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  • I'm the new generation - I think top hats look idiotic

    I have been reading all this discussion about helmets and designing ones that are elegant and I can't help but wonder, what is so elegant about a top hat?

    I grew up in Europe and I'm in my late 20s and I think a nice velvet GPA or other nice helmet with a stripe down the middle is the most elegant look. I look at people in top hats with their make up and all and I wonder - do these people actually think that is elegant? To me it looks ridiculous, stuffy and stupid.

    So obviously being elegant is not an objective concept - it has to do with what you are used to seeing. I am glad that my friends, peers and kids will get to see helmets everywhere and most likely also consider them elegant just like I do. Go USEF!! THANK YOU for this new rule.

    Its like with boots - people used to wear those one that were straight at the top - now we have spanish cut tops and that is in. Its just a matter of getting used to the new style.

  • #2
    Well, I concur.

    However, may I add that over the years I have heard numerous discussions as to why do the riders have to wear the 'penguin' suits?

    Dressage is about how the horse accomplishes the movements, not about the 'costume' the rider is wearing.
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    • #3
      I agree. We will never be taken seriously as athletes as long as we dress like little old men on our way to the opera.
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      • #4
        Originally posted by SillyHorse View Post
        I agree. We will never be taken seriously as athletes as long as we dress like little old men on our way to the opera.
        More like, little old men on the way to the opera, 100 years ago. I've not seen too many little old men go to the opera in tails and a top hat in recent years

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        • #5
          Ditto! I came from hunter land and I'm just used to seeing helmets. I will admit to loving the tails though I think the top hats look silly!
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          • #6
            I'm always amazed the independent women of modern times continue to accept the dress code for dressage that was imposed on them by men in the 1950s and 1960s.

            I wonder if I'll ever go to a dressage show and see women protesting by burning their top hats and coat tails (bra burning optional).
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            • #7
              Originally posted by Hampton Bay View Post
              More like, little old men on the way to the opera, 100 years ago. I've not seen too many little old men go to the opera in tails and a top hat in recent years
              Not to the opera, but in New Orleans, it is still the required dress for men at the old-line Mardi Gras balls.

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              • #8
                I'm old-school (even though I'm only 26), and think a top hat and tails looks very elegant on most people. I love seeing pics of myself in a topper and tails. I worked HARD to earn those things, and I'm pretty peeved that USEF decided to take away my choice to wear my top hat in any class I choose.

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                • #9
                  The top hat can go as far as I'm concerned. I saw even in Florida last winter (after Courtney's accident) FEI riders wearing helmets with their top coats. I thought it looked fine.

                  Really, when you think about it...a top hat as headwear when riding a horse? Where did that come from?! The carriage drivers from Ole New England? It does seem a bit odd and is so far removed from being athletic wear as to be nearly ridiculous. Of course, so are white breeches around horses.:-)
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                  • #10
                    I can think of several women who are going to be ever so bummed not to be able to wear their top hats at TRAINING level!!! Ridiculous....yes!

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by JLR1 View Post
                      I can think of several women who are going to be ever so bummed not to be able to wear their top hats at TRAINING level!!! Ridiculous....yes!
                      I wear mine at training, but I've also shown through I1 so far. I earned that right as far as I'm concerned.

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                      • #12
                        I think GPAs make the riders look like they have more money than brains to protect. HATE the outline of all the new helmets, and will be happy when they finally develop a hunt cap that has the old profile without the mushroom head.

                        Top hats? The dressage ones look silly, but side saddle looks best in historic costume with a top hat and veil. (Derbys look goofy and always have even when they were in. Dome shapes were not meant to be worn on the head.)
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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by dressurpferd01 View Post
                          I'm old-school (even though I'm only 26), and think a top hat and tails looks very elegant on most people.
                          I'm only 23, but I agree! I've never gotten to compete in a top hat and tails, and honestly, I'm not sure I'll ever get to that level, but I'd sure love to have a chance to wear them someday.
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                          • #14
                            Women are earning the right to wear what men told them 50 years ago was acceptable riding attire?

                            Okey, dokey.
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                            • #15
                              Obviously, Mike, we've come a long ways, baby. We too can crush our brains on an equal basis. :-)
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                              • #16
                                I'm in agreement with you, Mike. I wish we were allowed to dress like ATHLETES, not 18th century military officers.

                                But, dangit, I just bought a stunning navy blue topper. What do I do with it now? Waaaah!

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                                • #17
                                  The new rule is appropriate and well overdue.
                                  I will be wearing my helmet at FEI, I'm glad I can finally do it without people thinking my horse is some kind of fire breathing dragon (he isn't!).

                                  Now, we need to implement polo shirts instead of fricken jackets!
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                                  • #18
                                    I guess we could all show in T-shirts and cutoffs....
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                                    • #19
                                      Originally posted by Touchstone Farm View Post
                                      Obviously, Mike, we've come a long ways, baby. We too can crush our brains on an equal basis. :-)
                                      History says you were doing that side saddle many moons ago.
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                                      • #20
                                        Originally posted by altjaeger View Post
                                        I guess we could all show in T-shirts and cutoffs....
                                        I'm sure if dressage women sat down with female sport clothing designers, some functional, athletic, and classy riding attire would come to fruition.
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