Do not wear
anything or put anything on the horse or rider that jiggles, flaps, or waves. This includes loose hair or hair ribbons, flapping
ties or fringe, dangling earrings and unpinned numbers. All of these are very distracting to the judge, especially not being
able to read a rider's number. If a rider trims their number card, care should be taken to not reduce the size so that the
judge can easily read the number. Pinning numbers both top and bottom as well as from inside the shirt or jacket will make
a smoother picture.
Collar Bars (may also
be referred to as Eyelet Pins or Collar Pins)
|Just a few examples of Collar Bars
collar bar is a small metal rod, used to hold opposite sides of a shirt collar firmly in place and to give a slight lift the knot of the necktie. Collar pins are typically 4 to 5 centimeters long and is in the form of a rod with screw-on ends that can be used
only with shirts whose collars have holes designed for that purpose.
Collar bars now reflect the ultimate in sophisticated dressing. Without the collar bar, collars without
reinforced tips could flare up like butterfly wings. A collar bar is an elegant solution, providing an exquisite touch to
your suit to look sharp and dignified. In addition, collar bars serve to elegantly prop the knot of a necktie into position,
giving it an equally sharp and refined look. Use clamp-on bars with any fold-down collar
shirt that does not have eyelets in the collar. Screw-on "cubes" are often preferred because they don't "roll away" when dropped.
cufflink is a decorative fastener worn to fasten the two sides of the cuff on a dress shirt. Cufflinks are designed only for use with link cuffs (also known as French Cuffs), which have buttonholes on both sides but
no buttons. These may be either single or double-length ("French") cuffs,
and may be worn either "kissing," with the ends pinched together, or "barrel-style," with one end overlapping the other. Kissing
cuffs are usually preferred, but your coat sleeves will have to be made slightly wider at the cuff to accommodate the additional
Cufflink designs vary greatly. The
simplest design consists of a short post or chain connecting two disc shaped parts.
The part positioned on the most visible side is usually larger. A variety
of designs can connect the smaller piece. It may be small enough to fit through
the button hole like a button would, it may be separated and attached from the other side, or it may have a portion that swivels
on the central post, aligning with the post while the link is threaded through the button hole and swiveling into a position
at right angle to the post when worn. The visible part of a cufflink is often
monogrammed or decorated in some way. There a numerous styles, including novelty,
traditional, stone-based and contemporary cufflinks. If your formal apparel includes
a white vest/cummerbund with white gloves if you do not have custom cufflinks then you’ll want to go with the mother
of pearl cuff link set. If your formal has a black/navy vest/cummerbund then
gold/silver or custom will be just fine.
|and Studs set
Cuff Link Sets provide
the finishing touch to your formal attire. Most tux shirts button down the front, but also offer special buttonholes
on the four buttons below the neck for the insertion of shirt
studs. Shirt studs are small, usually metal objects used to
fasten the front of pleated or stiff-front shirts in lieu of buttons. They often have inlays of pearl, onyx or similar
materials. These studs usually come in sets of four and should match your cufflinks. You will normally need three and
they are therefore usually sold in either threes or fours.
Shirt studs can be divided into two types.
- Push through - the stud is made of a single
piece of metal and consists of a base, a stem and a head. The base rests against your chest. You then push the head through
the left front of your shirt and then through the right thus fastening the fronts of your shirt.
- Screw top - the stud consists of a head which
screws into the body. To wear: Unscrew the head; push the base through the holes in both sides of the shirt; screw the head
back. The head is visible to the outside world; the base rests against your chest. The head of the stud is usually decorated
in some way: a pattern on the metal, pearl or mother of pearl, or some jet black material. (The last is particularly appropriate
for wearing with black tie.) The head is usually circular but hexagons or octagons sometimes turn up.
Number pins are to make sure your number can be seen at all times so
that the ring steward or judge doesn't have to ask you to adjust anything for visibility. Four number pins are usually
needed to secure the number so the judge can see it well. If you are tired of poking holes in your
expensive show clothes then magnets are the way to go. With magnets you’ll
never have to worry about them popping off when mounting or getting ready for a class.
|Example of Number Magnets
|they come in many different colors and designs
|Example of some Lapel Pins
A lapel pin is a small
pin often worn on the lapel of a jacket. Lapel pins can be purely ornamental
or can indicate the wearer’s affiliation with an organization or cause. They
should be a simple design and conservative size no bigger than 1 inch. The lapel
pins also should not have anything on the pin that flaps or moves.
earrings are worn, they should be small and also conservative. Small stud earrings are appropriate for all riders. Dangling
or large earrings can be distracting and could also pose a risk if the earring gets caught on something.