's an exciting show for everyone.

Unfortunately the show I'm going to is using USDF intro test c for his division and that test doesn't have the requirements on top. Just to be safe, I'll switch the bit for dressage and ask about the noseband when we get there.

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I would think they would enforce the same regulations you would have at a regular event. I just went to a schooling show on the weekend and was a bit surprised they had the full tack check set up and they were checking whip lengths and the mouthpieces of the bit in the horse's mouth with a gloved finger as well.

Wouldn't hurt to give a quick phone call or email to get clarification on if it will be following your regular rules though, if you're not sure

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post #7 of 8 Old 07-25-2013, 01:14 AM
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Schooling shows can be pretty flexible in what they allow you to use. After all, they are for schooling! For example, at one of the schooling shows I went to recently, the host let my horse and I wear boots in our dressage test because he has been terrible about hitting himself when going into the right lead canter lately. Worst case scenario is they say no. But the answer will surely be no if you don't ask! :)
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It went really well. I was able to wear my hair down in a braid for dressage and I didn't need the noseband for jumping. Ash (the old guy) got the lowest score in his division (32.0) and one stop on cross country. I was so happy with him.

Sunny got a 32.2 in dressage (not bad for counter cantering both of our canter circles), and our first clean show jumping round in 3 months! Show jumping was really ugly- we chipped in to almost every jump, jut the poles stayed up. We had a stop on cross country because the sun was setting right behind the jump, but she was awesome and went through both waters. We finished the course by jumping a training jump and I'm really happy with her too. Sunny was also completed the course fastest out of the whole show- even with a refusal and some trotting lol.

Unfortunately, my friend who came to take pictures of us put a watermark on all of the pictures she took. You might be able to see them on my facebook page (the first 48 pictures in the photos of you tab):

If that doesn't work.. I have helmet cam videos of the whole thing

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