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 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.
Here’s a selection of the best show shirts on the market this summer…
Ariat Showstopper 3.0 shirt
Colours: White, pearl grey or blue opal | Sizes: XS–XL | RRP: £55
This competition top is full of Ariat’s technologies to ensure you’re totally comfortable and ready to perform. The Freeze Point cooling technology helps to regulate body temperature, whether it be hot or cold weather, while the moisture-wicking material quickly evaporates any sweat to keep you dry and the odour control properties keep you feeling fress. This top has a rhinestone button placket, which matches the Galatea Asteri show jacket.
View at ariat.com
Cavallo Panita competition shirt
Colours: Dark blue or white | Sizes: EU 34–44 | RRP: £69
With a figure-hugging fit, the Panita is both flattering and functional. The sleeves are made from sparkling lurex lace and it features a matching, pretty button panel, while the collar is finished with rhinestone detailing for a hint of bling.
View at cavallo.info
Dublin Ria competition shirt
Colours: White or white/navy | Sizes: XS–XXL | RRP: £31.99
DVR Equestrian Santos tri-coloured competition shirt
Colours: Navy/stone/white | Sizes: XS–XL | RRP: £56.99
Made from 78% recycled ocean plastics, this shirt has temperature regulation and UV protection properties. It has a cooling body and collar with stock loops, an anti-pull breathable mesh back and raglan sleeves.
View at dvrequestrian.com
Equestrian Stockholm Light Breeze competition top
Colours: White | Sizes: XS–XL | RRP: £72
This flattering competition top has an invisible zip and is made of four-way stretch twill fabric with UPF50+, so despite being long-sleeved, this lightweight top is ideal for summer competing.
View at equestrianstockholm.com
Equetech Lace Stretch show shirt
Colours: Buttermilk | Sizes: 8–24 | RRP: £34.95
This modern, technical show shirt is made of a breathable and wicking stretch fabric and has a floral corded lace design across the shoulders. It also has a concealed button placket to the front.
Ginger & Jardine summer stock shirt
Colours: White | Sizes: S–XL | RRP: £34.95
This super-soft, moisture-wicking bamboo stock shirt is anti-bacterial, breathable and sustainably made. It is designed with a roll-neck collar that pulls over your head and is longer at the rear to ensure a good tuck in. The fabric cuffs ensure a snug fit without having to have fiddly buttons, and the collar features a button and look to secure your stock.
View at gingerandjardine.co.uk
Hy Equestrian Roka Rose show shirt
Colours: White | Sizes: XS–XL | RRP: £38.99
Made from a soft fabric, this show shirt features rose gold and navy diamantés. The stand-up collar is secured by two rose gold press stud buttons to the back of the neck.
LeMieux Amelie show shirt
Colours: White or navy | Sizes: 6–16 | RRP: £44.95
This shirt is made from soft, high-stretch fabric that moves with you and effectively regulates heat and moisture. The Italian lace effect panels on the back and front, subtle diamante press stud closures and tailored fit give this shirt an elegant touch. It is finished with a contrasting white show collar with stock loop.
Mochara Equestrian technical short-sleeved competition shirt
Colours: Snow white or baby pink | Sizes: XXS–XL | RRP: £35
This is a short-sleeved version of Mochara’s technical base layer. It’s made of a wicking fabric that will keep you cool and has a stock loop on the collar.
View at mochara.co.uk
Mountain Horse My Competition top
Colours: White or dark navy | Sizes: XS–XXL | RRP: £39
This elegant short-sleeved top offers the versatility of a detachable white colour, which adds a finished touch for competition. Made with a quick-drying fabric with a translucent stripe effect, it will help you stay cool and comfortable. It has a flattering and feminine cut, with stylish gathering at the shoulders and back.
Pikeur Melenie lace-trimmed competition shirt
Colours: White or navy | Sizes: 6–18 | RRP: £66.95
This short-sleeved competition shirt has a lace insert over the shoulders and diamanté studs on the collar. It is made from a fast-drying, sweat-wicking fabric with four-way stretch and features a concealed ½ zip.
QHP Riva show shirt
Colours: White or beige | Sizes: 6–16 | RRP: £39.99
This show shirt has a sporty look with pleated detailing, a hidden zip, pearl button and silver decoration on the sleeves. The supple and stretchy fabric also has a UV-protective finish.
View at qhp.nl
Shires Aubrion Imperial show shirt
Colours: White | Sizes: XXS–XXL | RRP: £29.99
This modern yet elegant show shirt features chic ruching and diamante accents. It has a highline collar and ¼ zip, and is made of a stretchy, quick-dry fabric with a soft mesh panel for increased ventilation.
Tredstep Eclipse show shirt
Colours: White, dove grey or navy | Sizes: XS–XL | RRP: £69.99
Made with a soft, silky-feel fabric, this shirt has elegant crystal detailing on the collar and sleeves, while hidden snap closures give a clean smooth finish. It is made from a four-way stretch high performance fabric that keeps you cool while also offering UV protection and odour control.
View at tredstep.com
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