• Welcome to the Chronicle Forums.
    Please complete your profile. The forums and the rest of www.chronofhorse.com has single sign-in, so your log in information for one will automatically work for the other. Disclaimer: The opinions expressed here are the views of the individual and do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of The Chronicle of the Horse.

Announcement

Collapse

Forum rules and no-advertising policy

As a participant on this forum, it is your responsibility to know and follow our rules. Please read this message in its entirety.

Board Rules

1. You’re responsible for what you say.
As outlined in Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, The Chronicle of the Horse and its affiliates, as well Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd., the developers of vBulletin, are not legally responsible for statements made in the forums.

This is a public forum viewed by a wide spectrum of people, so please be mindful of what you say and who might be reading it—details of personal disputes are likely better handled privately. While posters are legally responsible for their statements, the moderators may in their discretion remove or edit posts that violate these rules. Users have the ability to modify or delete their own messages after posting, but administrators generally will not delete posts, threads or accounts upon request.

Outright inflammatory, vulgar, harassing, malicious or otherwise inappropriate statements and criminal charges unsubstantiated by a reputable news source or legal documentation will not be tolerated and will be dealt with at the discretion of the moderators.

2. Conversations in horse-related forums should be horse-related.
The forums are a wonderful source of information and support for members of the horse community. While it’s understandably tempting to share information or search for input on other topics upon which members might have a similar level of knowledge, members must maintain the focus on horses.

3. Keep conversations productive, on topic and civil.
Discussion and disagreement are inevitable and encouraged; personal insults, diatribes and sniping comments are unproductive and unacceptable. Whether a subject is light-hearted or serious, keep posts focused on the current topic and of general interest to other participants of that thread. Utilize the private message feature or personal email where appropriate to address side topics or personal issues not related to the topic at large.

4. No advertising in the discussion forums.
Posts in the discussion forums directly or indirectly advertising horses, jobs, items or services for sale or wanted will be removed at the discretion of the moderators. Use of the private messaging feature or email addresses obtained through users’ profiles for unsolicited advertising is not permitted.

Company representatives may participate in discussions and answer questions about their products or services, or suggest their products on recent threads if they fulfill the criteria of a query. False "testimonials" provided by company affiliates posing as general consumers are not appropriate, and self-promotion of sales, ad campaigns, etc. through the discussion forums is not allowed.

Paid advertising is available on our classifieds site and through the purchase of banner ads. The tightly monitored Giveaways forum permits free listings of genuinely free horses and items available or wanted (on a limited basis). Items offered for trade are not allowed.

Advertising Policy Specifics
When in doubt of whether something you want to post constitutes advertising, please contact a moderator privately in advance for further clarification. Refer to the following points for general guidelines:

Horses – Only general discussion about the buying, leasing, selling and pricing of horses is permitted. If the post contains, or links to, the type of specific information typically found in a sales or wanted ad, and it’s related to a horse for sale, regardless of who’s selling it, it doesn’t belong in the discussion forums.

Stallions – Board members may ask for suggestions on breeding stallion recommendations. Stallion owners may reply to such queries by suggesting their own stallions, only if their horse fits the specific criteria of the original poster. Excessive promotion of a stallion by its owner or related parties is not permitted and will be addressed at the discretion of the moderators.

Services – Members may use the forums to ask for general recommendations of trainers, barns, shippers, farriers, etc., and other members may answer those requests by suggesting themselves or their company, if their services fulfill the specific criteria of the original post. Members may not solicit other members for business if it is not in response to a direct, genuine query.

Products – While members may ask for general opinions and suggestions on equipment, trailers, trucks, etc., they may not list the specific attributes for which they are in the market, as such posts serve as wanted ads.

Event Announcements – Members may post one notification of an upcoming event that may be of interest to fellow members, if the original poster does not benefit financially from the event. Such threads may not be “bumped” excessively. Premium members may post their own notices in the Event Announcements forum.

Charities/Rescues – Announcements for charitable or fundraising events can only be made for 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organizations. Special exceptions may be made, at the moderators’ discretion and direction, for board-related events or fundraising activities in extraordinary circumstances.

Occasional posts regarding horses available for adoption through IRS-registered horse rescue or placement programs are permitted in the appropriate forums, but these threads may be limited at the discretion of the moderators. Individuals may not advertise or make announcements for horses in need of rescue, placement or adoption unless the horse is available through a recognized rescue or placement agency or government-run entity or the thread fits the criteria for and is located in the Giveaways forum.

5. Do not post copyrighted photographs unless you have purchased that photo and have permission to do so.

6. Respect other members.
As members are often passionate about their beliefs and intentions can easily be misinterpreted in this type of environment, try to explore or resolve the inevitable disagreements that arise in the course of threads calmly and rationally.

If you see a post that you feel violates the rules of the board, please click the “alert” button (exclamation point inside of a triangle) in the bottom left corner of the post, which will alert ONLY the moderators to the post in question. They will then take whatever action, or no action, as deemed appropriate for the situation at their discretion. Do not air grievances regarding other posters or the moderators in the discussion forums.

Please be advised that adding another user to your “Ignore” list via your User Control Panel can be a useful tactic, which blocks posts and private messages by members whose commentary you’d rather avoid reading.

7. We have the right to reproduce statements made in the forums.
The Chronicle of the Horse may copy, quote, link to or otherwise reproduce posts, or portions of posts, in print or online for advertising or editorial purposes, if attributed to their original authors, and by posting in this forum, you hereby grant to The Chronicle of the Horse a perpetual, non-exclusive license under copyright and other rights, to do so.

8. We reserve the right to enforce and amend the rules.
The moderators may delete, edit, move or close any post or thread at any time, or refrain from doing any of the foregoing, in their discretion, and may suspend or revoke a user’s membership privileges at any time to maintain adherence to the rules and the general spirit of the forum. These rules may be amended at any time to address the current needs of the board.

Please see our full Terms of Service and Privacy Policy for more information.

Thanks for being a part of the COTH forums!

(Revised 1/26/16)
See more
See less

What to expect...

Collapse
X
  • Filter
  • Time
  • Show
Clear All
new posts

  • What to expect...

    So I am from hunterland and have a few questions about show attire for dressage. I am planning on taking some of my younger horses to a show here in August. They are only 5 year olds so I will only be doing the intro level and training level. What would be appropriate show attire for this level? It is a USDF recognized show (Lazy E dressage classic).

    I know for the lower levels the attire and tack is less strict but was wondering what to expect. I imagine it will be blazing hot out, so will people be wearing coats? I just bought a dressage saddle (yay!), but still only have hunter/jumper attire and would rather not spend much on new clothes since I am only doing lower levels. Are tan breeches ever acceptable or should I wear white (both of course are knee patch)? What type of shirt is acceptable (polo, long sleeved show shirt, or a special dressage shirt)? I have a several show jackets but of course they are the 3 buttoned hunter coats. I will definitely be wearing my field boots and helmet (hubby will not approve of me new boots when I just bought a new dressage saddle...).

    One last question... I have lots of experience doing hunter braids. I know dressage braids are generally larger (and fewer), but is there a special way they are tied? And at the lower levels will all the horses be braided or not?

    Any other advice would be appreciated- I would like to not look stupid (although I am sure I will still stick out like a sore thumb!). Thanks!

  • #2
    The only thing I'd worry about is your shirt. If coats are waved, which they usually are at high temps, then a short sleeve, no collar without stock tie is a must. White is standard. Would invest in this one thing, IMO. And a stock tie if you don't own one. Beige breeches are fine, as are hunt coats if they are brown or black (solid colors prefered). Don't worry about buttons, the judge never counts them. Also don't worry about type of boot if you have tall ones. Velvet covered helmets are the norm but wear what protects your head, though black, dark colors are prefered (no pink). Saw someone with a Tipperary helmet at the last rated show and no one blinked.

    Braid in a way that looks nice and allows your horse to stretch his neck out for long and low. Big button braids can look nice but it's all in what sets off your horse's neck to the best advantage.

    Have fun and good luck!

    Comment


    • #3
      Since it's USDF Recognized, I'd go as traditional as possible. Around here, it's not so much the level you are riding, but whether or not the show is recognized or not.

      Whatever you have for a helmet is fine. You'll see mostly the Charles Ownes types, but I see a lot of the Tipperarys, too, especially among the younger and newer to dressage riders.

      Get a show shirt in the event of waived coats. I'd get white. The FITS waffle weave is a good choice. They may or may not waive coats -- when they do they usually wait until people are on the brink of death first. So, plan on wearing it.

      Get a stock tie. Your breeches are fine. Your boots are fine.
      Your jacket is fine. Black gloves.

      Have fun!

      Comment


      • #4
        Tan breeches are fine, as is a 3 button hunt coat as long as it isn't a light color. Fields boots are fine, and any dark color helmet will work.

        Solid navy and black are traditional, but no one will balk at a faint pinstripe or plaid, or a very dark grey.

        Under the coat, you can get away with pretty much any shirt with a white stock tie over it. Most people will wear a short sleeve show shirt, or high tech shirt (Kerrits with the half zip neck, etc.) in white or a pastel. However, you can wear a regular show shirt with a choker if you prefer as long as its white or pastel. Honestly, the judge won't care unless its a dark or shockingly bright color.

        If coats are waived, most will wear a white polo shirt or a short sleeve white show shirt without neckwear.

        Comment

        • Original Poster

          #5
          Thanks everybody! Sounds like I will be ordering a stock tie and a new show shirt!

          Comment


          • #6
            Although the rules don't specifically say this, I would be sure that whatever shirt you ride in has a collar. My summer show shirts have like a mock turtleneck w/ a short zipper. I leave it just a bit open. Polo shirts are also fine. I have seen people criticized at schooling shows for wearing shirt w/ no collar.
            We don't get less brave; we get a bigger sense of self-preservation........

            Comment

            Working...
            X