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Help, when coats are waived. . .

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  • Help, when coats are waived. . .

    The forcast for my next show is temps in the low 90's high 80's and I want to make sure I am fully prepaired if coats are waived. I have done a little homework making sure I personally read the rules

    "10. EXTREME WEATHER. At temperatures above 85°F, a heat index above 85°, or at the discretion of the Ground Jury or the Organizer, competitors will be permitted to compete without jackets, in the dressage and/or jumping tests. In such cases, competitors must wear either a long or short sleeved shirt of conservative color without neckwear;"

    I have taken this to mean that a simple polo would be acceptable, that being said I am not a simple person
    so would this be acceptable? http://www.romfh.com/en/m.php?m=prod...ucts=800942978

    Or what do you wear color wise?

  • #2
    that would be acceptable!!! its very nice and cool looking, a simple polo would do as well


    • #3
      I have a white polo shirt hanging in my trailer for when coats are waived. You just need something with sleeves and a collar (and you shouldn't wear your stock tie). I tend to go with white because it still is considered a "conservative color". You can also wear a Romfh type show shirt and just unzip it and flip it back to make a collar. Again--I would think that white would be the safest color.


      • #4
        I did two (unrecognized) events in June that were one-day HT, so no coats required if you didn't want to wear them. Given that it was stiflingly hot at both of them, hardly anyone did. I'd say 95% of people without coats were in white polos, myself included. A few were in plain white show shirts, without chokers. The handful I saw in a non-white shirt were in a pretty conservative color, like navy or pale blue.

        I'd say the style itself is fine, but the color maybe not so much, at least for dressage. Does it come in a black/white version? Though frankly, it would probably be much cheaper just to order a couple of these for the same cost as one of the Romfh shirts, to have on hand for when coats are waived.
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        • #5
          I wore one of these in white (with medium blue accents) last weekend. It was pretty sharp. I had been admiring it for a long time but balked at the price. Despite my best efforts to keep it clean I ended up with some of those inevitable horsey stains. I hope they will come out when I wash it!


          • #6
            I have a question.

            Does this rule mean if you are wearing an HJ style shirt with a ratchatcher collar that you have to take your collar off?

            Or does it just mean you can't wear a stocktie?


            • #7
              From my old days at 4-H & on, it was interpreted as NO neckwear. That includes ratcatchers.


              • #8
                Yup, no choker/ collar either.


                • #9
                  I really like the look of a white short-sleeved button down shirt! It's nice and loose and cool and looks crisp and tidy and a bit more professional to me. I first noticed how great they look when I saw that Phillip was wearing one at Seneca years ago and I promptly got one for myself.
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                  • #10
                    Some might consider the blue a bit bright, but I really don't think it would be a problem. OTOH, one fussy dressage judge could wreck your day, just because.

                    I look terrible in white, so I just don't wear it. My show shirt for wearing with a jacket is "champagne" colored (and matches my show pad and stock tie.) My hot day show shirt is a light slate blue with very discreet grey trim, in a technical (cooling) fabric. I unzip it a little and fold down the neck and it looks just like a polo. No one has ever said a thing about it.

                    Now, I do dressage, and only schooling shows. Dressage can be very stuffy, though...
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                    • #11
                      I wouldn't do that bright blue/aqua shirt - not for dressage. Best to go conservative-color. Get that same shirt in white perhaps?

                      But you can't go wrong in a white polo shirt or a white short-sleeve button-down, or even just regular short-sleeve type dressage shirt (Romph has a bunch of those)

                      I love Aeropostale for polo shirts!!! Super flattering cut, long enough to not come untucked even in XC and very reasonable.

                      If you don't want to do white, then I agree with a more muted or neutral or more conservative color (even Navy or Black)
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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by fritz56001 View Post
                        I have taken this to mean that a simple polo would be acceptable, that being said I am not a simple person
                        so would this be acceptable? http://www.romfh.com/en/m.php?m=prod...ucts=800942978

                        Or what do you wear color wise?
                        Gorgeous shirt ...
                        Dri-Lex Microfiber & other techno fabrics really are cooler than cotton.

                        But waive the jackets at a dressage show & white is really all you'll see (& the odd off-white) - possibly a bit of glitter/sheen woven into the fabric.


                        • #13
                          Now that I have one, I would wear a plaid CoolMedics vest.
                          It looks sharp and dressy, and keeps you from overheating.


                          The pic isn't great, but you would look 'dressed up', even more so than in just a polo and belt, in the plaid vest with a white polo underneath.
                          I wore one last weekend for a clinic, and it worked great. I am really sun sensitive and get heat exhaustion pretty easily.
                          Apparently these type cooling vests don't work very well in high humidity, though.


                          • #14
                            This will work.


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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by alto View Post
                              But waive the jackets at a dressage show & white is really all you'll see (& the odd off-white) - possibly a bit of glitter/sheen woven into the fabric.
                              I went to a dressage show about a week ago & wore a navy polo (in a breathable/wicking fabric). Didn't see a single person in a coat on that day. Although most people wore white shirts, I wasn't the only person in navy or black. At NAJYRC last year when they banned coats for the pure dressage (not the eventing dressage), most riders wore navy or black polos. More flattering to most people than white, and it keeps a more traditional looking color scheme going (dark upper body, light breeches, dark boots).


                              • #16
                                Black and navy can hardly be argued as not being conservative, so I think you'd be fine if you went that way. The aqua OTOH... stretching it a bit IMHO.
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                                • #17
                                  I do navy or black when coats are waved. I dislike the white polos as they are not flattering to me. I also have a nice light light blue kerrits polo that I use for schooling shows.
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                                  • #18
                                    I don't personally consider aqua to be conservative- I wouldn't wear this shirt outside of the xc course.


                                    • #19
                                      I have two polos that I will alternate depending on how high the temp is, and what type of HT, as in a local low level schooling HT, a schooling HT at a big venue, or a recognized HT.

                                      One is a light grey and goes with my navy and grey colors, its an Ariat. The other is a pale blue with chocolate trim that goes with my kerrits tan and chocolate breeches. That one is a Romfh if I recall correctly.

                                      The Ariat is heavier weight fabric but goes with everything. The other is lighter and a bit cooler.

                                      I also have a white short sleeve show shirt with a wrap collar but I haven't worn it yet. Bought it for the local h/j we'regoing to be doing for mileage.

                                      Better to go with understated colors than something that yells. Especially if the dressage judge is picky.
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                                      • #20
                                        LOL, yes, you can wear whatever has a collar, but not a choker. I just unzip the neck zipper on the shirt I wear under my jacket, I have one of the Riding Sport ones that Dover sells, the synthetic fabrics are so much cooler and short sleeves are a must for me! Mine is white with blue piping on the seams.
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