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Looking for photos! Rust breeches or brown boots at the A's

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  • Looking for photos! Rust breeches or brown boots at the A's

    I've had quite the discussion going with a friend of mine lately over whether you can show in the hunters at rated shows in rust breeches and/or brown field boots (obviously not in classes requiring formal attire). She insists that, even though there is no rule specifically prohibiting such classic timeless items of attire, if you dared appear in a show ring dressed as such the judge would be so horrified you'd never see a ribbon (that is if you didn't get laughed off the show grounds first). I've searched, and there are several threads that reference riders wearing - and pinning in - rust and/or brown boots in hunter classes, but they don't often mention an actual name or if they do I can't find pictures. Can anyone help me out, or at least point me in the right direction for searching?

  • #2
    Never have I seen anyone show in rust color breeches or brown boots (though I think brown boots are starting to show up on a very few really rich girls, only seen in pics from the states) and I only show A rated and show quite a bit.


    • #3
      IMHO there is nothing wrong with rust breeches and brown boots. I am actually dying to get a pair of brown boots.
      Spend so much time improving yourself that you have no time left to criticize others.


      • #4
        The proper color for field boots is brown. The black field boots appeared in the 80's, at horse shows only. Rust breeches are just as proper.

        My first pair of custom Dehner field boots were brown, subsequent pairs have been black, the difference is a decade. Don't show up fox hunting in black field boots they are not correct.

        There is no problem with wearing either, if you want to stand out from everyone else on a bay horse. It will give the judge something to mark on their card next to your number to help them remember which one you were. Unless your trip was so fabulous or so horrific that they don't need any extra notes.


        • #5
          I feel like rust breeches and brown boots fall into the category of go for it, but you will stand out. Along with paint horses, breastplates, white rubber reins (jumpers only!), a subtle clipped heart on a horse's butt, and probably some other recent topics I'm missing.

          If you can lay down a nice trip it won't matter what you look like (barring something that falls under "unconventional tack" or that comes across as disrespectful to the judge.) In fact, it might make the judge take a second look at your flawless course. On the other hand, when you miss that lead change or break in a hack the judge isn't going to miss it.


          • #6
            I have never seen this combination at any A or AA show but it is not illegal so is permissible. I personally am not confident enough to go for that look! I did see a couple pairs of brown boots at WEF this year, though neither were with rust breeches.


            • #7
              Not the hunters, but Meredith Michaels- Beerbaum wore brown boots in the Fidelity GP, I think.


              • #8
                Originally posted by Rel6 View Post
                I feel like rust breeches and brown boots fall into the category of go for it, but you will stand out.
                ...And why would you NOT want to stand out?

                It's a horse SHOW, not a lesson!!

                OP, look for photos of Maggie Jayne winning Maclay (or was it Medal?) finals. She rocked the rust at one or the other.

                Seal Harbor is completely correct. The look was oxblood brown field boots, rust breeches, brown hat/belt/gloves. And at the hunt near me, you actually have to call the Hunt Secretary or MFH to get permission to hunt in black field boots. Permission will be granted but with no great enthusiasm.
                "The standard you walk by is the standard you accept."--Lt. Gen. David Morrison, Austalian Army Chief


                • #9
                  My old trainer would not let me wear my rust breeches to show in at an A show. I have worn them however at a local show. We used to ride in brown field boots and rust breeches in the 70's. I have not seen anyone wearing brown field boots at a show since then. Also love the Pytchley coats with the velvet collars and gold buttons. Have not seen them either since the 70's. (I did not ride in the 80's) so I don't know if they were around then.


                  • #10
                    My daughter showed in rust breeches quite frequently at both A and AA shows the last few years and when she laid down a nice trip and the horse jumped well, she got a good jog.


                    • Original Poster

                      Originally posted by westie55 View Post
                      I have never seen this combination at any A or AA show but it is not illegal so is permissible. I personally am not confident enough to go for that look! I did see a couple pairs of brown boots at WEF this year, though neither were with rust breeches.
                      I don't mean it necessarily has to be both together, I said rust and/or brown boots


                      • Original Poster

                        Originally posted by War Admiral View Post
                        OP, look for photos of Maggie Jayne winning Maclay (or was it Medal?) finals. She rocked the rust at one or the other.
                        Do you know what year that would have been?


                        • Original Poster

                          Originally posted by ponymom64 View Post
                          My daughter showed in rust breeches quite frequently at both A and AA shows the last few years and when she laid down a nice trip and the horse jumped well, she got a good jog.
                          Do you have any photos?


                          • #14
                            Those of you who have "never seen it" have obviously not been around for very long.

                            Here's my horse at Upperville. Black boots, not brown, but only because I didn't have my brown ones then.
                            They're small hearts.


                            • #15
                              Originally posted by AlterEgoGirl View Post
                              Do you have any photos?
                              I do but my photo site is blocked from my work machine - I will see what I can do


                              • #16
                                I was just at an A rated show in Zone 3 this weekend, and one of the pros was showing in rust breeches. Looked nice.
                                Equus Doth Indeed Makeus Brokeus. Or Brokeus Meus -- when you have a baby warmblood, it could be either one!


                                • #17
                                  The first pic in my signature line. We were neither laughed off the show grounds nor denied any ribbons.

                                  Would love some brown field boots. Yum.
                                  "Can you imagine what I would do if I could do all I can?" Sun Tzu, The Art of War


                                  • #18
                                    Rust is really not all that uncommon; brown boots probably less common but not unheard of. Like any less common combination, it does help you stand out in the sea of tan - that can be good or bad depending on the round in question. I personally do not believe that any judge would refuse to use a rider wearing rust and/or brown and never felt I was penalized in any way when I wore mine. Sadly my pretty Cordovan field boots no longer fit, or I'd be wearing them still.

                                    I wore rust with a navy coat a lot on this particular horse (although here we are doing a jumper class as a warmup.) Sorry it's a bit blurry - this is all I had on my laptop.
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                                    • #19

                                      I stumbled across these the other day while looking around blogs - and I honestly think this looks absolutely lovely with the rusts and navy coat on her gorgeous horse.
                                      I also know of a girl who's entire barn shows in rusts, every rider at every show (hunters, jumpers, and eq on the A/AA circuit).
                                      I've worn rusts with black, navy, and grey coats. Rust breeches are traditional, and I personally love them. A lot.

                                      As for brown boots, I have a really hard time finding boots that fit, and the only ones I've found that do don't come in brown. However I went through a stage (for 11 years) where I refused to ride in black boots/chaps at home and demanded that they be brown. I recently settled for black because they were the only ones in the store at the time, and my others had a hole in the sole.
                                      "It's hard to wait for something you know might not happen, but it's even harder to give up when you know it's everything you want."
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                                      • #20
                                        Here are some photos:

                                        With a black coat

                                        And with a taupe jacket

                                        Posting from my phone, so hope that works