Horse Riding Competition Accessories
Posted on 08 May 2015 by Kim
If you need some tips on competition accessories, look no further. Whether you're a seasoned veteran of the competition ring, or a complete newcomer, this article takes you through everything you need, from riding stocks to a plastic mac to keep you dry if it rains!
If you’re competing regularly or as you progress up through the levels, you really need to wear a proper stock. Nowadays, a great range of stocks is available in both 'self tying' designs - which, surprise, surprise, are the ones you tie yourself or 'ready tied' designs - which are the ones that come already tied so you literally don't have to do a thing except put them on!
If you’ve got a black or navy jacket, then you need to wear a white or cream stock. These both both come in plain or patterned fabrics or 'jacquards' as they're often known. Equetech's Paisley Ready Tied Riding Stock comes in white or cream. Depending on the look you want to create for, you can also combine a stock with a bit of bling just like Equetech's Diamante Double Band Deluxe Ready Tied Riding Stock
If, however, you’ve got a tweed or check jacket, you must wear a coloured stock. Equetech’s Pin Spot Stock is an understated design that goes with practically anything and also comes with a matching scrunchie.
If you're new to competing and don’t want all the hassle of having to tie a stock, why don’t you try HKM’s bib. This is a ready-made stock along with the upper part of a show shirt. This can simply be worn inside your competition jacket.
Riding stocks always look best with a stock pin. So complete the 'Competition Look' with one of our Pin’s that come in many different designs. Some riders prefer a classic, simple pin like the Pearl Stock Pin from Equetech whilst something slightly more on-trend does it for others
Even if your breeches or jodhpurs don’t have belt loops, still wear a riding belt to create a winning look. If you’ve got a bit of bling on your spurs, why not have a bit of bling on your belt too with one of Equetech’s fabulous belts with crystal. My favourite is the Inset Crystal Belt.
In unaffiliated competitions, any type of spur could be worn. However in affiliated competitions, they must be made of metal. Those with a rotating rubber, metal or plastic ball are all permitted. HKM’s Ladies 30mm Stainless Steel Spurs are a simple pair that are ideal for dressage. If you’re a more advanced dressage rider, you might prefer Korsteel Long Neck Dressage Spurs. These spurs have a plain black leather strap but check out these dainty HKM Patent Leather Spur Straps that have a pretty buckle embedded with tiny crystals.
Wearing gloves for competing is always recommended. White gloves are actually mandatory when riding in affiliated dressage competitions.Tredstep Dressage Pro Gloves as they’re like a second skin. If you want a cheaper glove, the best value is HKM’s Softy Riding Glove with Elasticated Vent.
A Hair Net
Well, every girl hates them! If you’re going to go to all the trouble with your competition outfit, don’t mess it all up with your hair! They're not the most flattering of articles but they do actually do a discrete job. Equetech are the only brand I know that still offer a heavy weight hairnet but they also have something finer if this is what you prefer. I always wear a hairnet and then, when I’ve got it on, I then put my hair up in one of Equetech’s Crystal Velvet Hair Scrunchies, embellished with crystals it just gives that bit of added glamour!
I didn’t know that ‘show socks’ even existed until I started EQUUS. What a great idea. These ones from Tredstep have been specially designed for competition riders. They come in a great selection of colours which always looks stunning when worn with competition breeches.
The great British weather is often quite unpredictable. So take a smart and/or sensible jacket to keep warm or dry. The Mountain Horse Crew II Jacket, it’s smart and warm. If you just want to keep dry, then try a long or short plastic HKM Rain Mac, both of wish are reasonably priced.
Competition accessories make a great birthday or Christmas list so add it to your list or treat yourself if you need something sooner!