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post #1 of 45 Old 02-21-2010, 01:29 PM Thread Starter
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Half Chaps and eventing

ok, this seems like a silly question but i'll give it a go anyway:
Are half chaps acceptable for lower level eventing?

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post #2 of 45 Old 02-21-2010, 01:52 PM
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Half-chaps are not allowed. A full-grain black or brown smooth, fully leather leg piece and matching boots are allowed.
http://www.usef.org/documents/ruleBook/2009/12-EV.pdf is the best place for you to read all the rules- dress included.
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Right, sloppy "half chaps" are not allowed. Nicer boot-style leggings with matching paddock boots are. I encourage my students to wear them on XC. Anyone who has had to have a custom boot pulled off of a broken leg (I threatened to hurt the doctor if he cut it off! LOL!) will encourage it.
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My friend wore half chaps on XC once, because she's 12 and didn't own full length boots. She wasn't penalized for it.... it was at a regonized BN show too. *shurgs* maye it's different for some shows? She wore those garterish things in dressage and stadium...

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I agree, no 1/2 chaps for Eventing - sorry :(

I grew up in Pony Club and was always taught that tall boots are the only acceptable way to go. Now-a-days, I see so many wearing paddock boots and 1/2 chaps, over jeans...ugh.....I cringe whenever I see that.

I grew up that way though :) It was ingrained in me and always will be.

1/2 chaps are ok for playing around at home at in a lesson, if the coach permits it - but aside from that, you should always dress respectable.

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Again, now that two piece boots are allowed, I encourage them for XC. It is just too easy to be injured and need quick removal of legwear. All other phases should have formal boots, IMO.

I like boots and wear three buckle field boots on XC.
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For unrated schoolig events, they are fine as long as they look nice and match your paddock boots. For a USEA event beginner novice and up, they are not allowed.
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Half-chaps are not allowed. A full-grain black or brown smooth, fully leather leg piece and matching boots are allowed.
http://www.usef.org/documents/ruleBook/2009/12-EV.pdf is the best place for you to read all the rules- dress included.
Is a leather leg peice simmilar to half chaps? (another silly question)

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Yeah, it is. Honestly, I was looking at prices, and for a good half chap, you're probably better off investing in tall, zip-back field boots.
Something like this:
Ariat Concord Half Chaps - Dover Saddlery.
Vs. a boot like this:
Dublin RCS Aristocrat Zip Field Boot - Dover Saddlery.

You might want to think about investing in a tall pair of zip-back boots. =] I have those field boots above, and man, do I adore them.
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Yeah, it is. Honestly, I was looking at prices, and for a good half chap, you're probably better off investing in tall, zip-back field boots.
Something like this:
Ariat Concord Half Chaps - Dover Saddlery.
Vs. a boot like this:
Dublin RCS Aristocrat Zip Field Boot - Dover Saddlery.

You might want to think about investing in a tall pair of zip-back boots. =] I have those field boots above, and man, do I adore them.
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