Frequently Asked Questions
Q2. What does my horse wear?
Saddles must be English or Continental style and must be brown, black, grey or navy. Treeless saddles are permitted as are side saddles although those wishing to ride side saddle must notify the organiser before the class starts. Western style, traditional Iberian or Arabian (with raised pommel and/or cantle) or brightly coloured saddles are not allowed. Stirrup leathers and irons are compulsory. Seat Savers and saddle covers are not allowed although a gel pad can be used if it matches the colour of the saddle
Saddle Cloths must be a plain, not bright colour (usually white) logos are permitted but should not exceed 14cm x14cm.
At Intro, Prelim and Novice level an ordinary snaffle bridle should be used. At elementary level an ordinary snaffle or a double bridle can be worn. Bridles must be brown, black, grey or navy. You must have a noseband which must be a cavesson, drop or flash. Grackle nosebands are not permitted. Bitguards are not permitted.
Martingales, bearing, side or running reins are not allowed whilst competing or in the warm up. A neck strap is allowed in intro and prelim classes only and a balancing strap is allowed at all levels.
Your horse should not wear any boots or bandages when competing in the arena. These are allowed in the warm up.
Ear covers and fly fringes are only allowed at outdoor shows in the summer months. Nose nets are permitted but must be black, white or brown and must leave the mouth and bit visible.
A discreet red ribbon can be worn in the tail of a horse that kicks and those riding stallions can wear a yellow cross band or stallion disc whilst working in.
All horses must wear their number either on the bridle or saddle cloth. Numbers should be worn when warming up and the writer should be able to see your number when you enter the arena, otherwise you may be asked for it as you leave. Competitors without a number will be given a verbal warning.
Plaiting is not compulsory but is considered respectful to the judge.
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