[QUOTE=Cacowgirl;1768722]I have been told a red coat is earned by being on a fox hunt-the fox is killed & the "neophyte" riders get the blood rubbed on them-maybe on a cheek? Not sure, but then they can wear a Red Coat.[/QUOTE
Oh well I don't fox hunter...... No red coat for me lol I much rather prefer black, navy, or grey colored coats. Posted via Mobile Device
Red coats are only for those who have represented their country in the Olympics or FEI competitions, or any other international event. Another way is to be a paid member of the huntstaff, I believe, such as the master or huntsman or something.
Seamus is exactly right about red coats in show jumping.
Red coats in fox hunting are different, and have nothing to do with being blooded. Red coats are worn by paid members of the staff, such as the huntsman and whippers in, and by male members of the hunt who have earned their colors. Earning your colors allows you to wear the red coat with the hunt's colors on the collar and the hunt's buttons. Traditionally, women did not wear the red coat, but just the collar and buttons, unless they were also hunt staff, but that is changing. You used to be able to tell the difference between professional hunt staff and members by the way they wore the ribbons on their hunt caps, but safety helmets have done away with that tradition too. Hard riding junior members can be awarded their buttons as sort of a half step towards earning their colors, a junior who earns their buttons usually earns full colors shortly after their 18th birthday.
Earning colors is supposed to indicate competence in the hunt field and service and dedication to the hunt club, but there's always some nasty gossip and speculation about whose "service" was writing a big check. It usually takes several years of regular hunting and work with the club to earn colors, sometimes more. But the core idea that a red coat means someone of experience and authority is sound, you just shouldn't overlook the lady with just the collar and buttons, or the junior with just buttons, they may have just as much experience.
In the U.S. I know we have puddle jumpers. In puddles you have an optimum time to get around a course of 2'6" fences. Although, depending on the show the slower riders always win, and other shows the faster riders always win. I don't know if this helps, I know these are small fences but maybe this class can help you decide what you want to become as a rider.