I would be remiss if I didn’t mention fashion. With all the hoopla about the new colors approved by the FEI last year, most riders are still wearing black or off-black, even in Europe. But I did see some notable exceptions and embellishments on the theme:
Pinstripes and subtle colors. Browns are in. Greys are in. Love, love, love them. I would love to see a variety of soft off-whites in breeches, gloves and saddle pads to match!
Bold piping. Not just on collars, but on cuffs, pockets, and the edges of points. Gold, white, silver, red and green were seen.
Buttons, buttons, buttons. Many, shiny, glittery and fancy.
Back bows and/or elbow patches. Not sure about this one, but the contrasting ones definitely caught my eye.
Helmets seem slow to catch on in Europe. The Juniors are required to wear them, but very few adults have switched out their top hats so far.