1. lifebeginswithyourhealth

    I found your article on how to dress for competition to be very interesting and informative, I never realized their was a correct way to dress for such an event. I am wondering where do one get such attire, even more how expensive is this attire to purchase ?

    I love horses and I myself thought of competing as a young boy, I only had a little farm horse but to me he was the fastest race horse alive.

    • Martina

      Hey there! Yes, there are very strict dress codes for dressage competition. How you look is just important as how well you ride in one of these, especially as you get to the upper levels. It can get pretty pricy but if you buy online sometimes you can find good deals on Amazon. You can also find them on sites like Dover Saddlery, etc. If you like shopping retail then simply Google your closest dressage boutique.

      I’ll probably write an article soon about what dressage clothing to buy and where to get it so stay tuned if you’re interested. And awww – don’t we all have that one special horse in our lives we grew up with.

  2. Calvin

    I did not realize how much one must do to prepare for competition. Your article laid out everything a person needs to know to prepare for dressage. I was not aware of the color requirements, nor the strict guidelines for women. My younger daughter has recently become interested in horse riding. I had her read your post too; she was quite surprised!

    • Martina

      Hey Calvin,

      Oh yeah, there’s plenty that goes into prepping besides the actual training. Especially with dressage, you definitely gotta look the part. I’m really happy that you found it useful and if your daughter has any questions, let her know she can ask me anything 🙂



  3. Tia Thordarson

    Hello, I am aware that in many rulebooks it does not gender specify stock ties, ties, and collars. Knowing it is technically allowed for a woman to wear regular tie, would it reflect better if i wore a stock tie in comeptition, or just a tie?

    • Martina

      Hi Tia,

      Thank you for your question!

      It shouldn’t technically reflect better one way or the other. If you prefer a sleeker appearance and like some colour contrast, then feel free to go with just a tie. Also if you are a bit on the bustier side, the extra ruffle to the stock tie can add extra bulk that some women find is too much so they prefer to stick with the sleeker option. I do find that if all the other women are wearing stock ties and you’re the only one with a regular tie – you’ll definitely stand out 🙂

      Hope this helps,

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