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  • Braids in FEI Grand Prix classes?

    Watching the Grand Prix at Tryon tonight (what a venue here, might I say), and noticed a number of horses without braids.

    Is there a point when they become mandatory in recognized Grand Prix classes? Asking out of pure curiosity and on mobile so apologies for not searching rulebooks, as I would normally before asking.
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    I never thought braids were a requirement for any division let alone jumpers.

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      Originally posted by Denali6298 View Post
      I never thought braids were a requirement for any division let alone jumpers.
      Well for hunters braids does more easily show off a horse's developed neck muscles...

      For jumpers I don't know the utility other than "it looks nice" but hoping someone more knowledgeable might educate us on what is likely a tradition.
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        Braids are not mandatory in any hunter, equitation, nor jumper classes. Grand Prix jumpers have gone braidless for years (for forever?), even in classes as big as the AIG $1millions and bigger.
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          Originally posted by mmeqcenter View Post
          Braids are not mandatory in any hunter, equitation, nor jumper classes. Grand Prix jumpers have gone braidless for years (for forever?), even in classes as big as the AIG $1millions and bigger.
          Good to know! Thanks. They sure do look nice though.
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            They're never mandatory but sometimes people like dressing up for the big day. Really for the jumpers it's about how you want the photographs to turn out.
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              Originally posted by Another-Bay View Post

              Well for hunters braids does more easily show off a horse's developed neck muscles...

              For jumpers I don't know the utility other than "it looks nice" but hoping someone more knowledgeable might educate us on what is likely a tradition.
              Okay wow. I answered your question, same as others. I’m knowledgeable enough to not have to post this question on a BB.

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                Originally posted by Denali6298 View Post

                Okay wow. I answered your question, same as others. I’m knowledgeable enough to not have to post this question on a BB.
                Hey - sorry - I do realize the way I wrote that could read snotty, not how I meant it at all. Only was opening the door for someone to answer with certainty or a rule reference, if there was one. I placed too much emphasis on "thought" in your response, clearly.

                Certainly appreciate the answer, and I am not questioning your knowledge (which I am sure is vast). Merely me firing off a too quick response between watching rounds. My bad.
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                  No rule at any level in the jumpers, as has already been answered. I've been showing my horse in FEI grand prixes for many years and have never braided him and never will. Just doesn't suit him. And also, I don't have grooms, so am often running like a crazy person trying to keep my regular horses (stabled in non-FEI stabling often across the show grounds) showing prior to getting to my horse in FEI stabling to get him ready to go for the classes. So all of that to say that there are a variety of reasons people don't braid, and my two are having a horse who looks better unbraided and lack of time.
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                    Braids are required in the USEF rules for sidesaddle classes.

                    Other than that, braids are always optional for all hunter, jumper, and equitation classes.

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                      It's a personal preference. For example, Beezie Madden never braids her horses.

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                      • #12
                        Actually a lot of riders/grooms feel that braids or plaits prohibit a horse from stretching and reaching across the huge oxers or water jumps ...that what I was led to believe and I never plaited unless it was for the jog (and I had time) ..and I groomed at the 5* level
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                          Easier to grab mane if it’s not braided, too. That was always my rationale for not braiding when I was showing in the bigger classes
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                            Originally posted by MHM View Post
                            Braids are required in the USEF rules for sidesaddle classes.

                            Other than that, braids are always optional for all hunter, jumper, and equitation classes.
                            Manes can be roached and tails pulled in sidesaddle classes, too. I also think those details are required in the sidesaddle-specific hunter classes, since they have a large percentage going toward appointments. They also have rules about what kind of sandwiches and beverages are being carried in their sandwich case and flask. I *believe* those persons showing in other classes that happen to be riding in a sidesaddle do not need to follow the sidesaddle-specific appointment rules, so if somebody was showing Grand Prix jumpers aside they would not need to braid and have cucumber sandwiches, but I’m not sure about that.

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                              Originally posted by Toblersmom View Post

                              Manes can be roached and tails pulled in sidesaddle classes, too. I also think those details are required in the sidesaddle-specific hunter classes, since they have a large percentage going toward appointments. They also have rules about what kind of sandwiches and beverages are being carried in their sandwich case and flask. I *believe* those persons showing in other classes that happen to be riding in a sidesaddle do not need to follow the sidesaddle-specific appointment rules, so if somebody was showing Grand Prix jumpers aside they would not need to braid and have cucumber sandwiches, but I’m not sure about that.
                              There is no rule to have a cucumber sandwich in the Grand Prix. The rule is for the class, not the tack.
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