BY LAUREN MAULDIN
Shadbellies are a bucket list apparel item for many equestrians. They signify a formal, big event like a hunter derby or classic. Riders on all different levels dream of cantering around with their tails flying, but what kind of shadbelly should you get?
Black wool with a yellow vest or points is the traditional choice, but with more and more riders donning a shad for everything from local derbies to Pony Finals, there are more fashion choices than ever. Hunter green? Live your dream. Flashy points? You have options.
Within the plethora of shadbelly fashion, let’s take a look at what the top hunter derby riders wore at this year’s International Hunter Derby Championships.
Plaid points are a timeless, classic choice.
Contrasting collars give simple coats a pop of color.
Non-traditional colors made their appearance, including shades of green and navy.
Having lining that matched the vest points were a popular choice, especially among junior riders.
Dark points made for a sleek, almost monochromatic look.
Points and belts give opportunity for flashes of color and pattern
And finally, there’s always the classic look!
About the Author: Lauren holds an MFA in creative nonfiction from the University of California Riverside, and is a lifelong rider and writer. Beyond equestrian journalism, she explores body positivity, mental health and addiction through personal narrative. She enjoys showing on the local hunter/jumper circuit in Austin, Texas.
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