FITS has a great video on their website on the stock tie page on how to tie a stock tie. It breaks it down very simply. Cut and past this link into your browser then click on the red text at the bottom of the page that says "How to tie a stock tie" in red letters: http://www.fitsriding.com/stocktie.php
I had to check this thread out again because I think it's a scream, and then realized that I didn't wear my cute pin dotted stock at all last year because I only did one day horse trials and - being of the "no tight neckwear" ilk myself - simply didn't wear my jacket. Voila! No neckwear! Cute button down shirt, breeches, and I'm done. Ahhh, freedom! DW, the ascot would be smashing, but really, isn't it easier to find a cute shirt? A little subtle something. Brooks Bros makes all cotton with some sort of no-iron stuff. Brilliant.
Hmm, "subtle" kind of defeats the purpose of paisley, IMO. I don't like doing dressage without my coat--too many things bouncing. And it's RARELY that hot in Michigan. I can only remember ever having jackets waived for dressage once in recent years.
Oh, dear no - "subtle" is strictly for the shirt. Flamboyance is the entire raison d'etre of paisley! I hate wearing my jacket, so the rule change making jackets optional at all one day HTs was a gift to me (except in May, when it's likely to be 40 deg). So when does the new neckwear debut?