SmartPaker Ashley here to share what I will be wearing this coming show season! My discipline is dressage, and although I am competing in my first class at Training Level 3, my horse Rocco is trained up through Third Level. I always go by my trainer’s advice “If you look good, you’ll ride good,” so here’s what I’ll be wearing this season to look my best in the show ring.
R.J. Classics Prestige Travers Dressage Coat
I absolutely love this coat! It is not made out of wool (which I am allergic to), so it’s lightweight and comfortable. The tapered waistline is flattering for those ladies who want a clean look while in the saddle. The pewter buttons are elegant but do not draw attention away from the coat itself, and my favorite part is the pewter piping around the collar, which adds a little something extra to the look.
RJ Classics Prestige Ladies Wrap Collar Show Shirt
This show shirt is great for adding a little something special to your outfit. I really like how the cuffs and collar detail on the inside can be hidden away for class but unbuttoned adds a pop to the shirt. The fitted cut of the shirt contours perfectly under my coat. I also love how lightweight this shirt is because there is nothing worse than overheating while you are getting ready for your class. I really like how comfortable this shirt is, and it quite possibly may make its way into my casual clothing.
RJ Classics Prestige Perry Shortsleeve Show Shirt
I also will be wearing a short sleeve shirt for those very hot summer days at the show. Although some of my fellow show participants may not agree with a short sleeve shirt in the ring, I feel it is essential. All equestrians know how hot it can be throughout the day, and a short sleeve shirt can be your saving grace. I really like the blue piping on this top as well. I feel it adds a little something extra to the look. Another factor that I really like is that it has a moisture wicking technology that keeps you comfortable.
Romfh International Full Seat Breech
I chose these full seat breeches because of the price point. They are very comfortable to wear as they are lightweight and breathable but not see through. The true waist cut is a great feature as it makes me feel more sure that there are no bunches or rolls anywhere. They are machine washable, which is also a big plus.
Heritage Tackified Pro-Air Show Gloves
These are great gloves for the show ring. I love how much they grip on the reins without preventing me from feeling the pressure on my reins. I also enjoy how they have mesh along the knuckles to keep my hands cool. They are also machine washable—major plus.
Royal Highness Ladies Pre-Tied Cotton Stock Tie
I went with this stock tie because I don’t know how to tie a stock tie. I also like how simple this tie is as I want my stock tie pin to be shown off. It is also machine washable, which helps me keep my costs low.
Stock Pins by Browbands with Bling
I went with this pretty blue stock tie pin because I love the color blue and feel it will compliment any item I wear this season. I also love how I can match this with my horse’s browband. This pin is definitely a quality item that will make a statement in the ring.
Charles Owen GR8 Helmet
As all equestrians know, safety is key and I love this helmet. It’s super comfortable and stylish. The memory foam interior really helps me feel secure about my head being protected. I also really like how the suede is resistant to scuffs and the interior is treated to reduce moisture and odors. The fine details on the peak and at the base of the back also give this helmet that extra special feel of class—perfect for dressage tests.
Ariat® Westchester Zip Dress Boot
I have always had the best luck with Ariat boots. They fit perfect in my ankle and calf and support my feet so well. I also appreciate the little piping details that Ariat added to keep the look fresh and modern. The easy care of these boots is also a major plus for because I am always doing a thousand things at once during my preparations for show.
I hope this helps give you some ideas for your own show ensemble. Have a great season and good luck with your shows!