Schooling Show Attire

Schooling Show

While the dress code for schooling shows
is more casual, your goal is to look as neat, tidy and workmanlike as
possible. Here is a suggestion of what might be appropriate at a
schooling show. The entry form or show rules might also include
information on acceptable attire. Check with show management if you’re
not sure.

Hunt Seat:

  • Breeches (or jodhpurs for younger kids)
  • Solid-color polo shirt (tucked in)
  • Belt
  • Helmet: Schooling helmets are usually acceptable; a black helmet cover can make a schooling helmet show-ready.
  • Boots: Tall boots are preferred, but black paddock boots and matching half-chaps are OK too.


  • Jeans: Make sure your jeans are long enough to cover your ankles and the tops
    of your boots. You will probably need to purchase a longer inseam length
    for riding. Starch and crease them down the middle for a neat, tidy
  • Long-sleeved, tailored button-down cotton blouse or westernwear shirt
  • Western belt and buckle
  • Helmet or Hat: A straw hat is fine for informal shows.
  • Boots
  • Chaps (if you have them)

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    Holly Caccamise has been with Horse Illustrated and Young Rider since 2007, and in August 2019, she took over as head editor. She’s been instrumental in the production of both magazines and helped Horse Illustrated win a 2018 American Horse Publications Media Award in the General Excellence Self-Supported Publication (circulation 15,000 and over) category. Before getting involved in the editorial side of print media, she worked as an award-winning ad copywriter for Thoroughbred Times magazine. Caccamise has her MS in Animal Science from the University of Kentucky, where she studied equine nutrition and exercise physiology, and her Bachelor’s from UCLA in Biology. Caccamise has also worked as a research assistant, horse camp counselor teaching riding and vaulting, and as a top-level show groom in the eventing world, where she continues to compete her horse, Artie, at the lower levels.


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