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    03-31-2014, 06:03 PM
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Foal
High Level Equitation: Would this be okay?

So I've recently been looking for a new show coat as I've outgrown my RJ Classics Softshell one. I've been showing in the equitation world for a decent amount of years now (I'm 15), so it's not like I have no idea what to buy. So, I know that equitation has very "plain" standards, and if there is anything that sticks out, you may be disqualified. I've had my heart set on this one coat from Dover, but it seems to have this pocket on the chest area, near the neckline, that I've never seen before. I'm just not sure if I could squeeze by the big-time judges, as I know they don't want anything that is even a little flashy/different. I've never seen the coat in person so I don't know EXACTLY what it looks like/fits like but there is that one strange pocket. I don't want to make a $500 mistake in buying it, and I know that it seems pretty stupid to be worrying about one measly pocket but I don't want to take any chances haha.

It's the GPA Grand Prix Special Lady II. Would it be acceptable for the equitation ring, or is it only for jumpers? GPA® Grand Prix Lady Special II | Dover Saddlery

The pocket can be better seen on a similar coat:GPA® Grand Prix Lady II | Dover Saddlery
     
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    04-01-2014, 01:08 AM
  #2
Green Broke
What constitutes "high level" equitation? Do you mean Big Eq like Maclays or WIHS? Or a regional eq finals? Generally speaking I would say the GPA coat is a jumper coat. You will not be disqualified by wearing something that is nontraditional, you will just stick out like a sore thumb especially if you're competing at a higher level where the newest crazy fad is dark green instead of navy. I love the GPA coat the but the logo is pretty distracting and I would pass unless you're competing more on a local circuit where you might see a little more variety. I do think GPA makes a different softshell coat that is more traditional. I personally think the RJ makes a great softshell coat! Especially for the price. If your old one fit your body shape well I'd buy another one. If you're looking to spend a little more for a really beautiful coat also look into an Animo. They're pretty popular with quite a few big eq riders.
     
    04-01-2014, 03:25 PM
  #3
Foal
Yes, the WIHS and ASPCA Maclay finals is what I'm going for. And yea, that's what I thought with even the brand. Too jumper-y I guess haha. I may try looking for a hunter green one since you're right, that is definitely the trend right now. Animo is very nice as well and some of my friends have recommended it to me. Thanks!
     
    04-01-2014, 03:56 PM
  #4
Yearling
I know someone who did really well at the Mclay Finals! Good luck (:
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    04-01-2014, 04:11 PM
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Trained
If you're going to go with Animo I highly recommend ordering direct from Europe. The prices are much better and shipping is not bad.

I got my coat from Animo Ruitersport.
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    04-15-2014, 05:08 PM
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Green Broke
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Originally Posted by ~*~anebel~*~    
If you're going to go with Animo I highly recommend ordering direct from Europe. The prices are much better and shipping is not bad.

I got my coat from Animo Ruitersport.
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Oh great... I so didn't need to know about this....
     
    04-15-2014, 05:17 PM
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Green Broke
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Originally Posted by cch1    
I may try looking for a hunter green one since you're right, that is definitely the trend right now. Animo is very nice as well and some of my friends have recommended it to me. Thanks!

I wouldn't go so far as to say that it's "the new trend", it's really more of a fad that hit when Lillie Keenan rocked it several months ago and was seen a bit at WEF. My guess is it'll go out before it hits the local circuits. My points was that the dress of Maclay riders is so subtle and uniform that a slight color change shocks the country.

Animos are gorgeous and excellent quality, but honestly the RJ really is a fantastic softshell coat for a very small fraction of the cost. I know tons of riders on the A circuit who love them. And if they fit me I'd own like 4 of them.
     

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