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When you are hacking at home you can wear any shirt to ride in, from a simple t-shirt to a more
sophisticated polo t-shirt. However, if you are planning to compete you will need to get showing shirts that are
designed specifically for the show ring. When you are riding, especially in equitation and hunter classes, how you
present yourself in the arena makes a big difference on your final score. Because of this, it's vital that you get
the right showing apparel.
The look of a showing shirt for hunter or jumping competitions is a long sleeve shirt that
buttons up to a high collar. The shirt should also have a detachable collar with a velcro closure. While it used to
be popular to wear a pin on the collar, this look has become a bit outdated. Instead, you may want to get the
collar embroidered with your initials, or just leave it blank. Men's showing shirts are classic button up shirts
worn with a traditional tie.
There are many different coloured showing shirts to choose from for your look. Some popular
colors include pale pink, yellow and blue. It's a good idea to try and coordinate your shirt with your showing
coat. For example, a light grey show jacket looks great with a pale pink shirt. While pinstripes and checkered
patterns can add something to the look, you will want to avoid overly loud patterns or bold stripes. In addition to
your color shirts, it's important to have at least one nice white show shirt. You will want to wear white for the
big equitation classes and classic hunter rounds.