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  • Champange breeches??

    I just purchased myself the FITS champange waffle stock tie and shirt only to find out the color has been discontinued. I'm trying to find the breeches to match, but no luck. anyone know who might have a pair in a 28 or 30r, or something close that will match?
    What do you think about brown dress boots, navy coat/helmet and champange breeches / shirt for dressage/sj? I'm thinking about asking mr. Hhh for the brown dress boots from Dogwood, but want opinions on how this might look. My tack is brown and I have a palomino.

  • #2
    On a palomino, that would be lovely. Says the owner of another palomino, a deep gold one, currently working on pulling together a good show outfit along the same lines... We have the brown saddle and a cream saddle pad, very dark navy jacket, and the rest will come.

    Cream or champagne breeches are tough to find! I think Pikeur makes some, as does Tropical Rider.
    You have to have experiences to gain experience.

    1998 Morgan mare Mythic Feronia "More Valley Girl Than Girl Scout!"


    • #3
      I think the navy/champagne combo of your shirt/stock/jacket/helmet/breeches will look nice, however I'm not a fan of the idea of brown boots. For dressage I definitely prefer the look of the black. Overall I truly prefer, black jacket, white shirt/stock and then white or tan breeches, however I think the navy/champagne will be fine.

      ETA: I just realized you were on a palomino! In that case, I think the navy/champagne will look really nice! I'm still not a fan of the brown boots though.


      • #4
        Some years ago, I got Kentucky champagne breeches for dressage. And they did look nice. Even on a bay.


        • #5
          ebay for fits champagne colored - new!


          • #6
            Check out Dressage Extensions website. They usually have interesting show legal colors.

            I, too, am not a fan of the brown boots. The rest, however, love.


            • #7
              Brown boots really only go with a tweed jacket. For show jumping or schooling shows (my opinion). But then they are fantastic.


              • #8
                Action Rider Tack has them on clearance, but only XL is left.


                I'm normally a 32 in breeches, and wear the FITS L pull on, but the XL zip style.


                • #9
                  So WHY did FITS discontinue the champagne breeches? grumble...
                  You have to have experiences to gain experience.

                  1998 Morgan mare Mythic Feronia "More Valley Girl Than Girl Scout!"


                  • #10
                    I did the FITS champagne with brown jacket tho with black boots, loved the look!

                    I've been frustrated with FITS for two years since they discontinued the champagne breech... don't get why they stopped making it in the breech but not the shirt/stock... need a new pair of breech because I rode in the pouring rain in mine and have a bit of stain from the saddle and my belt where it bleed, so would like a new pair!

                    Lets take up a petition and make FITS make them again!!


                    • #11
                      I love brown tack in dressage (I know I know, very unconventional) and I think it will look BRILLIANT on your palomino. (with your brown boots)

                      Sounds lovely and DO post pics when you get your ensemble together
                      Equine & Pet Portrait Artist
                      **Morgans Do It All**


                      • Original Poster

                        Thanks for all the replies, guys!

                        I suppose I could put the coat/helmet/breeches/stock, etc together and try it with the brown boots that I already have (that don't fit me well...ebay buy) that I use for cubbing and see how that looks?? I'm a huge fan of brown, but I don't know that I really want to stand out more on my palomino with a Mohawk! Definitely good to have everyone's opinion. Don't want to seem to cas. in the dressage ring.

                        Wasn't there an upper level dressage rider who rode in very dark brown boots in her brown tack?

                        I am in full support of petitioning FITS to sell the champagne breeches again! I think they look lovely! Why did they stop such a good thing??


                        • #13
                          Love the color of the Tropical Rider breeches

                          I don't think they call them champagne--perhaps cream? Anyway, they're gorgeous. And Tropical Rider is so easy to deal with, and have excellent quality stuff.

                          I think your ensemble sounds great. I'm a fan of brown tack, even though I have a mish mash of mostly black, currently.
                          Last edited by rebeginner; Dec. 14, 2011, 04:52 PM. Reason: astonishing typo


                          • #14
                            Per the rules, brown boots are allowed:

                            DRESSAGE TEST.
                            a. Horse Trials (Beginner Novice through Preliminary)—protective headgear—predominantly
                            black or dark blue;
                            Coat—dark color or tweed, tail coats are not permitted;
                            Shirt—white or light color, with stock and pin, or choker, or tie; Gloves (if worn)—dark color, tan, beige or white; Jodhpurs, Britches—light color or white; Boots—black, brown,
                            field, jodhpur or a black or brown full grain smooth leather leg piece and matching leather boots.

                            So everything you want is legal, so go for it!

                            I like the cream/champagne look as white can be a PITA.

                            I ride a bay, but my favorite competition outfit is a dark blue pinstripe coat, cream stock and breeches, black boots and helmet.
                            I love my OTTB! I get my dressage test done faster!


                            • #15
                              Caviar dreams!

                              I'm not helping, I realize, but I can't be the only one who read "champange breeches" and immediately thought "caviar dreams".


                              • #16
                                I scribed for a judge at a dressage show who remarked MULTIPLE times at how good one particular rider's turnout looked -- she was on a Haflinger with a creme (champagne?) pad, breeches & gloves and navy jacket. I think her boots/tack were black though? But it was the only rider whose turnout she made a comment on all day!


                                • Original Poster

                                  Thank you for enabling!!

                                  You guys are so good! This is so much fun!

                                  Okay, so if I do go for the brown dress boot look, I should go with some brown gloves to match, no? Or should I try for a cream/champagne glove?

                                  My turn to enable, I think this look would be fantastic on any color not just palomino!

                                  Here's what we looked like two seasons ago (still had the black dressage saddle, now just have a brown a/p):



                                  • #18
                                    I love cream breeches would never wear white as so unflattering. Pikeur do them if need be.

                                    I also love brown boots but they should never be worn with blue jacket and only tweed. In the UK they are the one thing that everyone wants. Look at photos of WFP or Sarah Coen as they have some very smart brown boots with tweed.


                                    On a show horse
                                    The only place where success comes before work is in the dictionary.


                                    • #19
                                      Not to hijack; I LOVE the champagne breeches/shirts. BUT...

                                      Where do you find a champagne saddle pad??
                                      --Becky in TX
                                      Clinic Blogs and Rolex Blogs
                                      She who throws dirt is losing ground.


                                      • #20

                                        OTTBs rule, but spots are good too!