What to Wear

Welcome to the TSR guide. This is a guide to help you whether you are completely new to showing or are looking for general guidance.

First impressions

First Impressions count. When you walk in the ring you want to be remembered for the right reasons. The overall impression should be smart, appropriate, safe and comfortable at whatever level you are competing.

DO – Look presentable and smart. Showing is an art and the overall picture is important.

Unaffiliated Classes

When competing at a local show there are a variety of classes you will be able to compete in. Attire will vary from class to class, but the basic attire will be suitable for any you choose to enter.

For riders in any class:

  • Jackets can be tweed, black or blue.
  • Pale coloured shirt and tie.
  • Jodhpurs need to be light in colour – fawn, beige or cream will be fine.
  • Short jodhpur boots in black or brown for children with jodhpur clips if possible.
  • Short boots and gaiters in black or brown can be worn for teenagers/ adult riders.
  • Long boots in black or brown can be worn by teenagers/ adults if you prefer.
  • Hair should be neat and tidy – for girls’ plaits, and teenagers/ ladies a neat bun.
  • Gloves and showing cane (no longer than 30”).
  • Hats should always be worn to the current safety standard and in accordance with the show’s rules (see end for Riding Hat standards).
  • Jewellery – no ear rings, piercings, or visible jewellery should be worn for any classes.


If you are not sure what jacket to choose the general rules are:
Coloured browband = blue/ black jacket.
Plain browband = tweed jacket.

A well turned out show pony and rider wearing a blue showing jacket as the pony is being shown in a coloured browband.

What to wear advice sheet

Download our What to Wear Advice Sheet for tips on your showing attire.