What a horse rider should wear, or not wear, for an equestrian show is often subject to conflicting opinions. It is a known fact that turning up in the wrong clothes to an equestrian show can have you locked out of the event. Most shows are subject to different rules and regulations, so it is imperative that you understand the do’s and don’ts.

This article tackles some major equestrian disciplines, and what they are about, to help you understand what to wear for riding shows.


Showjumping riders are expected to wear traditionally tailored jackets, which are mostly in dark shades such as black, grey, brown, or red. However, contemporary riders tend to use lighter colours on rare occasions.

Breeches and jodhpurs should be either white, pale yellow or fawn. When it comes to shirts, riders are allowed to wear pastel coloured shirts, with white collars. The fit of your overall outfit should be reasonably consistent.

Looking at the riding shoes, long black boots are highly preferred. Gaiters with jodhpurs might also be used.


Dressage shows are largely formal events. Riders are thus expected to wear an official uniform and hat. Irrespective of the colour combinations, riders should wear a properly tied white or cream stock. Whether you are riding at a preliminary or advanced show, the stock should complement a plain black or navy jacket.

Notably, riders are also required to match the colour of their stocks and breeches to that of their saddle clothes to create a professional look.

Players can accentuate their looks with black leather boots, brown boots with gaiters, and identical jodhpurs.

The rules governing what to wear during a riding show depend on the type of event. Thus, the only way to avoid breaching any regulation is to go over the rulebook and ensure that you fully comply with the show’s outfit rules.