..what has been your experience with top hats blowing off in the dressage ring??
It came up as a topic for discussion last year and I think the final consensus was that rider has to continue - even if the hat is lying in their way. It doesn't seem to be a cut and dried rule though, with competitors often allowed to be handed back their hat by a person on the ground.
I know someone once whose mother SUPERGLUED his hat to his head!! I think they had to cut it off his (floppy, blonde) hair afterwards!
Last edited by Napoles; May. 17, 2011 at 10:58 AM.
I'm a firm helmet wearer now, but back in the day, we rode in cowboy hats for the Western 4-H classes. They were always uncomfortable, nealy unbearably tight, so that they would NOT fall off. Aren't Top Hats the same way?
my topper is oval and my head is pretty round, so it was tight enough to leave a really red line across my forehead and give me a killer headache if i wore it for more than 20 mins. great. so, nothing short of a cyclone would have blown it off my head...
whenever i've seen top hats blow off, the competitor has just carried on till the end of the test and had it handed back to them at the end. i've only seen men's top hats blow off though, maybe because they'd usually taller, or because they usually remove them to salute, and so disturb them.
i'm definitely going to wear a proper helmet from now on though, fwiw.
whenever i've seen top hats blow off, the competitor has just carried on till the end of the test and had it handed back to them at the end..
Yep, that was pretty much the consensus, but the question was what if the top hat was lying right on the track where it would get squashed in the next movement?
Imagine doing your medium canter down the long side heading straight for your 600 pound Patey!
I can't be bothered to t look up the FEI rules, but the USEF rules say
EV134.17. The judge at C may stop a test and/or allow a competitor to restart a test from the
beginning or from any appropriate point in the test if, at his discretion, some unusual circumstance
has occurred to interrupt a test.
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