Showing in a Tipperary Sportage?
I used to ride Western, but I switched back to English and have had a few lessons so far. I am looking into showing again, but not in the near future, as in a few weeks. Maybe in a few months.
Anyway a few monts ago when I was still doing Western, I got a Tipperary Sportage helmet. I've been thinking about it lately; will I be able to show in it? I'm just going to be doing schooling shows to start off with (probably) and I am definitely not getting a velvet cover for it-they look pretty demonic on the TS.
Anyways, will I be able to show in my Tipp. Sportage? And also, for schooling shows, do I need to get tall boots? Could I show in my half chaps? I'm still growing so I don't want to invest just yet, but I was thinking of asking for some for my birthday :)
proper attire is always a plus but there are some exceptions to the rule(s) when it comes to a schooling show.
Do you have a trainer? Always check with your instructor.
You can also check with the horse show in advance to ask them if this helmet is acceptable.
As for half chaps and tall boots. Schooling shows again are very accepting and will allow half chaps in lower levels/schooling. You are obviously older than the jods with garters ;)
what sort of shows will you be going to ?
For schooling shows you should be able any sort of safe, certified helmet (which tipperary are) in good condition. The only time I'd suggest getting a different helmet if you're just doing schooling shows (for now) is if you have one that's pattered or a bright/obnoxious colour, but even then it shouldn't effect how you are judged. I have a grey tipperary helmet and show in it all the time, and have shown in recognized (low level) dressage classes with it before. I even had a hunter green one before that I took in recognized dressage classes. One day you might want to invest in a show helmet that's a little more trendy in terms of the discipline you choose, but I wouldn't worry about it until the time comes.
As for footwear, most schooling shows just require boots with a heel, and half chaps are usually just fine. Just make sure you read the schooling show rules to see if it's specified. However for bigger shows tall boots are usually mandatory. But even then you will have to check the specific show rules, and the rules of the organization putting on the show. For instance, sometimes rubber boots are still ok, they just have to be tall boots. Some times they must be leather. Sometimes if you're showing dressage you must ride in leather dressage boots and leather field boots aren't even allowed.
But the bottom line is, for schooling shows, what you have should be fine, but read the specific show rules. Don't worry about getting new stuff until the time comes that you're ready for bigger shows.
Yes, I wasn't really planning on buying all new stuff to show in. I'll probably stick to schooling shows while I'm still growing (as in feet, head), and when I get older and growing stops. I'd rather not buy expensive boots and helmets if I'm gonna grow out of them!
as in like hunters or jumpers ? or open shows ? or dressage ?
it should be fine at schooling shows.
so its hunters im guessing. a tipperary would be okay at small schooling shows, but anything other than that i would invest in a velvet helmet or GPA type.
I go to local/open dressage shows in my carbon gray Tipperary and am not out of place. It should be fine for H/J schooling shows as well.
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