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15 smart show rugs sure to stand out from the crowd


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  • The best show rugs are versatile. Not only do they need to keep your horse looking clean and smart, but as your horse is likely to be standing around between classes, a good show rug should keep him warm on a chilly day and help him cool down on a warm day – breathable and wicking properties are essential here. They can also be used for travelling,  which means you only need one rug all day, saving you from packing a full wardrobe. You’ll be thankful for the simple fastenings that feature on most show rugs, too, tackwhen you’re rushing to your next class and your horse is slightly more on his toes than normal.

    We’ve also rounded up the best technical coolers and travel rugs, if you’re looking for something more specific.

    Here’s a range of the best show rugs listed alphabetically – some boast a range of technical features, while others are super-smart, so there’s something for every need…

    DefenceX System deluxe fleece rug

    DefenceX System deluxe fleece rug

    Colours: Navy | Sizes: 5ft6in – 7ft3in | RRP: £49.99 |

    A luxurious addition to any wardrobe, this rug made by Hy can be used in a wide variety of situations. It is made from a soft fleece fabric that traps the air to help keep your horse warm, while also wicking moisture away from the skin to prevent a wet horse getting cold. It featuring a rolled cushioned neckline to prevent rubbing, a single touch-tape fastening at the front and adjustable cross surcingles.

    View now at equus.co.uk or rideawaystore.com

    Equiport bespoke fleece show rug

    Equiport bespoke fleece show rug

    Colours: 15 colours and 31 piping options | Sizes: 5–7ft | RRP: From £98 |

    If you’re looking for something smart and personal, check out this soft and washable, bespoke show rug from Equiport. It is available in a range of fleece colours with rope piping, outer binding and hip ornament options, and is finished with leather front straps, and optional hip ornaments. It can be embroidered in a range of fonts and colours, too.

    Eskadron Jersey Stripe Contrast rug

    Eskadron Jersey Stripe Contrast rug

    Colours: Navy or seasonal colours | Sizes: 5ft9in – 7ft | RRP: £82.95 |

    This breathable, moisture-wicking and stretchy rug from Pikeur is made from a technical jersey with a fleece inner for warmth. It features detachable cross-surcingles.

    Horseware Rambo show sheet

    Horseware Rambo show sheet

    Colours: Grey/raspberry or blue/silver | Sizes: XS–L | RRP: £162.95 |

    This Horseware rug is made from ring-spun polyester that wicks away sweat to keep your horse clean, dry and comfortable. It features a detachable hood with full face coverage, a silky lining at the shoulder and mane, and comes complete with a tail bag. It also has cross surcingles, an adjustable front, hood loops and secure Velcro hood closures. Sizes span 4ft9in – 7ft3in.

    View now at equus.co.uk

    LeMieux Four Seasons show rug

    LeMieux Four Seasons rug

    Colours: Black or navy | Sizes: 5ft3in – 6ft9in | RRP: £139.95 |

    This smart rug from LeMieux has great thermal and wicking qualities – it wicks away moisture through its top layer while the fleece inner lining allows air flow to keep your horse warm and dry. It is finished with braided rope detailing and has a deep, rolled back collar for maximum comfort and security. It is fully adjustable with twin front straps that allow for more freedom of movement.

    View now at equus.co.uk

    Mark Todd Pro stable sheet

    Mark Todd Pro stable sheet

    Colours: Navy | Sizes: 5ft6in – 7ft | RRP: £59.99 |

    This Mark Todd rug features a 1000D water-resistant, breathable ripstop outer and a soft moisture-wicking lining. It has easy front T-bar fixings, adjustable cross surcingles, fillet string and fleece wither protection. 

    View now at equus.co.uk or viovet.co.uk

    Masta fleece rug

    Masta fleece rug

    Colours: Black | Sizes: 4ft6in – 7ft6in | RRP: £55 |

    Made from breathable, wicking fleece fabric with a soft anti-pill finish, this Masta rug can be used for travelling, stabling, after bathing or exercise. It features an anti-rub lining at the chest and has a fleece wither pad to reduce rubbing. It also has twin T-bar fastenings to the front, cross surcingles and a fillet string, and is finished with metallic silver piping for a stylish finish. Also available with fixed neck.

    Ponyo Horsewear fleece cooler

    Ponyo Horsewear fleece cooler

    Colours: 5 fun patterns | Sizes: 3ft – 7ft3in | RRP: From £29 |

    This fun fleece cooler rug from Ponyo is sweat-wicking and has anti-pilling properties that help to cool your horse down gradually after exercise. The shoulders and optional neck cover are lined with a silky fabric to avoid rubbing. The optional neck cover is attached to the main body with 3 sturdy metal clips for ease of use. Matching travel boots available for the complete show day look.

    QHP Diamond show rug

    QHP Diamond show rug

    Colours: Wine red or black | Sizes: 5ft5in – 7ft1in | RRP: £69.95 |

    This super-smart show rug from QHP is made of softshell material, which means hay and shavings don’t stick. The lining and collar are made of super soft imitation wool, while the chest closures are made of imitation leather with black metal hardware for an extra chic touch. The rug features removable surcingles and tail cord, and is finished with a diamond patch and two-tone decorative cord. 

    View now at rideawaystore.com

    Ruggles velvet show rug with chest feature

    Ruggles velvet show rug with chest feature

    Colours: Black/red/gold | Sizes: 2ft9in – 7ft6in | RRP: From £39 | 

    This 100g, quilted, velvet show rug from Ruggles has a 210D lining that helps to keep the coat smooth and prevent marking. The chest is fastened with double adjustable chest straps with D rings and robust trigger clips, and the lined chest flap is secured with Velcro. It has a single adjustable girth strap with trigger clip and the plastic-coated elasticated fillet string also has clips at each end. It is finished with a gold and red decorative trim.

    View now at ebay.co.uk

    Shires Tempest Original Team Shires show rug

    Shires Tempest Original Team Shires show rug

    Colours: Navy/red | Sizes: 5ft6in – 7ft | RRP: £59.99 |

    This Shires rug is described as a great all-rounder with a show style. Lightweight and quick drying, it also wicks away excess moisture to prevent chilling and helps regulate temperature so is ideal for shows, travelling, after bathing and exercise. It features a SupaFleece neck trim, buckle chest straps, adjustable cross surcingles and a fillet string.

    View now at viovet.co.uk

    Supreme Products show sheet

    Supreme Products show sheet

    Colours: Black/gold | Sizes: 4ft6in – 7ft | RRP: £49.99 |

    This lightweight and breathable show sheet from Supreme Products is great for use while travelling or during busy days at competitions. It will protect your horse from dust and dirt, keeping them clean and pristine ready for the ring. It has double chest fastenings, adjustable cross surcingle straps and fillet string, as well as a fleece-lined wither. It is finished with gold trim and the Supreme Products logo for a smart look.

    View now at viovet.co.uk or rideawaystore.com

    Thermatex TKCS cooler

    Thermatex TKCS cooler

    Colours: 23 options | Sizes: 4ft – 7ft3in | RRP: From £72.05 |

    A popular spring/summer rug choice, this British-made lightweight, knitted rug from Thermatex is designed to provide warmth when needed, while encouraging airflow. It features a double front closure, reinforced wither pad, belly strap and fillet loops. It is also machine washable. 

    WeatherBeeta Thermocell standard neck cooler

    WeatherBeeta Thermocell standard neck cooler

    Colours: Navy/white | Sizes: 5ft6in – 7ft3in | RRP: £79.99 |

    This smart and versatile cooler from Weatherbeeta has an ultra-soft feel and stylish design. Made with multi-layer fabric, it is lightweight but warm with excellent wicking properties to keep your horse dry and comfortable. It features a single adjustable front surcingle closure, low cross surcingles and tail cord.

    View now at naylors.com, equus.co.uk, viovet.co.uk, amazon.co.uk or rideawaystore.com

    Yaris wool show rug

    Yaris wool show rug

    Colours: Black, bottle green, navy or sky blue, with piping and binding options | Sizes: 4–7ft | RRP: From £165 |

    Made in Britain from the highest quality Kendal wool, this rug from Yaris features substantial internal woollen neck strengtheners and a sheepskin pad at the withers. It is fastened with a dark Havana leather chest strap and a brass tongued buckle, and the rug is also darted at the rear for a tailored fit. You can choose from a wide range or piping and binding colours, and embroidery options for a personal look.


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