Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: British Columbia
I think if you're paying the money to ride with a more advanced coach you definitely need to dress the 'conservative' and 'classy' part, and I definitely think coaches get a bit more slack than riders do. Riders are out there for an hour or two in the cold, coaches get to sit in a dirty arena for hours freezing their fingers and toes off. I don't ride in a very fancy barn, the only 'dress code' is keep your cleavage hidden- but I'm sure if she began training more show riders she would up the dress code a little bit. It's all about respect for your coach and the other riders / other people at the barn. Not to mention riding around in sweat shirts can take away from your body, if your coach can't see if your back is arched, shoulders back, etc. they cannot help to improve your posture. Whatever you do, dress in nice, fitted clothing that wont 'get in the way', and until you know what the barn is like stick to conservative colours, etc.
Some barns are happy to have their riders in loud coloured tack, as long as it is tidy and tucked in. We can give you all the advice in the world, but until you see the barn and the other riders you wont know for sure!