Fashion in and out of the show ring – Part 2
Here are some more tidbits about what can be worn at the FEI levels: Prix St George, Intermediare 1, Intermediare A and B and II, Grand Prix as well as the FEI Young Horse Tests for 5, 6 and 7 year olds.
At the FEI levels, the outfit becomes so elegant with the ability to wear a tail coat also known as a shadbelly. But in the USEF licensed shows, a short coat is allowed also according to rule DR120.2 “For all tests above Fourth Level, and FEI Junior Tests, and FEI Dressage Tests for 5, 6, and 7 year old horses, the dress code is: a dark tailcoat or a dark jacket with protective headgear, as defined in DR120.6 and in compliance with GR801, and white or light colored breeches, stock or tie or integrated stand-up collar, gloves, and black riding boots.”
Did you know that you have to wear black riding boots above Fourth Level?
But go to rule DR 120.3 and it says “At all test levels, riders may wear jackets in other colors within the international HSV color scale, as described in FEI Dressage Regulations, Art. 427.1. Contrast coloring and piping is allowed. Protective headgear, stocks, ties, gloves and riding boots may be the same color as the coat.”
So if you wear a blue tail coat with Magenta boots because they match your vest points and piping, you may be risking elimination by the judge. I know it sounds complicated but better to wear blue to match the coat or black boots can have highlights to go with the jacket. According to AADA featured rider and fashion maven Shirley Gencarelli of www.TheFabulousHorse.com, “Matching your show coat to your boots or an accent on the boots is a trend. The ability to customize your jackets and boots now are great!”
If you decide to ride the FEI levels at a CDI (an FEI sanctioned dressage event) according to the FEI rule book Article 427.2 The following is compulsory at all CDI3*/CDI4*/CDI5*/CDI-W and CDIOs, FEI Championships, Regional and Olympic Games: a black or dark blue tail coat or jacket, or other dark colours may be worn within in the international HSV colour scale. Colours having a value for “V” smaller than thirty two percent (32%) according to the HSV model may be approved through application to the FEI. Contrast colouring and piping is allowed.
Some further clarifications:
Protective Headgear or top hat/bowler: black or may be same colour as coat
Breeches: white or off white
Stock or tie: white, off white or same colour as coat
Gloves: white, off white or same colour as coat
Riding boots: black or same colour as coat.
And Article 427.2.2
At all CDI1*/CDI2*/CDI-Am, a black or dark blue jacket (colours see above) with a top hat/bowler** is also permitted. This dress is also desirable for all other international Dressage Events, unless otherwise stated in any special rules (CDIU25, CDIY, CDIJ, CDIP, CDI-Ch, CDIYH).
A CDI-Am is an FEI sanctioned class open to any rider not on the FEI world ranking list which is the definition of an Amateur for these classes. Very different from the USEF definition.
So I know I promised info on rules for whips and spurs, but that’s coming up next…
All the best