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    Show Jumping – Dress Codes and Rules

    Do you want to expand your knowledge with the show jumping industry and learn about the dress codes and rules of show jumping? Is your dream to get into competitive show jumping? Need to learn more about the dress codes and rules of the show jumping? Well least expand your knowledge and lean more about this competitive sport.



    1. Athletes are required to wear correct dress when appearing before spectators and are required to dress in accordance with the applicable provisions of JRs Art. 256.1., Art. 256.3 and GRs Art. 135.2 when they are competing or during the presentation of prizes.
    2. When inspecting the course, dress must be neat and tidy. In any case, riding boots, white or light fawn breeches, a long- or short-sleeved shirt and a white tie or choker must be worn. Shirts must have a white collar; long-sleeved shirts must have white cuffs.
    3. In bad weather, the Ground Jury may allow the wearing of a greatcoat or waterproof. In very warm weather, the Ground Jury may allow Athletes to ride without a jacket.
    4. It is compulsory for all persons to wear a properly fastened protective Headgear with a three point retention harness at all times when mounted. If an Athlete chooses to remove his Headgear at any time, whether permitted or not by these rules, such removal shall always be entirely at his own risk. An Athlete who loses his Headgear or whose retention harness becomes unfastened during the course of his round must recover and replace it, or in the case of the retention harness becoming unfastened must refasten it. In such case, the Athlete will not be penalised for halting to retrieve his Headgear and/or refasten the retention harness, but the clock will not be stopped. An Athlete who jumps or attempts to jump an obstacle with a retention harness incorrectly fastened or not fastened will be eliminated unless the circumstances rendered it unsafe for the Athlete to stop immediately in order to refasten the harness (e.g. if the harness becomes unfastened in the middle of a combination or one or two strides before the obstacle in question). As an exception to this rule Senior Athletes may remove their Headgear while accepting prizes, during the playing of the National anthem and any other ceremonial protocol.
    5. Civilians are required to wear the uniform or clothing approved by their NF, a red coat or a black coat, white or light fawn breeches, black or brown boots. Other dark coloured boots may be approved at the discretion of the FEI. Shirts may have long or short sleeves and must have a white collar; long-sleeved shirts must have white cuffs. A white tie or choker must be worn. If a jacket is not worn shirts must have sleeves, either short or long sleeves are permitted.
    6. Members of the armed services, police and gendarmerie, members and employees of military establishments and of national studs may wear civil or service dress.
    7. At the discretion of the Ground Jury, Athletes who are improperly dressed may be refused permission to take part in the Competition.
    8. Athletes shall wear the official clothing of their NF in all stages of competition (team and individual) at CSIOs, and at Regional, Continental and World Championships and, subject to the approval of each relevant national Olympic Committee, during the Competitions at Olympic and Regional Games. Should an NF not have official clothing, the Athlete(s) of such NF shall be entitled to dress in accordance with JRs Art. 256.1.5 or 256.1.6, as applicable, subject to the provisions of JRs Art. 256.3. Black, red, navy and green jackets with collars of the same colour cannot be registered. Team member jackets must be the same colour. Athletes not complying with this rule will be fined with CHF 1’000 (one thousand Swiss Francs) by the Ground Jury. In addition, the Athlete will be requested to leave the arena and will not be permitted to return until the jacket complies with the rules for participation.
    9. Disputes about colours are to be referred to the FEI Secretary General whose decision is final. Athletes may not wear earphones at any time while mounted; this applies everywhere within the grounds of the Event.

    There is a lot more to lean about show jumping dress code, make sure you pop on to this amazing  PDF, it is an eye opener and will teach you every rule about dress codes for show jumping you will need to know.


    Rules and Regulations:

    Now that we have learnt about the dress code it is important to expand or knowledge on the rules and regulations of this spectacular competitive sport. I didn’t know how many rules where involved with show jumping. When reading about the rules there is so much to consider. Show jumping rules are not only for the rider they are for the horses as well.

    Horse rules that need to be consider is Veterinary inspections and examinations, medical control and passports and identifications numbers of horses. Fitness control and abuse towards horses is not tolerated. I will know put in more information on these important rules about animal welfare.


    The Horse Inspections, Veterinary Examinations and Passport Control must be conducted in accordance with the VRs Art. 1027, 1029 and 1030 and as set forth below.

    1. Examination on arrival and Passport Control. The Examination and Passport Control must be conducted in accordance with VRs Art. 1029 and 1031. For any significant passport irregularities see VRs Art. 1030. NB: When verifying the details in the passport, the age of the Horse must be checked, if the Event or any Competition is limited to Horses of a specific age.
    1. Horse Inspection
      1. This must be carried out not later than the afternoon of the day preceding the first Competition. Chefs d’Equipe and/or Persons Responsible should arrange a specific time for their Horses to be inspected within the time specified in the programme. This should be available and ready at the Secretary’s Office at least two days before the first Competition, to avoid unnecessary delay for all concerned.
      2. Where circumstances warrant, the Ground Jury, in consultation with the Veterinary Delegate, may at its discretion allow another Horse Inspection to be held at a later time for Horses that could not be present at the first Horse Inspection due to exceptional, unforeseen circumstances.
      3. At FEI World CupTM Finals, World, Senior Continental Championships and Olympic Games, a second Horse Inspection will be scheduled prior to the start of the final Competition.
      4. Each Horse must be presented in either a snaffle or double bridle. Any other harness or equipment, i.e. rugs, bandages, etc. must be removed. No exception to this can be allowed.
      5. No Horse may be presented with its identity concealed in any manner by the application of paint or dye.
      6. Chefs d’Equipe must be present with their team Horses in addition to their grooms and/or their Athletes.
      7. Persons Responsible (Athletes) must be present with individual Horses, in addition to their grooms.
      8. At FEI World CupTM Finals, Championships and Games, Athletes must present their own Horse(s) at the Horse inspection. The President of the Ground Jury may relax this rule for an Athlete if requested to do so by the Chef d’Equipe or the Athlete.
      9. It is emphasised that this is not a detailed veterinary examination (see also VRs Art. 1031) and it should be completed as quickly as possible.
    1. Ground Jury, Appeal Committee and Veterinary Commission Liaison
      1. Selection of Horses to be Sampled for Medication Control (see VRs Art. 1057)
      2. At FEI World CupTM Finals, World , Senior Continental Championships and Olympic Games, sufficient Horses must normally be sampled to ensure that the following samples are available for analysis:
        1. in all Final Competitions for Individuals, the first three placed Horses;
        2. in Final Jumping Competitions for Teams, one Horse from among all the


    Wow what an amazing subject to expand all of our knowledge on show jumping dress codes and rules. Please not go to the Equestrian Australian page and learn everything you need to know. I hope we all learnt something new because I certainly did.

    Chat to you all soon,



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