Every CCI eventing fixture has a trot up, where the event vet assesses whether a horse is sound to compete. For many riders, sponsors, owners and spectators, this is the opportunity to dress to impress in the latest equestrian and country fashions. There are normally two trot ups held at a three-day eventing competition; before the competition starts and again before the show jumping round.
There are a few key points when completing the trot up, the horse should remain straight so that they can be assessed correctly, try to avoid the horse curling around you by holding the outside rein under the chin but not too tightly as the horse needs to travel freely.
If a horse needs a little encouragement to stay in front when trotting up, you can carry a whip, as you don’t want to be dragging your horse behind you.
Trot away from the judge then turn the horse around in a large circle as opposed to a sharp, tight circle and set off in trot once the horse is straight, keeping a pace that suits your horse best. Practice makes perfect, so it is a good idea to practice you trot up with your horse so that you both know what to do on event day.
It is a good idea to plan your trot up outfit in advance, the last thing you need on event day is to be stressed by not having the right shoes or forgetting your jeans!
Be creative, but smart. Remember the reason for the trot up is for your horse to trot, so you are going to have to run. Don’t make the mistake by wearing a super tight skirt and stiletto heels. You would never trot your horse up in heels at home, so why would you at an International event!
A typical trot up outfit would be:
- Traditional collared shirt
- Tailored jacket
- Long or short boots
We've put together some of our favourite pieces to create a stylish modern trot-up outfit for ladies:
A well cut cotton or linen shirt, provides the elegant and stylish look. Eland Lodge has a number of different shirt options available from Musto, Dubarry, Joules, Barbour and Holland Cooper.
A perfect way to customise your outfit is with an equestrian feature accessory, from simple horseshoe earrings, an equestrian-style belt, or a statement bracelet or horse necklace.
Again practice makes perfect, so it is a good idea to practice wearing your trot up outfit with your horse, so as well as dressing to impress, you can make sure your horse will not spooky at your outfit and you can both have a fun and enjoyable time.