The horse and equestrian pursuits have always had a relationship to fashion. Riding clothes may be a lesser-known factor of history, but saddle togs have lit up more than one page.
Wherever horses and people gather, it seems fashion is a natural element. Pageantry is a natural element of equestrian events: the spirit of spectacles loved throughout history.
Despite its continual seasons, the past is still in fashion. Today, people may not realize that what we call formal wear and business suits are actually forms of 18th century riding clothes.
In the honored tradition …
To embrace participation, the ASJL follows the practical-minded tradition of the grassroots–and the arc of history–by offering a more open dress code. Requirements are therefore limited to safety and basic boundaries of presentation.
ASJL Policy on Riding Clothes
All riding clothes, including boots, helmets and crops (etc) used must be safe, clean and presentable. Please remember that good appearance shows respect for the horse and the occasion.
Helmets – An official ASTM/SEI certified helmet must be worn at all times when mounting or riding a horse. Failure results in the disqualification of scores for that rider at that event.
Boots – Boots must have heels and a low tread. No gym shoes or hiking boots: avoid waffle soles. The boot cannot be small enough to slip through the stirrup, or so large that it might jam the stirrup in a fall.
Shirt, Pants – No firm restrictions other than safe and neat in appearance within the law.
A relaxed dress code will not disqualify a participant, but show ring fashion is also a welcome standard. Traditional hunt coat and breeches set a positive standard of workmanlike quality and attractive presentation.