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USEF Rule DR120.1: Gloves
"Gloves of conservative color are recommended."

Dover Tip
Gloves protect your hands from blisters, help provide grip for the reins and create a finished look for your dressage show attire. The appropriate color to choose for your riding level depends largely on geographic location, so you should check with your trainer or local riders for any preference. Generally, you should choose gloves that are either black or white. However, if you wear a cream-colored stock tie and use a cream-colored dressage pad, you may wish to select coordinating cream-colored or ivory gloves.

To suit riders' individual preferences, you'll discover many styles of show gloves in both leather and synthetic fabrics. Some gloves, such as the SSG Pro Show Glove and the Heritage Power Grip Nylon Glove, fit comfortably at the wrist through soft gathering. Other styles, such as the Roeckl Chester Glove and the Tredstep Dressage Pro Glove, fasten with hook and loop closures. All styles are appropriate for competition, so choose a glove that fits your hands comfortably.

Consider special design features that may assist you with your riding comfort, such as flexible gussets between the fingers, added textures for grip and ventilation panels to keep your hands cooler. Product advisors at Dover Saddlery suggest that you ride in your show gloves several times before your competition to become accustomed to the feel of them.

USEF Rule DR120.6: Whips
"One whip no longer than 47.2 inches (120 cm), including lash may be carried in all classes except USEF/USDF Championships, USEF National Dressage Championships, USEF High Performance Championships, USEF High Performance qualifying and selection trials, and observation classes .... An adjustable-length whip may not be carried by a mounted rider."

Dover Tip
The use of a whip is optional. Although no color requirements are listed within the USEF whip rule, consider selecting a conservatively-colored black dressage whip that will not draw attention to itself or its subtle use in the ring. For the schooling ring at home, you can choose fun-colored dressage whips such as County Sparkle Whip or the Colored Dressage Whip.

USEF Rule DR120.7: Heat/Jackets Waived
"In extreme heat and/or humidity in all classes including FEI classes at National Competitions, management can allow competitors to show without jackets. However, competitors must wear a regulation hat and solid or nearly solid colored long or short sleeved shirt with collar, without neckwear, and without decoration except as described in [DR120].12. T-shirts are not permitted.

Dover Tip
When jackets are waived, you may choose to wear your jacket in the dressage ring anyway if you feel more comfortable doing so. If you ride without a jacket, you should wear a show shirt that meets the USEF rule criteria; it should be tucked into your breeches and you should wear a belt if your breeches have belt loops. A plain white competition shirt, such as the Ariat Sunstopper Show Shirt is an appropriate choice.

USEF Rule DR120.8: Rain Covers
"Competitors will be allowed to wear a hat cover and a transparent or conservative color rain coat in inclement weather."

Dover Tip
A clear rain coat is an essential yet budget-friendly item to have on hand along with a waterproof helmet cover. These items cost very little, but provide excellent protection for your show clothing should you have rain on competition day.

USEF Rule DR120.13: Cooling Vests
"Cooling vests may be worn underneath a riding jacket. If coats are waived, a solid-colored cooling or lightweight vest may be worn over a riding shirt."

A HyperKewl Evaporative Cooling Vest can help you control your body temperature while riding through the use of a cooling fabric inner. After being soaked in water for one to two minutes, the vest provides a cooling effect that lasts up to 5-10 hours.

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