- Hunter Jumper

Lady within the Merlot Coat

I posted one thing on FB. I assumed it was humorous, realizing what I do know, however boy did I hit a nerve, which I didn’t see coming.

I noticed one thing fairly at a horse present, like actually fairly. I gotta inform you, simply so you understand, I’m not a fashionista. I like Goal lengthy sleeve t-shirts, and hoodies, denim, and Merrills. At reveals, I put on the identical tan breeches, white present shirt and navy R.J. Basic present coat over and again and again week in and week out.


I like the R.J. Classics navy coat, and get this… you may machine wash it after each present, grasp it as much as dry and it appears superb. The place do they discover this cloth? It appears like the normal wool present coat, but it surely isn’t. It’s stunning, sensible, and conservative. It’s my uniform, and generally I throw in a lighter blue or gray coat to the combo when I’m feeling feisty, or develop bored with a number of days in a row sporting navy. 


Anyway, I noticed a fairly present coat, my preliminary response was that’s could also be utterly inappropriate for the hunter ring, however fairly non the much less. I’ve a factor about burgundy, wine or any deep merlot/maroon shade. My barn colours are navy and burgundy. The colours swimsuit me. Nobody associates yellow with me, I’m by no means that chipper. However burgundy or any variation, sure. me. I imagined myself sporting the gorgeous merlot coat. I imagined myself getting all dressed up with no the place to go, since I at the moment don’t personal a jumper, chuckled to myself, sighed, and snapped a photograph of the coat, positioned it again on the rack. Possibly at some point, I assumed to myself…

Yeah proper, at some point on Mars, possibly.

Individuals misplaced their minds over the merlot coat after I posted it on FB. I used to be flooded with non-public messages imploring me to purchase the coat, be that woman! The development setter, the brave one. I laughed, technically I’ve to alter the rule first within the rule e book to permit the colour to be worn in hunter lessons, as a result of proper now solely black, brown, blue, hunter inexperienced and gray are allowable colours. Nonetheless, clown breeches are allowed. Oops, I meant Canary breeches. As if. So… till I (or somebody) really suggest(s) the rule change, the colour stays unlawful.

Should you had to decide on between sporting canary and sporting a burgundy shade, which might you select? Add the flares in and yeah I’m going to be distracted a bit. As a result of what as soon as was a powerful vogue assertion within the flares and yellow, is…nicely……not likely me. I do have a pair  I used to hunt in, if I can discover them I’ll begin sporting them within the Derbies once more with my shadbelly and you’ll let me understand how distracted you’re….

This has been fairly a revealing dialog. Simply to be clear, I by no means mentioned I needed to purchase the gorgeous merlot present coat, I simply needed to see what folks thought about seeing it within the hunter ring. I’ve had dozens of messages over this coat in addition to  conversations this weekend on the present, which is all very fascinating to me. I feel, basically, girls care about their look, and sometimes go all the additional miles to see their hair achieved, nails achieved, outfits distinctive, and goodness, I’m positive many individuals have a civilian wardrobe which I might envy any day of the week……however don’t convey the individuality to the horse present for God’s sake!

Horse folks speaking about Custom and Style jogs my memory of watching goats ram one another within the head.

A great deal of folks say we have to maintain onto custom, we have to exemplify what occurs within the hunt area, yaddah, yaddah, yaddah.

So okay then, let’s think about what has advanced from the hunt area to the hunter ring for a minute and think about these ‘traditions’ and on the similar time have a look at displaying from a couple of many years in the past.


John Tabachka sporting many conventional appears we don’t allow within the present ring in the present day.

Our terrain has modified….we now not have EVERY present in a area over pure obstacles. Immediately, the grass venues are thought of ‘distinctive’ and ‘particular’. Now the stress of unhealthy footing is inflicting an existential disaster with horse folks. There are roughly three horse reveals left with any timber standing within the ring. Fox hunters gallop by means of mud, present folks scratch in heavy rain.

It’s common to seek out gates on the finish of a hoop.

We’ve got crossrail lessons……The one cross rail within the hunt area was as soon as a 4 put up fence line which 40 folks obliterated alongside the chase. At reveals within the previous days, everybody jumped big fences. I imply big.

Our Security considerations are completely different…. what we used to carry out in a prime hat or no hat in any respect has turn into a billion greenback business for cranial safety and ASTM approval necessities, no matter meaning. We now undergo concussion coaching. Security vests or jackets are honorable, counseled and inspired. Now there’s a huge push to alter the best way we put on our hair as a result of successful to the top in a helmet stuffed with hair makes our brains bounce an excessive amount of. But, the hunt area has disregarded ASTM necessities and mainly may care much less about business requirements or whether or not or not you put on a vest. good luck, don’t die, and sustain for Chrissake. We’re sporting our unapproved, no chin strap, colourful, velvety helmets to our graves, thanks very a lot. 


the normal velvet cap Elizabeth Sponseller on Roanie. PC Theresa Ramsay

That was then, that is now.

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Okay. Shifting on.

A medic is required at sanctioned reveals….however within the hunt area, it’s the good previous 911 name that will get an ambulance (or helicopter)  to indicate up for some mishap. Or else you get tossed at the back of a decide up and brought to the Care First.

Our schedules have modified. We used to indicate on the weekends, now we’re constantly displaying 5 out of seven days, which makes zero sense to me. Most fox chasing golf equipment supply 2 or 3 days every week for his or her membership, which looks like loads of horse time. 

Our horse reveals are extra manufactured than boutique, firms clearly targeted on making as a lot cash off of you in a single weekend or season as humanly potential, with little regard for the custom of fox chasing. Most present horses would freak the eff out at a horn blowing subsequent to them.

Our Federations have modified. What as soon as was the unique American Horse Present Affiliation turned the US Equestrian Federation, and has advanced into each the US Equestrian and the US Hunter Jumper Affiliation. Be proper again on whether or not the Masters of Foxhounds Affiliation has modified. oh that’s proper…. by no means. (MFHA was established in 1907). Apparently we ‘present’ folks want a number of hundred pages of guidelines to maintain us so as whereas fox chasers want only one rule – DON’T PASS THE FIELD MASTER.

Our gear has improved….what was once a plain snaffle, pelham, or mixture of each (on an unpleasant extensive flat double bridle) has turn into…. nicely, let’s simply estimate a 500,000 bit selection within the present day and age readily available made English leather-based, fastidiously ‘fancy’ stitched with fairly patterns, rolled leather-based, laced reins, with fairly brass nameplates tacked on at simply the proper place (behind the left ear), which sparkle in that good picture op.


OMG if I used this bridle in the present day? I might be shot. Aren’t these braids large? However once more, what a beautiful jumper, no? PC Hunters/Jumpers of the 70’s and 80’s

Saddles have turn into de-militarized and soft. We’ve got knee blocks, leg blocks, facet blocks, thigh blocks, butt blocks, no matter blocks, actually so many blocks we may construct a gymnasium with our blocks.

We really use saddle pads now, which weren’t thought of applicable a couple of years in the past.

We don’t tie our numbers to our backs with white string or twine anymore, and I definitely hope nobody is tucking their again numbers into the collar anymore….gross.


I don’t learn about you however the very first thing I observed was the horse. wow, spectacular, proper? I would like this horse! Then I have a look at the soar. Yikes. Large! Then I type of have a look at the rider and go hmm, the place did all that come from? PC FB group – Hunter/Jumpers of the 70’s and 80’s

Our stirrups bend and flex and have fancy inserts to maintain our ft in place.

Rowel spurs will not be frequent.

The size of a whip has been regulated, and when you’ve got ever seen a hunt whip used to manage hounds you’ll perceive {that a} present whip is significantly shorter than a hunt whip. 

Leg safety is prohibited, (besides within the equitation), but within the hunt area everybody wears boots.

Our consuming has modified. Whereas using on sherry is perhaps taboo within the present hunter world, most fox chasers can not arrive to a hunt meet with an empty flask, and generally ‘toast’ the hounds at 10 am, (or earlier throughout cubbing season.) By the top of two hours, each flask is appropriately empty. Sure, there are fairly a couple of folks consuming at 10 am at reveals, however hopefully not as a norm.

Drug use just isn’t permitted. Earlier than Ace Promazine was invented, the double bridle stored you from passing the Discipline Grasp within the Hunt Discipline. Now fox chasers don’t go away house with out their Ace Promizine like we don’t go away house with out an American Categorical card, but present horses have an inventory a mile lengthy of banned substances, and in case you get caught utilizing them it’s a must to get entangled in a prolonged and costly regulation swimsuit to get off.

Our horses have modified. What as soon as was thought of the Holy Grail of a mock fox hunter (the Thoroughbred) is now an impossibly gradual, heavy, and infrequently silly Warmblood. Now we’re scraping collectively a couple of invaluable TB’s to indicate in a division or two at a USEF sanctioned present, when just some years in the past we scoffed on the concept of a heavy warmblood in a hunter conformation class. Speak about a scandal, geeesh. If we actually needed to carry onto custom, we might ban warmbloods.

Hunt Golf equipment have Hunt Balls to rejoice the top of season. The present world mails awards.

You get the concept, and you could possibly most likely add to the record. The purpose is, why are we holding onto this one last item? What’s so vital in regards to the shade of a present coat? What’s the underlying worry? Are folks anxious we’re going to go from the merlot coat to feathers in our hair? And may males have a vote? Let’s not overlook wild kinds of tweed and coloured inventory ties are additional in style on casual hunt days, together with ALL of cubbing season. For a lot of fox chasers, that is the favourite time of 12 months, once they get to indicate off their most treasured outfits.


My smiling mum and Smitten, her mom’s blue inventory tie, her favourite tweed coat, and Smitten sporting all of the boots in addition to a breastplate!

I’m not positive people who find themselves clinging to the ‘old skool’ look are contemplating what is actually ‘old skool’ The look in the present day I really think about fairly ‘trendy’. I personally was by no means a fan of rust coloured breeches, and my days in them have been fortunately transient rising up. Different folks love them, and doubtless put on them brilliantly, but it surely doesn’t fairly work for me. The white linen present coat? I don’t suppose I might wish to put on that both. In reality the 70’s gave the impression to be loaded with odd outfits in all places, so hopefully we don’t need to return to ‘old skool’ vogue within the present world. That may really be an even bigger detriment to our little bubble.


I watched the Girls Sidesaddle class this week on the Maryland Nationwide Horse Present. It was stunning to see these opponents so fancy with skirts. There are so few Sidesaddle opponents left anymore and it’s an admirable division to participate in, however I couldn’t do it. The humorous factor is, 100 years in the past, I might have been compelled to trip Sidesaddle. Using astride was not allowed. It took a couple of courageous and brave girls to overturn the custom of Sidesaddle, march to Washington, and encourage girls to trip astride. Ladies needed to fox hunt Sidesaddle! You may comply with Devon Zebrovious to see how difficult that really is, and she or he is sweet at it. I wouldn’t even make it down the dang driveway.

The next footage of Devon present an array of traditions the present world has strayed away from, see in case you can find a pair. 


I’ve to say her first outfit I’m grateful for as a result of it pops out of the background. The navy is definitely more durable to see so I really feel like I’m lacking one thing.

Girls Sidesaddle lessons have remained firmly rooted in these hundred 12 months previous traditions, and whereas it’s good to see an occasional resurgence of contributors in these lessons, we aren’t precisely splitting that division by age group. That’s as a result of using and displaying have advanced to be come much less difficult, extra snug, and simpler for everybody concerned. Values on custom have modified, and can proceed to alter a few years from now. And fortunately, we don’t need to trip Sidesaddle anymore if we select to not. The custom carries on in a stunning method within the Sidesaddle division, so in case you are married to custom, possibly look there. However don’t overlook custom just isn’t all the time sensible. Or humane. The outfits alone are thoughts boggling, and stress me out.

“The apparel/tack within the ss division relies off of conventional, appointments-style formal looking apparel that was commonplace again within the Nineteen Twenties-Nineteen Forties: Black or navy facet saddle behavior (consisting of matching jacket and apron, and the apron needs to be lengthy sufficient that your proper toe/foot does NOT present), sometimes made out of melton wool or cavalry twill (must be heavy to hold correctly and never flap round); color-matching breeches underneath the apron; White or cream inventory tie with inventory pin; waistcoat/vest (buff, canary, white, except a bona fide member of a registered hunt whose waistcoat livery is completely different and so they have been awarded the proper to put on it); tall costume boots (no zippers), with a spur worn excessive on the left ankle, and historically garters in your boots; Gloves are brown, wash, or cream (black gloves have been for mourning, and one wouldn’t be so frivolous to go looking in case you have been in mourning)”

Your desire of the merlot present coat needs to be your selection alone if you wish to really feel fairly. Go for it, I might by no means maintain it in opposition to you for sporting one. I’m going to have a look at the horse you’re using anyway, the outfit is irrelevant to me. I hope at some point there will probably be room for the maroon coat within the hunter ring, possibly an answer can be to permit it for juniors and amateurs solely, in any case, they’re those driving this sport ahead, at the moment being the heaviest populated divisions in horse displaying in the present day.

Don’t quit girls. And R.J Classics? Don’t quit on us drab and dreary hunter riders.  We’re coming for ya, simply wait a bit of second will ya?

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BigEq.com proves that displaying in maroon ain’t all of the unhealthy really.

Poor Meggie needs to depart the hunters behind simply so she put on the maroon coat. Shoutout to The Boot and Bridle Tack Store for including to the dialogue.


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