Hey all! So up here in New England there is not much of a sign of spring yet at the end of this wicked winter, but we keep being told its around the corner! This summer will be my second season of eventing and my trainer and I are planning to go to more recognized events, and more prestigious venues! So today I went shopping for show clothes for this upcoming season, and since we are going to better events, I definitely want to look the part. Especially since, personally, I am too da* n self conscious so its easier for me to focus on my performance if I 'blend in' a little bit, you know? This season I also have separate dressage and jumping saddles so that factions into the whole show jacket thing.
So, for all you seasoned eventers out there, do you have separate dressage/stadium jackets?
If you have one jacket, does it have 4 or 3 buttons?
Also, what is the policy for eventing dressage...4 or 3 buttons?
For eventing, is it ok to look a little less 'traditional'?
Are the new 'technical fabric' jackets popular or frowned upon?
A very nice lady at my local Dover, who had actually showed at some of the places I'm going to when she was younger, helped me out. I ended up getting the only jacket that fit me REALLY well (I'm short and curvy, but with broad shoulders, show jackets are always hard to find). Its a Grand Prix, its one of the 'softshell', it has four silver buttons, but it is short enough for me to jump in. Its also stretchy so it will work well for jumping. And I'm pretty positive it will look great for dressage.
I *think* this is it...
Anyways...this whole shopping expedition sparked a question for this sort-of-newbie eventer: what is the show jacket 'policy' or more 'norm' for eventing?