Correct dress at affiliated eventing competitions depends on the level at which you are competing. Correct turnout for the dressage and show jumping is based on traditional hunting attire, which is modified for the cross-country.
A riding hat should be worn at all times by anyone riding at a British Eventing (BE) event, with the exception of dressage in Intermediate Championships, Advanced classes and certain FEI classes where top hats and uniform hats are permitted.
Protective headwear must meet the following standards:
British: PAS 015, BSEN1384
European: EN1384 – BSI kitemarked or SEI
American: SEI ASTM 95, ASTM F1163 2004 and SNELL E2001
Australian & New Zealand: AS/NZS 3838 2003
It must show a BE ‘hat tag’ and harnesses should always be fastened.
Spurs must be made of smooth metal, be blunt and unable to wound a horse. They are only cumpulsory in Advanced and FEI 2*, 3* and 4* dressage tests.
Stocks should always be tied properly and long hair should be secured appropriately.
Jewellery can increase the risk of injury and so competitors are advised to remove it.
At Advanced, CCI and CIC 4*, 3* and 2* and Intermediate Championships competitors should wear a top hat or protective headwear. They should also wear a black or dark blue tail coat, with a white stock, gloves, white, buff or brown breeches with plain black or topped boots or black leather gaiters with matching boots. Alternitvely competitors may wear their uniform.
At Novice, Intermediate, CCI and CIC 1* a riding hat or protective headwear must be worn in black or dark blue. Competitors should also wear a black or dark blue coat with a white stock/tie or tweed coat with a colored stock/tie. White, buff or fawn breeches should be worn with gloves, plain black boots or black leather gaitors with matching boots. Alternatively competitors may wear their uniform.
At all other levels competitors should wear the same as for Novice, Intermediate, CCI and CIC 4*, 3* and 2* and Intermediate but protective headwear is compulsory.
If a hat falls off during a dressage test it must be replaced. Failure to do so will result in elimination.
Whips are not permitted in any form during the dressage phase.
At all levels, protective headwear with a cover should be worn. Competitors should also wear a sweater or shirt – ideally with long sleeves – white, buff or fawn breeches, plain black or topped boots or black leather gaiters with matching boots and a body protector.
Body protectors must be British Equestrian Trade Association (BETA) approved, labelled as Level 3 and manufatured in 2000 or after.
Inflatable or air jackets are optional, but if used must be worn over a body protector.
At Advanced, CCI and CIC 4*, 3* and 2* and Intermediate Championships competitors must wear protective headwear in black or dark blue. Competitors should also wear a black, dark blue or red coat with a stock, white, buff or fawn breeches, plain black or topped boots or black leather gaiters with matching boots. Alternatively competitors may wear their uniform with protective headwear.
In all other classes riders should wear the same as above, except gloves should be worn and their coat can be black or dark blue with a white stock/tie or tweed with a coloured stock/tie.
NOTE: Under-16′s in BE80, BE90, BE100, BE100u18 and ONu18 sections are allowed to wear jodphurs with jodphur boots or half chaps with matching boots for all phases.
In Novice classes and below brown boots or leather gaiters with matching boots may be worn with buff or brown breeches.
For more information on affiliated eventing contact British Eventing (tel: 0247 669 8856) or visit www.britisheventing.com
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