The best show shirts for equestrian competition are comfortable, breathable, and made from moisture-wicking materials that help to regulate your body temperature. While most shirts have sleeves of some length, if you compete in a discipline in which you can’t remove your show jacket without the judge’s permission, or you ride at a level where a jacket must be worn, a sleeveless style is a great option on a particularly hot day.
The collar style you choose will depend on your discipline – if you wear a tie you’ll need a shirt collar, while stand-up collars are ideal if you wear a stock. Avoid bulky zips or buttons where you can, unless you are able to compete without a stock – this is when more fancy collars can come into their own. It is always worth checking your governing body’s clothing rules before making a purchase. Easy zip fastenings on the collar will likely cost you more than button or snap popper fastenings.
Best show shirts for the summer
Ariat Ascent Show Shirt: Most technical show shirt
Colours: White or grey | Sizes: XS–XL | RRP: £80 |
This cutting-edge zip-up show shirt has engineered compression panels that are designed to prompt correct riding posture while allowing for maximum range of motion. They technical fabric responds to your body temperature to keep you cool, wicks moisture away from your body and keeps odours at bay with an antibacterial finish. It has a UPF (ultraviolet protection factor) rating of 50.
Shires Aubrion Chester Show Shirt
Colours: White, sage or navy | Sizes: XXS–XXL | RRP: £32.99 |
This show shirt has button detailing that adds a bit of style. The material is highly wicking and quick drying to keep you cool and dry.
LeMieux Olivia Show Shirt
Colours: White or navy | Sizes: UK 6–18 | RRP: £44.95 |
Made with a soft stretch fabric, this elegant shirt has delicate laser-cut lace sleeve and back detailing that helps to regulate heat and moisture. There’s an invisible front zip and the intricate diamanté detailing for a sleek look.
Dublin Tara Competition Lace Shirt
Colours: White | Sizes: XS–XXL | RRP: £38.99 |
This slim-fit show shirt is made from a breathable fabric with a stylish lace bib and back panel, with a rhinestone studded popper fastening. The stand-up collar has stock tie loop.
Ariat Aptos Show Shirt
Colours: White, grey or purple | Sizes: XS–XL | RRP: £40 |
This shirt has built-in stretch and moisture-wicking technology, as well as an antibacterial finish that inhibits odour. It has a UPF (ultraviolet protection factor) rating of 50+, and features a collar with snap closures and a stock tie loop.
Hy Suki Show Shirt
Colours: White or navy | Sizes: XS–XL | RRP: £31.99 |
This classic short sleeved show shirt has a modern twist with mesh panels on the back for breathability and style. It features a stand-up zip-up collar, that is adorned with diamantés along the placket for that elegant touch. There are also diamantés decorating the back of the shirt.
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