There are obviously do’s and don’ts that you have to comply with and I advise that if you are unsure that you check with the British Eventing Rule Books just to be safe.
I know that all of the gear I am wearing is above board but equally I also know that I push the limits on some things, where most people might want something a bit more *coughs* discreet.
The only changes to the attire from what I wear in the Dressage (link here) are:
Helmet – Charles Owen Pro Racing helmet or my AYR8 depending on how safe I feel. The Pro Racing super protective, well ventilated and cut high in the front to ensure full visibility. I put a Foxy Equestrian velvet silk over it and change it over for XC. I also tie my hair back with a pink scrunchie and blue net from eBay. I always prefer jumping in a skull cap.
Full details of everything else can be found HERE.
Bridle – He likes a padded poll and needs a flash to add some security to the contact and so I have the gorgeous Lme bridlewear comfort bridle in brown. The neck strap is just off an old martingale but I NEVER go without it these days unless I have to.
Bit – After much deliberation, trial and error and help from my lovely friend Liz at Ride Right Equestrian, he is in the Neue Schule Verbindend which encourages him to seek a contact and gives me much more feel. I don’t change this for each phase.
Browband – He is still in the Pearly Ponies Ultimate in pink and blue from almost 2.5 years ago, I haven’t wrapped it in cotton wool or been particularly dainty about it, it’s durable, super pretty and I bloody love it!!
Saddle – In 2017 I invested in my beloved jumping saddle. I bought (over monthly payments) a Voltaire Design Lexington saddle in chocolate buffalo leather with my name etched into a plate on the back. It has truly changed my riding for the better and I love it like a child!!!
Leathers and Stirrups – I have the matching Voltaire leathers and I use them with the Acavallo Opera stirrups in bronze and brown that are my absolute favourite and not a bad price for the design and quality.
Girth – is the anatomic short girth from Voltaire and is very soft and squishy with a wide surface area as he can be a little girthy at times.
Boots – I am a huge fan of chiding the best protection possible and I feel very pleased with my choice in the Majyk XC boots and a pair of their over reach boots. I made a little video as to why I think they’re so great:
I also make sure I stud him really well and usually carry a little jumping whip that I’ve wrapped in pink and blue tape!! And that’s it, we’re good to go!!
Thanks so much for reading xxx