I have recently heard about black stirrups, such as the carbon or black metal ones, being banned in the eq ring, a new USEF rule coming into play today or in 2014 (I think it is today, I know it is for 2014). I am asking for those black stirrups for Christmas because I reaally want some and I like them as far as looks, and they are said to be lighter than regular Fillis irons. However, when I start showing again, which will hopefully be sometime soon (schooling shows only), that will be a problem.
I am aware that at rated shows the black stirrups will not be allowed in eq classes, but what about at schooling shows? I'm switching barns but hopefully staying in hunters/equitation and only doing schooling/local shows for now, so will I be able to use the black stirrups in my eq classes (at the local shows)?