The Equestrian Guide To Summer Apparel

by Michelle Drum April 28, 2020 5 min read

Horse show with sunrise

With sunshine and warm weather full steam ahead, now is a great time to take a look at what must-have items you’ll need to have for your #rootd this summer. Our favorite brands have come up with some amazing fabrics & styles to help keep you cool and comfortable in the saddle all summer long. 


Cover up without burning up!
Sun-shirts are a must-have for professionals, amateurs, and junior riders alike. They offer protection from the skins of harmful rays & some brands offer technical cooling fabrics as well. No matter what your budget we’ve got the colors, styles & prints for everyone to ride happy and comfortable all day long.

Ariat offers the top-selling Sunstopper, these fun quarter-zip shirts offer premium comfort and protection in 6 prints4 solid colors. These versatile shirts pair easily with breeches or your favorite shorts and go from street to stable in a skinny minute. 

Ariat SunStopper Shirt                           Ariat Sunstopper Shirt


Tailored Sportsman Sun Shirts have really upped the ante this season. As if they weren’t the trendsetters to start with! This is our best selling sun shirt and it’s no wonder. The feminine styling & sun protection paired with Icefil cooling fabric in a rainbow of colors what’s not to love? These shirts are an easy way to beat the summer heat while knocking your goals in the irons out of the park.

Tailored Sportsman Sunshirts

Kerrits Equestrian Apparel offers a fun collection of Icefil sun shirts for ladies & girls. These shirts offer a more relaxed fit while maintaining the sun protection you love & the iceFil fabric to keep you cool. Available in several fun prints all of which easily go from trail to town in winning style. 

Kerrits Icefil


Uncompromising Comfort From Sunrise To Sunset Around the Barn.
Breeches are an equestrian staple for every season. Knee Patch or Full Seat, Riding Tights or Traditional breeches, this season is full of colors, fabrics & styles to keep you going all day long.

Tailored Sportsman Breeches - This hunter jumper staple brings a new style to the table, in addition to the family of classic velcro ankle styles, they have added a Sock bottom breech this year that comes in all your favorite vintage styles & some new ones too! The sock bottom also offers an upgraded waistband with a new cloth covered slide snap closure. We offer thousands of styles & colors from Tailored Sportsman, boasting the largest in-stock inventory in the United States. With so many to choose from, you’ll be nailing your #rootd all season!Tailored Sportsman Sock Bottom Breeches 

Ariat Tri-Factor breeches are here for another winning season with some amazing upgrades. This summer breech is available in knee patch or full seat with cooling fabric is offered in the original style with the faux back pockets, and also in a new show style - the Tri-Factor EQ breech with no back pockets and classic styling. Perfect for long hot summer show days! 

Ariat TriFactor Breeches

Goode Rider is a huge favorite with moms returning to riding & full figured riders. Their tights offer an amazing compression factor that looks amazing on ANY body type. Seriously if you find yourself struggling to find a pair of breeches you like the fit of, these are absolutely worth stepping into. Offered in full seat tights with silicone grips the Goode Rider Energy is seriously the most comfortable breeches our staff has ever tried on! Stylish confidence in your new favorite breeches! 

Goode Rider Energy Tight


The Kerrits brand is synonymous with versatility and loved by all disciplines. Mostly known for their riding tights, over the last few years they have branched out into classic style IceFil schooling tights & competition breeches in knee patchfull seat using their super comfortable & supportive fabrics. Loved by trail riders, dressage riders & eventers, this season’s color story is not going to disappoint. 

Kerrits IcFil TightKerrits Affinity Breeches

Breezy Footwear
Enjoy comfort and style in the latest trends in summer footwear from Ariat

After a long day in the saddle or at the show, it's only fair to treat your feet to something soothing. Exchange those tall boots for a comfortable pair Ariat Fuse tennis shoes, your feet will thank you.  All the footbed comfort and support in a breezy stylish casual shoe. Perfect for loafing around with friends in town or for night check at the barn. Offered in a variety of colors, the breathability & comfy footbed will have you rebounding with energy. They even make a waterproof version!

Ariat Fuse Shoes


Keepin' It Cool While Competing
It's with no doubt that the mesh show coats & talent yarn shirts are a top pick for keeping cool while competing. 

The AA Motionlite show coat by Alessandro Albanese and distributed by Horseware was the first to break on the scene with a tailored mesh show coat for our hunter riders. The stretch fabric moves with you and offers a refreshing breeze as you ride your courses. From classic navy to punch aviator blue these coats with interchangeable buttons offer something for hunters and jumpers at a great price point. Also available in a shadbelly.

AA Motionlite Show CoatAA MotionLite Shadbelly

Prefer something with a bit more structure? The RJ Classics Harmony show coat arrived last spring and has been the go-to jacket for many of our junior riders who are looking for some heat relief. They like the look of the solid structure front and back enhancing the correctness of their position in the show ring. This coat is a nice compromise of mesh and traditional show coat, also available in several colors. RJ also offers a mesh shadbelly in the Rhapsody

RJ Classics Harmony Show CoatRJ Classics Rhapsody Shadbelly

Looking for some higher-end options? Equiline's X-Cool show coats, available in the Gait for jumpers & the Hayley for hunters & eq riders. These coats offer strategic venting and perforation with all the structure of a traditional show coat. A favorite among the trainers who prefer the classic traditional styling of old school wool coats. Looking for something with a little more pizzaz? You can custom design your own Equiline Gait or Hayley show coat! 

Equiline Gait Show CoatEquiline Hayley Show Coat

Essex Classics is the leader in competition shirts and an innovator in using technical fabrics tailored to meet the needs of serious equestrians. The Talent yarn series offers a perforated stretch fabric treated with IceFil and finished with a fun contrast print inside the collar. The long sleeve offers vented mesh down the inside of the arm and finishes with more fun contrast under the cuffs. Contrasts vary from classic stripes to fun beverages, something to suit every personality!

Essex Classic Show Shirt

Ariat's Marquis collection also offers perforated Icefil fabrics with vented sleeves complimented with fun patterns within the mesh. 

Ariat Marquis Show Shirt


Speaking of fun mesh patterns, if you crave that highly tailored Italian look, check out the Cate from Equiline. This classic white shirt takes on a beautiful yet formal silhouette. The sleeves are full mesh with an elegant mesh pattern. Equiline Cate show shirt


Maybe you're more into French fashion, in which case Samshield has something for you too!  Samshields Appoline short sleeve show shirt comes in 3 styles, an elegant twist with the black & gold. The design has a white front placket for under your jacket, all bets are off when your done with you're class. The body of the shirt is a comfortable black material with a shimmering gold pinstripe running through it. A store favorite right out of the box on arrival! 

Samshield Appoline Show Shirt


Get A Grip
Roeckls Laila Glove with the tan through mesh exterior is always a winner and one of our best sellers in the summertime. 

Roeckl Laila Gloves


Now you know all of our favorites this season, what are yours? Happy riding & we'll see you at the horse shows soon! 


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