History of Show Clothing - Part 2

History of Show Clothing - Part 2

In the first part of our mini-series on the history of equestrian show clothing, we looked at the early years of riding when everyday clothing, or nothing at all if you were Greek or Roman, was worn.

By the time of the Renaissance dedicated equestrian clothing had been developed so that the nobility could wear the latest fashions even in the saddle. Across the Atlantic Ocean the clothing worn by cowboys was more practical, but still showed elements of its Spanish origins with the rowled spurs and wide brimmed hat.

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History of Show Clothing - Part 1

History of Show Clothing - Part 1

One of the things I get asked the most by non-equestrians is “Why do you wear those clothes?” The obvious answer, of course, is that jodhpurs are practical and riding boots are designed for both comfort and safety in the saddle.

However, the answer gets a little more complicated if you’re talking about show clothing. After all, why do dressage riders compete in top hat and tails? Why do western pleasure riders wear bling?

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