Home' Horse Deals Magazine : Horse Deals July11 Contents What do you look for in a showring outfit? First and foremost it must fit and
suit the rider and the class. If it doesn’t fit it ruins the overall picture, also the
girls complain that it isn’t comfortable. It must also be fashionable. The cut-
away jacket is a recent addition to the Riding coat collection and looks great
for show pony classes, however the style of jacket must also suit the rider.
Bling is fashionable and I love the tie pins, the lapels and gold buttons but it
must be used to complement the picture of the rider and the pony.
What is Caitlin wearing this season? I will talk about clothes for a show
pony class as coats, vests and accessories are different for turnout and show
Jacket - A navy wool cut away, double vented jacket with red collar and gold
buttons. Both girls are sponsored by Gallery Equine and they provide Show
Stoppers jackets for them both.
Vest - Red with gold buttons. The red must be the same shade as the collar.
Shirt - Blue and white striped shirt with white collar.
Tie - Caitlin has a red and white striped tie for one pony, and red with spots for
Riding Helmet - Navy Charles Owen. I like the shape of the Charles Owen
and I like its fit on the children’s head.
Gloves - Brown leather gloves.
Breeches /Jodphurs - DG Westerners Jodhpurs in the gold colour.
Riding Boots - RM Williams boots that have been handed down from some
Accessories -The girls wear a tie tack, which is magnetic and easy to put on
however be careful not to lose the backing plate when you take it off! They
also wear a lapel rosette that is similar to the rosette on the browband, only
smaller. Their hair is plaited and put in a single plait at the moment, and they
wear bows or ribbons in their hair. These are self tied and clip on the band that
is securing their plait. Joddy clips are a necessity. They also carry a whip or a
cane depending on the pony they are riding. These are either sparkly or have a
crystal type knob, however they are either brown leather or cane or a combina-
tion of both.
Do you prefer a tie or stock? I prefer a tie for a show pony class. I am a bit
of a traditionalist. Also stocks are used in show hunter classes and I like the
difference in clothing for the different sections. However, the tie must be tied
correctly, the knot be neat and sit neatly under the collar. For children its easier
to buy a child’s tie from a Riding Apparel Shop or alter an adults.
How do you match your outfit to a horse? To match you must look at co-
ordinating the accessories, so that that there is not a colour clash with the
pony and rider. The velvet around the collar, the colour of the hair ribbon or
bows, and colour of the tie and vest all must blend. As Caitlin is on chestnut
and a bay, her navy coat has red trim, and the tie and bow are also red and
white. These colours co-ordinate well with her ponies.
How do you incorporate your outfit to your horses browband? Everything
must blend so the rider and horse all look like one in a picture.
What colour browband would you wear on a grey horse? Fire engine red
with white and navy suits the darkest of greys or a white grey.
Your top fashion tip for riders just starting out in the showring? IT MUST
FIT. It doesn’t have to be new, you can often pick up a lovely coat second
hand and it is not expensive to have it taken in or altered so it looks like yours.
Bling is big in the ring at the moment and it has its place, however it must be
sympathetic with the clothes of the child and the pony. Its important it doesn’t
dominate in the overall picture.
What do you look for in
a showring outfit? With
any outfit whether it be
led or ridden, open or
hunter, it should be well
fitting and comfortable
to wear. It should
complement your shape,
height, etc. I prefer my
riding jackets to be
a little longer as my
legs are very long and
need a little coverage.
I personally do not like
the outfit to look like you
are riding in a circus.
You want the judge to
focus on your horse and
your riding rather than all
the colour’s and ‘bling’.
What are you wearing
Jacket - All of my
jackets are Alexander
James from England and
purchased from “Show Jackets Australia”. I like a different tweed as I
really dislike the colour green (It’s bad luck in racing). The jackets are
made for my shape as I have long arms.
Vest - I always wear a red vest in hunter classes, as do so many riders
overseas wear the red whether it be show hunter classes or riding in
the traditional hunting in the field.
Shirt - I have a variety of brands such as Ralph Lauren, Gazman, Ben
Sherman I wear all types of checks and stripes. My colours are red
and blue to keep in tradition with our racing colours.
Tie/Stock - I have a tie fetish, so I love to shop for ties. You can
purchase them from places such as menswear shops down to the
good old op-shop. My stocks are not pre-tied as they don’t fit my
neck shape. In the photo I’m wearing a Jockeys raceday Bib just for a
different look in an Ivory colour.
Riding Helmet - The safest we can use in the showring is a Charles
Owen. Mine are always blue as the velvet on my tweed jackets always
have blue, which I think looks smart in the show hunter classes.
Gloves - Chester Jefferies are my choice for a beautiful leather glove.
I have many colours from lvory, black to chocolate brown. I think a
great look is matching boots and gloves.
Breeches/Jodpurs - Buckskin Jodhpurs, made to measure fit me
perfectly. I wear a peach or banana colour. Musto breeches are
Riding Boots - I wear the greatest Aussie boots, the R.M. Williams in
turnout with a leather sole for both my short boots and my top boots,
in brown and black.
Accessories - I always have either the Golden Slipper badge or the
Melbourne Cup badge on my jackets, because of my love for racing.
Always try to match your scrunchie colour with your shirt or tie colour.
Do you prefer a tie or stock? I personally love both. On ponies I
prefer a shirt and tie as a stock can be quite strong on a pony. When
I ride a horse over 14hh it would depend on its type as some horses
look better in either a stock or tie. I do not like a stock on a child.
There is plenty of time to wear them when you’re all grown up.
How do you match your outfit to a horse? Matching an outfit purely
comes down to the horses type and colour. Some horses suit some
colours, so I have a variety of tweeds to suit their colour.
How do you incorporate your outfit to your horses browband?
In the hunters we all have a plain browband unlike the opens which
have coloured browbands. This doesn’t mean I dress plain because
my browband is plain. You don’t have to wear plain pastel colours just
because you have a plain browband. I like to look fresh and bright
with my colour in my outfit as we are in a Show Hunter class.
Your top fashion tip for riders just starting out in the Showring?
When you purchase something make sure it will last, but always
remember you don’t have to spend top dollar to look the part.
Photo: Narelle Wockner
photo: Julie Wilson
on the Field
Responses courtesy of
Caitlin’s mother Elizabeth.
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