Attire/tack for an eventing clinic

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    02-19-2012, 08:23 PM
Attire/tack for an eventing clinic

Eric Dierks (ICP level 3 instructor, competes at Advanced level) is having a clinic around here in mid-March, and I'm seriously considering taking Excel. The first day will be SJ and the second is cross country. However, I'm not sure what to wear or what tack Excel should wear. For me, I'm thinking breeches, tall boots, underarmour, and polo. Do I need to wear my eventing vest on the show jumping day as well as cross country day? For Excel, I have an all-purpose pad in our eventing colors ( will that be alright? Breastcollar, jumper bridle, leather girth? For show jumping, he's wearing his Sabre leather boots, and his Premier eventing boots for cross country. Sound okay?

I'm super excited; I haven't had a lesson since summer and I'm really looking forward to this! We went on a great hack today and I've planned out our schedule for conditioning before the clinic.
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    02-19-2012, 10:11 PM
Most men don't care about those details. Turn up in clean, safe, workmanlike, and conservative tack and clothes and you will be fine.

It's not a fashion show.
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    02-19-2012, 10:12 PM
That sounds okay! As long as you look neat and put together you should be good :) make sure you clean your tack and your clothes and stuff are cleaned. As far as the vest go definitely wear it xc and you can probably wear it SJ day too if you want, but most clinicians (at least that I've ridden with) havent made you wear it or not wear it for SJ. Hope this helps and have a good lesson!! Let us know how it goes :)
    02-20-2012, 10:55 AM
For event clinics, I come prepared like I would to competition (minus the braids and show coat). My horse is as clean as I can get him, clipped, and in clean tack. Whatever tack I would typically use in competition is what I would use there, like martingales, bits, or jump boots.

Being neat and tidy in my horse's care and my attire shows respect towards the clinician and that I am taking his/her time seriously.
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    02-20-2012, 11:02 AM
Originally Posted by MudPaint    
For event clinics, I come prepared like I would to competition (minus the braids and show coat). My horse is as clean as I can get him, clipped, and in clean tack. Whatever tack I would typically use in competition is what I would use there, like martingales, bits, or jump boots.
I agree, except I don't clip when it's brutally cold. My last clinic was a dressage clinic on the 12th and it was 12 degrees outside at my ride time and probably only 10 deg warmer inside the arena building.
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    02-20-2012, 02:41 PM
Thanks for the replies!

I'll have to remember to get a medical card, they mentioned I would need one. I should probably pull his mane as well... I haven't done it all winter. I'm waiting for the PayPal confirmation to buy an Ovation breastplate, so I should be all set. Are bell boots acceptable on XC? Excel's still pretty gangly and sometimes clips himself.

I won't be body clipping him, it's still too cold here. Bridle path, fetlocks, and face will be clipped though.
    02-20-2012, 02:53 PM
Bell boots are always acceptable when riding xc.
Have fun!
    02-21-2012, 10:41 AM
Remember to tuck in your polo and wear a belt and gloves !

My old trainer wouldnt let you ride [even in a regular lesson, not a clinic] unless you were dressed in this way. If you had to go back to the barn to get your gloves you had to run laps !

Have fun at your clinic !
    02-21-2012, 11:55 AM
Gloves should be rider's preference. Some people like them. Some people need them. Some people neither like them nor need them.
    02-21-2012, 04:31 PM
Thanks guys!

I've got my leather gloves....forgot about the belt; I'll have to make sure to bring that.

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