One of the hobby's most familiar yet dreaded personalities is the performance "expert" whose knowledge is at least thirty years out of date. You know who I'm talking about. She's there in nearly every online forum, pronouncing entries "wrong" because they don't match her own narrow and antiquated experience.
I really do not want to be that person.
Still, it's hard to keep up with all the changes in all the divisions. I couldn't do it on my own, but fortunately, I have friends who help. Just the other day, Margaret Balch sent me a note regarding the use of fly bonnets at dressage shows.She writes: This is something I didn't realize until this past weekend, but according to USEF rules - DR 121.7, 121.8 (as of April 1st 2013) fly bonnets are allowed in outdoor dressage competitions. Here's the copy/paste of the rule: "Fly hoods (ear covers) made of a thin (single, unpadded) layer of material, are permitted for competitions held in open-sided covered rings or outdoor rings in order to protect horses from insects. The fly hoods should be discreet and should not cover the horse’s eyes. After completion of the test, the rider or his representative is responsible for removing the fly hood to present to the designated ring steward for inspection to ensure that nothing prohibited has been added to (for example, special material) or is covered by the fly hoods to protect
I know I'm not the only performance shower with a couple fly bonnets stashed away in my tack box.
I am pleased to learn that they can now do double duty in both the dressage and jumper rings.
Thanks for sharing helping me stay current, Margaret!