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Horse world braced for riot of (‘conservative’) colour as eventing relaxes sombre dress code

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The traditionally somber dress code imposed on riders taking part in eventing is being overhauled in favour of more colourful and informal attire, the sport’s authorities have announced.

In a bid to encourage more people to take part, British Eventing has said it will no longer restrict horsemen and women to a black, dark blue or tweed jacket.

Instead, the equestrian pursuit can expect a relative riot of colour, with riders permitted to wear jackets of any single hue, as long as it is “conservative” and of “muted tone”.

The ruling, which marks a break with more than a century of tradition, also allows participants to eschew a jacket altogether.

British Eventing said strict dress code was being relaxed to prevent riders involved in allied sports such as dressage and showjumping, where more vibrant designs are permitted, being deterred from trying eventing by the cost of buying new kit.

A recognition that, in hot conditions, the imposition of thick jackets causes riders to suffer needlessly has also informed the change.



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