Finding a competition jacket can be a difficult task; from choosing the right colour for you and your horse to deciding what shape and material you want for your discipline. Here's a guide to help you find your perfect jacket.
Showing - Tweed is an essential part of your showing wardrobe but getting the right tweed can be hard. Does it match your horse's colouring? Is it the right colour? Depending on what classes you are doing you may be asked to wear a navy show jacket instead, so always double check! Head over to our blog post all about what to wear whilst showing: https://bit.ly/2Kw2iGF
We recommend the Shires Huntington Tweed Jackets which come in multiple colours, and have a flattering tailored fit and double air vents. Alternatively, the Pikeur Klea Show Jacket has a new cut, featuring narrower sleeves and ventilation eyelets under the arm for reliable sweat absorption. It's a great option for the summer!
Dressage - This is all about looking smart and showing off what you and your horse have been practising for so long! With dressage being quite traditional, your choices are black or navy. You can add a bit of sparkle though, either on your jacket or your hat. The jacket you may want or need depends on what level you're at. If you're at Grand Prix level, tails might be advised.
We recommend the Equetech Jersey Dressage Tailcoat. This competition jacket is double-breasted and made out of stretch jersey so you're comfortable in the saddle. The Equiline Alessia Competition Jacket is another good choice, with silver and crystal flower detailing to the collar to make sure you stand out in the ring.
Show Jumping - This is where you can have some fun! Your jacket colour is up to you - it can match the colours you use on your horse or you can stick with the traditional black or navy. You can also add a bit of bling, if that's what you're into! With most show jumping competitions happening during the summer months, a lightweight competition jacket is a must for staying cool.
We recommend the Ariat Artico Lightweight Show Jacket. Made from a nylon and spandex blend fabric, it's ultra-light and incredibly stretchy for a comfortable and neat fit. The jacket also has an unlined construction for better breathability and movement. Lastly, the Aubrion Calder Show Jacket is fantastic if you're a fan of colour. With four colours to choose from, you'll definitely stand out.