On New Year’s Day 2021, the top hat will no longer be allowed to be worn in dressage competitions, ending a tradition of generations. But the top hat will survive, at least for a while, on paper or in digital form as the image of both official organizations and some top shows.
Among the organizations is the United States Dressage Federation, a group that was active in eliminating the top hat in favor of protective headgear despite pleas by many of the top riders in the world to allow tradition to be maintained by senior riders at the highest levels of the sport.
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Article written By KENNETH J. BRADDICK