General information on tack

Saddles – general guidelines for all classes

  • Straight cut or working hunter saddles show more of the horse’s shoulder and movement, so are preferable to GP saddles
  • Brown or black tack – brown is preferred by traditional judges and is always correct in the show ring
  • Either no numnah or one which is discreet and matches the horse and saddle
  • Girths – should be brown or black to match the colour of the tack and preferably be made of leather.

Bridles – general guidelines

  • Snaffle bridle for novice classes
  • Double bridle or pelham for open classes. If a rugby Pelham is used use a slip head.
  • Leather should be black or brown


  • Horses - No boots or bandages except front boots in working hunter classes which MUST be removed before entering the ring for the ridden part.
  • Ponies – boots may be worn front and back in the jumping section but MUST be removed for the ridden part.
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