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  • Can I event in half chaps
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    02-23-2010, 09:16 PM
I have never seen boots like that before! Interesting!
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    02-23-2010, 09:16 PM
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Originally Posted by MIEventer    
Tall boots for XC are the only permitted way in North America - you cannot ride any sanctioned event without them.

Every Mid to Upper Level Eventer that I see, wear tall boots - but again, nothing else is acceptable at recognized and sanctioned events.

I grew up riding in Pony Club, and Pony Club in North America is quite strict on their traditions and regulations - and anything but tall boots are unacceptable.

You wouldn't ride at an A rated Hunter show with paddock boots and 1/2 chaps - nor should you for XC.

I understand traditions are different in different countries, but in North America, you wouldn't be caught dead at a recognized event with paddock boots and half chaps.

Traditions are traditions here, and respect for the sport is just that - respect the traditions, and stick to what is acceptable.

That used to be the rule. When half chaps first came out they were too sloppy looking to ride in shows. Now, they have gotten so nice looking they are hard to tell from tall boots. They amended the rules to allow formal leggings and paddock boots.
    02-23-2010, 09:17 PM
Never seen the rule, never seen anyone wear anything other than tall boots.
    02-23-2010, 09:23 PM
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Originally Posted by MIEventer    
Never seen the rule, never seen anyone wear anything other than tall boots.
From the USEF rule book;

6. CROSS-COUNTRY TEST. Light-weight clothing is appropriate for this Test, a shirt (any
Color) with sleeves must be worn. Protective Headgear in accordance with paragraph 1
Above. This headgear may be any color. Britches or jodhpurs may be any color; Gloves (if
Worn) may be any color; Bootsóblack, brown, field, jodhpur or a black or brown full grain
smooth leather leg piece and matching leather boots. Chaps or half-chaps are not allowed.
7. JUMPING TEST. Hunting dress or uniform. Protective headgear, with chin harness,
Designed expressly for equestrian use in accordance with paragraph 1 above. Hat covers
Other than solid black or dark blue are not allowed. Coatódark color or tweed (if Novice
Through prelim.) Shirtóstock with pin, choker or tie; Gloves (if worn)ódark color, tan, beige
Or white; Jodhpurs, Britchesólight color or white; Bootsóblack, brown, field, jodhpur or a
Black or brown full grain smooth leather leg piece and matching leather boots. Chaps or
Half-chaps are not allowed. Member of armed and police forces, as in EV114.5.b.
8. At Eventing Tests or when all three phases of a Horse Trials are contested over one day
    02-23-2010, 09:42 PM
I don't get the 2nd part where it specifically states half chaps are not allowed
    02-23-2010, 11:50 PM
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Half chaps usually have velcro or zippers up the middle of the outside leg. They are too informal.

What they call s smooth leather leg piece and matching boot would be a legging that looks like a tall boot with a matching paddock boot. Some examples were posted on the first page.
    02-24-2010, 12:07 AM
Here we call the synthetic leggins chaps/half chaps and the full leather, classy ones gaiters. Gaiters are allowed pretty near anywhere tall boots are (Except maybe dressage?) but half-chaps are really only for pleasure riding.

I have Ariat Gaiters that I bought in the US - SOOOOO comfy and look really nice on. I've worn them eventing, SJ and showing. Similar to these:

    02-24-2010, 10:26 AM
Originally Posted by Allison Finch    
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.
Absolutely and I have had that problem with patients. I think it's one of the reasons it became permitted in the hunter ring. It's a safety issue. During an event, we had a rider get reared off in the warm cross country field and of course her ankle fractured in 3 different spots. She would not let us cut off her boot(which was done anyways by the admitting physician).

When I am working, it's either either your boot, or circulatory comprise to your leg. Regardless of what the rider tells me, I'll be cutting the boot off.
    02-24-2010, 01:18 PM
Green Broke
I have my Ariat tall boots and LOVE them to peices! BUT I LOVE my Ariat padocks and half chaps too, why? Becuase at shows, we get to the grounds the day before the competition starts, and we always do a dressage lesson, just to get all of us in the mindset of compeitition. My dad poishes my feild boots before we leave, and I like keeping them that way until Dressage, so it's nice to have my padocks and half chaps to get dirty. ;) I would never DREAM of riding XC in them! I've practiced XC in them, but my spurs don't fit flush to the boot with the half chap, and I just don't like that.....
    02-24-2010, 02:05 PM
Yeah I think that gaiters and chaps are not that durable for eventing I would buy some full up boots with the zip up back like EventingInMI said!

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