Who says that reiners can’t sparkle? Reiners are women and every woman likes to look beautiful. Till six or seven years ago, in Europe, a reiner wearing a sparkling top was seen as an “alien”. The “acceptable” outfit was consisting in a cotton shirt and chaps. Luckily fashion changed in the last years and also reiners started to be glamorous.
As I was one of the few “aliens” wearing sparkles, I can tell you which were my favourite outfits.
Comfort first. In Reining you have to run fast and being reactive. It could be difficult to execute a large fast circle or a stop wearing a five kilos jacket. In my opinion a jacket is always the top of elegance. But your show top should never shatter your performance. If a jacket is too heavy and you feel uncomfortable, choose something else.
A vest could be a great compromise. It has a great amount of sparkles but it is not too heavy. A lace vest shines bright and it is super light. Moreover, you can wear it for the go round and for the final, you just have to change the plain fitted shirt you wear under it.
Now we must speak about boleros. As I wrote in a previous post (https://fancyinthesand.com/bolero-bolero-ole/ ) I LOVE THEM! They are perfect for Reining. They are short, light weight, they let you move well and they are aggressive and feminine at the same time. I hope to see more bolero vests in the Reining arenas in the future.
Let’s now talk about my “Reining-favourite”: the Horsemanship top. During my last Reining show I was wearing a Horsemanship top decorated with lace and stones. It was prefect. It was comfortable and it was shining. I would avoid Horsemanship tops fully decorated with stones because they are too heavy.
Zip up jersey shirts are nice, but they are a bit out of fashion actually. Anyway “in” or “out” doesn’t exist, you have to wear what you like.
Last but not least, the plain fitted cotton shirt. If you wear a simple white or black shirt you can’t be wrong. Choose the correct size. If your shirt is too big, you won’t look graceful.
Chaps and hats are still in the “basic colours” (black, brown, sand and sometimes grey). You won’t see any colored chaps or hat in a Reining arena, but I hope they will come up in the next years.
There is just one thing I absolutely don’t like: colored wraps or leg protections. I think that only white or black polo wraps and leg protections are appropriate for the show pen… but this is just my opinion 😉
That’s all 🙂 What do you like to wear for the Reining shows?