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post #1 of 23 Old 12-12-2011, 08:04 AM Thread Starter
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Showing dressage in winter

There are some dressage shows in Jan I'm thinking to attend (given the weather will cooperate till that time). So my question is how one dresses up for such a show? It may be very cold here and I'm getting sick rather easily, so show cloth is out of question. Also is it OK to have a winter cover on hat (that covers the ears and the neck)? I don't care if I'll look funny in winter cloth, but I don't want to offend the judge (but don't want to get cold either).

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What I do is bundle up in warm up (jackets, earmuffs, quartersheet for the pony) then take it off right before I go into the arena.

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You can take layers off but you can't put them on if you don't have them you can't put them on ;D
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What I do is bundle up in warm up (jackets, earmuffs, quartersheet for the pony) then take it off right before I go into the arena.
Yeah, I thought about it. But I'm really afraid to do that. If I'm sweaty and then ride without the layers on, even 5 mins usually enough for me to have a cold on face. Plus I start shivering in min or so and can't control muscles too well. I think if we make to the show I'll just keep all my layers on.

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You know undershirts for skiing and so on? They tend to be very good and you can hide them easily! Or just ask the organisers of the show what is an isn't acceptable for winter riding gear...
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You know undershirts for skiing and so on? They tend to be very good and you can hide them easily! Or just ask the organisers of the show what is an isn't acceptable for winter riding gear...
They said it's "informal" except the hard hat (which is a-must). So I assume I can ride in underwear if I wanna to!

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That's crazy you have outdoor shows in winter!!

All our shows are indoors so I wear all my show clothes...


If I had to be riding outside I would probably do a nice fitted jacket

Ontop of a thermal long sleeve and then a pair of warm breeches and boots and probably also a scarf in the jacket.. And winter gloves.

My helmet (kep) comes with a removable inside liner and you can get one with muffs built in so I would not have that issue, but if I was wearing a helmet without that option I would probably just wear a headband under my helmet that covers my ears.

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Underarmour should help keep you insulated if you wear it under your show shirt.
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post #9 of 23 Old 12-12-2011, 11:55 AM Thread Starter
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That's crazy you have outdoor shows in winter!!
Anebel, it's indoor (the warm-up is outdoor) but I know this particular place and it's usually colder indoor than outdoor.

I don't want to buy anything special, because it's a small schooling show + I'm not even sure I can make it there (we had a layer of thick ice last year just about same time the show is scheduled for, so trailering was impossible).

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My helmet (kep) comes with a removable inside liner and you can get one with muffs built in so I would not have that issue, but if I was wearing a helmet without that option I would probably just wear a headband under my helmet that covers my ears.
What kind of helmet do you have? I doubt I've seen anything with removable liner here. I use something similar to this: Polartec® Cozy Cover < Helmet Accessories < Riding Apparel|Dover Saddlery. VERY nice, especially in wind.

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