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Question What do you wear when you Event/endurance race?

Ok so mainly, eventing is cross country, dressage and jumping.
But I am really curious to know what you wear during the cross country part. Besides the protective vests, is there particular equipment you have to wear?
Like what kind of boots? Ordinary field boots? Thing is you go through water and intense mud sometimes so don't you need sturdier boots? Ok what I mean by sturdier is... I don't know, won't the leather from the field boot die or something if it's constantly getting all wet and muddy?

Oh and to do cross country competitions, do you have to do eventing? Or do they have cross country events where it's only that and there isn't also dressage and jumping combined with it?

ALso for endurance... well... ya what do you wear quite exactly?

SOrry, another QUestion.
I know you have to be a good rider to do cross country, but how good? When did you get good enough to start? After how many years of riding and how often?

SOrry for all my Questions but they have been in my mind for a while and I am really curious to know.
Thanks for reading, and multiple thanks if you answer one of my numerous Questions.

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In distance, we wear exactly what we want. There is absolutely no dress code.

Most people wear breeches, sometimes/usually in garish shades and patterns. A few (usually men) opt for jeans. Sweat shirts and tee shirts are a stable. Our sport permits riding tennis shoes, so some people wear those. Others wear cowboy boots or paddock boots.

Basically, wear what's comfy.
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I wear the same thing as stadium jumping except I add the vest :) and my horse has boots of course to support her tendons and such.

Cross country without the other parts are an option...they're called hunter paces and are soooo fun!!
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Oh and for the other questions...I've been riding just over 4 years and have been Eventing for 2. But I've had a trainer the whole way and started at the lowest level..."intro" in the mini trials in our area. Lots of cross country training and schooling is a good thing!

You should have a very secure and independent seat and a horse who's confident!
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For Cross Country, it depends on how much time I have.

If I don't have that much time, I'll keep my white breeches on. But what I wear is:

- Breehces (Tan or White)
- Polo Top in my CC color
- Hair in my hair bun clippy thinggy
- Tall Boots
- Spurs
- Gloves
- Vest
- Pinny
- Skull Cap
- Crop

I joined Pony Club which is what got me started in the world of Eventing. While I was riding years before hand, I was able to have access to Coaches and Trainers who were involved in the sport, to work with me.

If you want to get into the world of Eventing, I encourage you to find a Coach who rides the sport, trains the sport, competes in the sport and is up to their ears in the sport. This is a dangerous venue in the equestrian world of sports, and not something to take lightly. If you find a competant coach who has prooved themselves and gone to a respectable level who can work with you, they'll guide you, and tell you when you are ready to jump in. They'll prepare you mentally and physically so that when you and your horse are ready, you'll beable to represent the sport, your horse, your coach and yourself well, safely and competantly.

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Well said as always mie! ;)
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Ok so mainly, eventing is cross country, dressage and jumping.
But I am really curious to know what you wear during the cross country part. Besides the protective vests, is there particular equipment you have to wear?
Like what kind of boots? Ordinary field boots? Thing is you go through water and intense mud sometimes so don't you need sturdier boots? Ok what I mean by sturdier is... I don't know, won't the leather from the field boot die or something if it's constantly getting all wet and muddy?

Oh and to do cross country competitions, do you have to do eventing? Or do they have cross country events where it's only that and there isn't also dressage and jumping combined with it?

ALso for endurance... well... ya what do you wear quite exactly?

SOrry, another QUestion.
I know you have to be a good rider to do cross country, but how good? When did you get good enough to start? After how many years of riding and how often?

SOrry for all my Questions but they have been in my mind for a while and I am really curious to know.
Thanks for reading, and multiple thanks if you answer one of my numerous Questions.
In regards to the field boots, I don't think that's a problem. I use mine to go out hacking, ride through puddles and mud, etc, and have never had a problem with leaking or color dying. For XC, most people I know just wear polos and breeches, and obviously their medical band and vest.

You can do just XC in Hunter Paces here, they don't usually include dressage or SJ.

Take XC slow. Start out by hacking on trail rides, get you and your horse accustomed to riding at all paces across fields, woods, over logs, etc. When you feel like you have absolute control over your horse, sign up for some local hunter paces to see how you like it.

Hope this helped!
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Thanks a lot for your answers! :) I would love to do cross country but it's not quite popular in my region. There are a few intense XC barns but they are far and rather pricey... arrrouuund 45-60 min away, and my current barn is 15 min.

I love the barn I am but they only do hunter, jumper and dressage. However I can hardly jump properly so I'll concentrate on that for now and when I have money and get fed up of the show ring, I'll drag my butt to the other end of the world and start eventing.

Thanks a lot again! :)

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