Thai Equestrian Fashion

Thailand is without doubt the equestrian fashion leader in South East Asia. Colour coordination is the order of the day.

The range of colours is quite outstanding.  At the Thailand Dressage and Jumping championships, I saw purple, claret, gray, navy, green, black and red jackets.  Their horses are not spared either. Many are accessorized with matching saddle cloths, boots and ear bonnets.  There were even orange saddle cloths and, of course, the necessary floppy ear bonnets.   The floppier the better.

There was one showjumper who walked the course with two stilleto-ed models in yellow hotpants or miniskirt. I am told, at the last show, these models rushed in with umbrellas to provide shade when their boss fell off!

thai-bonnets.jpgMost outstandingly dressed was the sub-junior rider in a sky blue jacket with her horse in a crocheted floppy bonnet in matching sky blue with black hoops.  The horse had a matching saddle pad and jumping boots.

This type of fashion sense is happily embraced by the kids in the lower classes.  More power to Thailand.

About Peter Abisheganaden

Polo Player, Tournament Director and Executive Secretary of the Royal Malaysian Polo Association. FIP Ambassador and FIP Tournament Director of FIP Snow Polo World Cup and Super Nations Cup. World Cup and Asian Games Showjumper. Champion SEA Games Showjumper and Eventer. FEI L3 Show Jumping Course Designer and L1 Course Presenter. Champion amateur jockey. Retailer and wholesaler of saddlery and polo equipment and Managing Director of Zack's Tack.
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