The hunter ring still trends toward traditional navy coats. “However, riders are
venturing into the ring in shades of
green, gray and varying degrees of
blue—albeit darker blues—as well as
black,” notes Corn.
When it comes to breeches, it’s
all about a lighter shade of beige.
Euroseat breeches with silicone
grip are also making their way into
We asked three
experts from the merchandising and judging worlds
for their input on what’s in and what’s out for hunters,
jumpers and dressage riders this year (see “Expert
Panel,” pg. 29).
There are certain classic show ring pieces that will never go out of
style, emphasizes Dover Saddlery’s
Patricia Nesto. These are a great
place to start if you’re on a budget.
By purchasing well-fitted pieces
in traditional colors, such as a white
shirt, a navy or black show coat and
light tan breeches, you’ll be the most
versatile. “These will be acceptable in
every ring and at every horse show
you go to,” says Nesto.
Many of the details that were
once only available at higher-end
price points (think technical fabrics
and wrap-collar shirts) are now
available in all price points, allowing
riders to be trendy on a budget.
Still, both Nesto and USEF judge
William Sparks note that fit is key: If
a jacket doesn’t fit well, it won’t look
good, no matter how much it costs.
like these mid-
are a versatile
Performance fabric shirts
Wrap collar shirts
Shirts with patterned
trim on cuffs and collars
Coats made of a
Leather belts or C4 belts
Technical breeches with
Gray and sable-colored
Bright or unusual coat
colors (high-shine navy,
burgundy or gray)
Interesting trim details
Separate collars on show
Greenish, canary and
Ultra low-rise breeches
Super blingy belts
Cotton pull-on breeches
White or light green
Super short coats
ring attire in any