Caldene Ainwick show shirt: ‘best suited for the show ring’ 5/10

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  • Caldene Ainwick show shirt


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    Welcome to our group test of summer show shirts. All of the shirts in this group test have been put through their paces by international event rider and BE coach Jo Rimmer’s team. Find out what they thought below.

    Caldene’s official description

    The Caldene Ainwick show shirt gives you a more traditional look without sleeves to ruche up under your show jacket. It is a cream sleeveless shirt that is simple and comfortable to wear.

    View at amazon.co.uk

    First impressions

    A traditional shirt that looked best suited for the show ring.

    Overview of performance

    The crepe style material creased very easy and proved rather impractical to take to shows. This shirt did look looked very smart when freshly pressed, but it wasn’t breathable during very hot days. It is also sleeveless and therefore had to be worn under a jacket to adhere to the rules allowed in affiliated competition, which isn’t ideal on the sweltering hot days.

    Likes and dislikes

    This shirt is flattering, smart and not expensive. I disliked that it didn’t wash particularly well, wasn’t breathable and creased so easily. Plus it was a shame that it couldn’t be worn without a jacket. But, I would recommend it for a pure showing person, as it’s smart and traditional.


    Best suited to the show ring as it’s smart and traditional in appearance.

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