I think there’s a lot more choice now when it comes to fashion for both riders and horses and to me that’s a good thing! Gucci and Hermes have been creating wardrobes for horses and riders for many years!
I like to feel as confident as I can when I go into the ring and a big part of that is feeling good in what I’m wearing. I hope to then at least look the part! I think you should take pride in your appearance when you compete but that doesn’t mean you have to wear expensive brands.
Looking smart isn’t going to make your horse jump higher, but I think if you want to be seen as professional you should make an effort with your appearance. Make sure your boots are clean! All the top riders look immaculate when they go in the ring.