The differences in tack and attire for Working Equitation are to show and preserve the working tack and attire that is a part of the culture of each country. We in the USA ride and compete with horses from many different cultures from around the world. These differences in our horses and their cultures reflect the different types of equitation that have come together to make our own Western traditional. Dressage tack and attire will always be appropriate no matter what the breed or breeds of your horse.
PLEASE NOTE THAT AN ASTM/SEI HELMET IS REQUIRED FOR ALL RIDERS AT ALL TIMES WHILE MOUNTED. A RIDER WITHOUT A HELMET WHILE MOUNTED IS IMMEDIATELY DISQUALIFIED. NO EXCEPTIONS.
PLEASE NOTE THAT ALTHOUGH A SAFETY VEST IS NOT REQUIRED, IT IS ALWAYS ACCEPTED AS APPROPRIATE ATTIRE.
The appropriateness (legality and safety) of both tack and attire will be checked by the judge. Tack and Attire must remain the same throughout all phases of a competition. The condition and appearence of the tack and attire will be reflected in the "Presentation" score on the dressage test.
Here are some helpful hints:
If you wear a jacket make sure it is close fitting.
Don't mix styles: This horse is wearing a western saddle with a dressage bridle and full check snaffle.
If you are riding a Spanish or Portugese horse and are using Spanish or Portugese tack and attire you must wear a helmet.