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post #1 of 6 Old 05-02-2009, 12:05 AM Thread Starter
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Schooling Show Attire?

I was just wondering about the "dress code" at schooling shows. I am hopefully going to go to a few this summer and I already have tall boots and breeches to wear, but I am still in the market for a show shirt and coat. I have never been to a show before and it's likely after this Summer it will be a while until I can go to any more (I don't own the horse I will be riding, and the person who does is moving in late August and taking her horse with her.) So I don't want to invest a lot of money in something that I will only need to use two or three times.

So my question is, do I need a "proper" horse show shirt? Or could I just use a white oxford style shirt that I already have under a hunt coat? As I said, it won't be at a rated show or anything, just a schooling show, so would this be an okay thing to do, not not? Since these will be my first shows, I am not sure of the dress code and I don't want to do anything wrong.

So what's suitable attire and what's not in general at schooling shows?

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post #2 of 6 Old 05-02-2009, 03:31 PM
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Our schooling shows are full attire, coat, shirt and collar, belt, breeches, tall boots, helmet. I would get a shirt, I know in florida they tend to wave coats in the summer due to the heat and you wouldn't want to get stuck without a shirt. Can you buy used? There are a few consignment shops by me where I get all my things.
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post #3 of 6 Old 05-06-2009, 11:36 AM
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EBAY! i've gotten some really really nice show clothes at a fraction of the cost.

Are you riding with a trainer? I'd ask her or someone who goes to schooling shows what is typical there. Shows vary in different locations. Our shows are almost A shows minus the braids. (long sleeved show shirts, jackets, etc). But most of the people who go to the schooling shows here also show regularly on the A circuit. My friend who rides in another state says it's ok to wear polos. There's a HUGE difference there between their schooling shows and rated shows. So i'd ask around.
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post #4 of 6 Old 05-08-2009, 12:36 AM
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If you're going to wear a show coat you need to buy a proper show shirt as well. But for schooling shows it should be totally fine if you wear a solid coloured (no bright colours also. Stick to white/black/navy etc.) polo shirt tucked into your breeches with a dark brown belt. You should ask your trainer about appropriate attire as many trainers also have a preference on what they expect their students to wear.

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post #5 of 6 Old 05-08-2009, 08:56 PM
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At our schooling show, it is polo shirt, tall boots, black belt, balck helmet, and black gloves. you don't need a coat!

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post #6 of 6 Old 05-08-2009, 11:49 PM
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I have a schooling show tomorrow, & I am not getting TOO dressed up. On May 31st, I have a competition at another barn (I just joined the adv. showteam), but that's a real big show where you need to get all dressed up...
but at my barn, the schooling shows? Nope; you don't really have to go all out. Tails don't need to be braided, no special grooming (well, if you wanna you can lol), tan breeches, polo shirt (has to be white), jacket isn't really necessary, & make sure your boots are clean. You can wear your half-chaps if you wish, tall boots aren't required.
But not every barn is the same, so it just depends. :) I wouldn't go all out, though, just for a schooling show.

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