What characterises a show jacket?
Show jackets are breathable jackets made from soft, light materials such as cotton, polypropylene, microfibres or softshell fabric. The materials, which are manufactured in diligent fashion, cause the rider to perspire less so she or he can concentrate fully on the horse and the tournament. With competition jackets of this kind, wearing comfort is an utmost priority. Its elastane portion ensures that the show jacket is an optimum fit for the rider’s body, which guarantees an all-round aesthetic impression. In general, competition jackets are characterised by their ability to exude elegance and give the rider's performance the final touch. Ordinarily, a tournament jacket is both stain-repellent and water resistant, so it keeps looking good, even after intensive use. In our shop, you’ll find a wide selection of show jackets in varying designs, colours and sizes, along with matching outer clothing for ladies, gentlemen and children that will provide the ideal finishing touch to your show outfit.
Why do I need a competition jacket all year round?
All equestrian tournaments are governed by explicit dress regulations, and these apply irrespective of the season. Who wants to start at the tournament with her or his horse, will have to become familiar with the LPO (performance and examination regulations - or the WBO (competition regulations) - together with all the applicable rules. Whether show jumping, dressage or another equestrian discipline - regardless of the performance category, every rider is obliged to wear a tournament jacket. Since most competitions take place during the spring and summer months, it's important that the competition jacket is chosen with care so that the rider can enjoy good wearing comfort all year round.
Our range of riding jacket selections - our brands (for adult riders):
- ASUP - Anna Scarpati
- Cavalleria Toscana
- Euro Star
What should I look for when purchasing a show jacket?
Show jackets are taper-cut, slightly flared at the bottom and, optimally, come down to just above the buttocks. This way, the tournament jacket fits while the rider is sitting on the horse, without restricting his or her freedom of movement. Especially at the tournament, the rider must be able to move without restriction or hindrance. For this reason, the show jacket must neither be too tight-fitting nor too loose. Make sure that the tournament jacket is not too tight at the back or along the button strip. For a well-rounded impression and good wearing comfort, particular attention should be paid to the shoulders. If the cut doesn’t fit here, the tournament jacket won't fit properly at other spots either. Because a good overall impression is of utmost importance during a tournament.
Which show jacket for which occasion?
A tournament jacket lends an outfit a high-quality look. Whether you choose a classic version in muted colours or a contemporary, trendy design with fresh, eye-catching colours is usually a matter of taste. If you like it particularly flashy, reach for tournament jackets with details that highlight your personal style. Another component of any tournament outfit are the polished riding boots, along with white breeches and a competition shirt or blouse. This combination must be carefully assembled based on the visual appearance of the individual articles of clothing. A colourful, flashy riding jacket, for example, should be accompanied by a rather discreet blouse. Style and elegance are a necessary part of any professional tournament performance!
Show jackets for ladies: Stylish and slim fit
Especially in the categoryladies show jackets, there are innumerable fits to emphasise the rider's elegant style. Although the specifications of the LPO are generally very strict, the dress code provides enough leeway for individual expression. Here, the cut and length can vary just as much as the colour scheme. Whether it's a discreet tournament jacket, ornamented with rhinestones/Swarovski elements or embroidered patterns, or deliberately arranged zippers, buttons, flap pockets, etc. - a well-fitting jacket lends the rider an appealing silhouette and guarantees sensation.
Gentlemen's show jacket: Quality for a spectacular performance
The same applies to the men’s show jackets: a good fit will always provide for eye-catching comfort, at any tournament. A cut that emphasises the rider's fit in the saddle ultimately makes an impression on the judges. If you're looking for a high-quality tournament jacket, now is the time to take advantage and profit in so many ways! A perfectly-fitting equestrian show jacket not only makes you look good, it also keeps your body comfortable without heat accumulation.
Show jackets for children: professional equestrian clothing for the younger generation
The young talents must also adhere to the tournament dress regulations, which means that they must wear an appropriate riding jacket. Kids’ show jackets are available in many varieties and sizes, so there’s always something for every taste: easy-to-clean with a cut adapted to the needs of young people. Thus, the professional equestrian clothing of many brand manufacturers offers a range of children's riding clothes, which are perfectly coordinated with the needs of children and young people.
Show jackets for children and teenagers:
The right care
Just as with all other equestrian products, the right care of show jackets will ensure a longer life. Nevertheless, you should always be particularly careful with tournament jackets. Although we carry in our assortment only high-quality brand clothing, there are always materials that are more sensitive than others. For example, the Alcantara trim on the reverse side is known to peel off if it's not cared for properly. Other applications and details can react sensitively as well. In general, the care label with its instructions are authoritative here.
How can I wash my competition jacket?
Usually, most show jackets are machine washable: 30 degrees Celsius in the delicate cycle using a gentle, mild detergent. Avoid using aggressive cleaners, stain removers and the spin cycle. We also advise against tumble-drying competition jackets in the dryer. If you're in doubt, take your tournament jacket to the dry cleaners. This way, you can't go wrong when you want to clean your jacket. Here, the specialists know what look out for so that you can enjoy your tournament dress for a long time!