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    Default The upside of the helmet rule

    No more hideous, stove pipe hats like this!

    http://chronofhorse.com/article/dutt...-cic-lead-fork
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    Hey, those guys LOVE their Abe Lincoln hats!



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    Quote Originally Posted by SaddleFitterVA View Post
    Hey, those guys LOVE their Abe Lincoln hats!
    Would that be the "honest" Abe types, or the vampire slayer Abes? (I still cannot believe anyone greenlit that idea for a movie! No matter how campy it might be.)
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    Ug. So. Ugly. Not only is that a horrible top hat - what are you in a Dickens play?? - But it looks like it was kept under someones bed for 20 years.

    The high top hats are the number #1 reason I can't take eventing dressage seriously. It's too distracting... I just sit there thinking WHAT ARE YOU WEARING?!?! The entire time.
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    I always think of a chimney sweep
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    On a serious note though, does the usef helmet rule do anything to FEI eventing dressage rules? I'm thinking not. Therefore the top hat will not be leaving.

    And for those that are curious, in eventing, men wearing the taller top hat is Traditionally correct. I personally don't like it, but I could see how older men in the sport dont want to wear the women's top hat



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    Quote Originally Posted by Sabovee View Post
    The high top hats are the number #1 reason I can't take eventing dressage seriously. It's too distracting... I just sit there thinking WHAT ARE YOU WEARING?!?! The entire time.
    Your post made me laugh

    What do you think people from other disciplines and all non-horse people think of all dressage rider's "normal" top hats?? The same thing you just posted: dickens and "what are you wearing?" Really, we are just making fun of our selves.



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    Has any one considered that he might have borrowed Buck's hat as well as his whip?
    Some riders change their horse, they change their saddle, they change their teacher; they never change themselves.



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    Quote Originally Posted by carolprudm View Post
    I always think of a chimney sweep
    Chim chim-in-ey, chim chim-in-ey
    Chim chim cher-ee!
    A sweep is as lucky, as lucky can be
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    Make a nice freestyle, that would...



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    Quote Originally Posted by flyracing View Post
    Your post made me laugh

    What do you think people from other disciplines and all non-horse people think of all dressage rider's "normal" top hats?? The same thing you just posted: dickens and "what are you wearing?" Really, we are just making fun of our selves.
    Too true! Which is why I've permanently retired my top hat. Well, that and I really like my brain... Our entire outfit needs to be revamped and made to be more sport-like and athletic if we're ever to be taken seriously.
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    Too true! Which is why I've permanently retired my top hat. Well, that and I really like my brain... Our entire outfit needs to be revamped and made to be more sport-like and athletic if we're ever to be taken seriously.
    So I totally agree on the ridiculous stove pipe eventing top hats pictured above... But I disagree on the dressage top hat. I love the top hat and shadbelly and would (will?) be totally bummed if helmets are required for FEI levels or if competition dress is changed. I totally respect people who wear a helmet by choice, but I love the traditional outfit and would hate to see the top hat gone for good.



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    So I totally agree on the ridiculous stove pipe eventing top hats pictured above... But I disagree on the dressage top hat
    To an outsider, they are equally ridiculous.
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    Nice dressage test. Thanks for posting.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Sabovee View Post
    Too true! Which is why I've permanently retired my top hat. Well, that and I really like my brain... Our entire outfit needs to be revamped and made to be more sport-like and athletic if we're ever to be taken seriously.
    I definitely agree. While I love the tradition of the show coat and top hat, they aren't exactly athletic looking. We need some designers to combine tradition with sport and the organizations(FEI, USDF, etc.) to approve. To be honest, though, I don't see much of our outfit (except helmets) changing because they don't effect safety and have always been traditional.



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    Love the shadbelly! I would like for helmet -vs- top hat to be a personal choice at the FEI level.



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    and no more women trying to dress like men!!! Glad the bowlers are gone too, those were extremely dorky at any level.
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    Default Really?

    I wouldn't slam what Phillip Dutton wore if it was a cat in the hat, hat.


    If you are looking at what's on his head instead of how well his eventing horses do dressage, then give someone else your seat at Rolex.

    I'm not completely sure, but there was an interview with a prominent event rider, with a top hat, who stated in the interview that the hat had belonged to his father.


    While I agree with helmets, I still like traditional attire.



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    Quote Originally Posted by 2ndyrgal View Post
    I wouldn't slam what Phillip Dutton wore if it was a cat in the hat, hat.


    If you are looking at what's on his head instead of how well his eventing horses do dressage, then give someone else your seat at Rolex.

    I'm not completely sure, but there was an interview with a prominent event rider, with a top hat, who stated in the interview that the hat had belonged to his father.


    While I agree with helmets, I still like traditional attire.
    I'm not going...this year, and I usually spend time in the trade fair on dressage days anyway.

    You can walk around and catch the tests on the big screen.
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