Despite the polar vortex wreaking its havoc… FOREVER, show season is almost upon us suckers that didn’t make it to Florida! With FEI riding apparel rules loosening up over the last few years, colour (and yes grey is considered ‘colour’ in dressage) is slowly finding its way onto the centerline. It seems the rules have also encouraged show apparel manufacturers to get more creative with their designs. Latest trends include piping, sequins and velvet collars are even making a comeback! So it turns out your trusty Pikeur Diana may need a facelift… here are some of your options.
The FEI rule art. 427.1 states:
`a black or dark blue tail coat or other dark colours may be worn within in the international HSV colour scale. Colours having a value for “V” smaller than thirty two percent (32%) according to the HSV model may be approved.`
You can find the colour scale at the Yafla Colour Site and enter `32`as the percentage of lightness. Adjust the hue and saturation scales to find your favourite colour in the `Selected Colour` swatch.
What will you be wearing this season?
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Key features include the unique collar and breathable jersey material with crystal buttons . Price: $449 USD
Key feature of this jacket include blue super stretch material and pocket details. Price: 193 Pounds
Key features include the ultra flattering skirted waist and brown velvet details. Available in brown and navy. Price: 399 Pounds from http://www.classicdressage.com
Key features include the lace colour.
Unique features include the rounded cut of the front hem. Price: $299 USD
Key features include the constrast stitching and piping on collar. Price: $129 USD
Key features include crystals on the collar and at the waist on the back. Available in navy, grey and black. Price: 460 Pounds
Key features include the elegant piping details available at an affordable price. Available in grey, black and navy. Price: $129.95 USD at http://www.thehorseofcourse.com
Fashioned after the tail coat this dressage coat will stand out in the crowd. Price: $400 USD
Key features include the constrasting details at the collar and pockets. Available in black, grey or navy. Price: 159 Pounds
In addition to its unique design it is available in a variety of custom colours – Black, Navy, Burgundy, Bottle Greem, Various Pinstripes with collar options including Black, Navy, Red, Cerise, Lt Pink, Grey, Brown, Purple, Burgundy, Emerald Green, Light Blue, Royal Blue, Gold.
This jacket pushes the boundaries but the `bordeaux`colour is on the allowed FEI scale. It is also available in navy with light blue piping and black with grey piping. It also features the longer length of traditional dressage coats. Price: $499 USD from http://www.spooksriding.com
This very affordable show coat features flattering tailoring in black material accented with a purple velvet collar and piping. Price: 59.99 Pounds from http://www.thesaddleryshop.co.uk
Very unique design includes a zipper instead of buttons and is made of an extremely lightweight water repellent material. Available for both men and women. Price: 340 pounds
Features include unique constrastin on collar and points. The back of the collar features a crystal design. The tails also include adjustable weights. Price: $1295 USD from http://www.VRTack.com
Features include its distinct double breast piping and crystal buttons. Lotusromeo.com
The jersey material is very stretchy and form fitting which is topped off with crystal accents on the points. Price: 420 pounds
Features contrast pipimg on the softshell material. Coat has a zipper on the inside. Available in grey, navy and black.