USEF Rule: Spurs DR120.9:
"Spurs must be made of metal. The shank must be either curved or straight pointing directly back from the center of the spur when on the rider's boot. If the shank is curved, the spurs must be worn only with the shank directed downwards. However, swan necked spurs are allowed. The inside arm of the spur must be smooth and one or both arms may have rubber covers. If rowels are used, they must be blunt/smooth and free to rotate. Only blunt/smooth rowels are permitted in USEF High Performance Championships, USEF High Performance qualifying and selection trials, and observation classes. Metal spurs with round hard plastic knobs on the shank are allowed ("Impuls" spur). "Dummy" spurs with no shank are also allowed...."
Here is a selection of spurs that would be appropriate for use in dressage competition:
A Note about Schooling Shows
For dressage schooling shows, you'll always be dressed appropriately if you follow USEF rules. But depending on the organization that is running the event, more relaxed riding apparel may be acceptable. Check with the organization holding a schooling show to determine an appropriate level of dress and headwear.
Tips and Trends
Stock Tie Tips
The Little Extras
Remember to pack these easy-to-forget items when preparing for your show:
Few people enjoy learning to tie the long tails of a stock tie into the traditional knot. But do you know practical reason for wearing stock ties? In the 19th century, hunters in the fields wore the stock ties as a safety measure. If a horse or rider was injured, the long strip of fabric could be used as a bandage, sling or tourniquet. The long stock tie pin was used to secure the bandage.
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Hairstyles for the Show Ring
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