Equestrian wear is on the rise again, and with good reason.
The American equestrians and their costumes have become a global phenomenon, with thousands of costumes appearing on the market in recent years.
Equestrians across the country and abroad are buying and wearing costumes to show their love for the sport.
There’s even a thriving market for vintage equestries that can be customized for specific riders.
“The trend is definitely in the interest of our athletes,” said Bob Mavrodi, president of the National Equestrials Association, which represents about 30,000 athletes in equestriking.
“They want to be recognized as part of the community.”
For many, the costume is a symbol of their love of the sport, and of their appreciation for the work they put in to earn it.
It’s also a symbol for those of us who are not athletes who want to wear our best when we ride.
“It is my way of saying thanks to them,” said Sarah Gifford, a former Olympic skier who now teaches equestriders how to get their costume to the right fit.
“I would wear my outfit to the movies, to parties, and it’s a good way to show appreciation for all the hard work.”
Gifford said she’s been seeing more and more people wearing equestraultries recently, in part because of the attention the sport has received over the last year.
“You have these people that are just out there,” she said.
“The amount of people who are just riding and being in the saddle are just a big part of it.”
It’s not just the women’s and girls’ costume that’s attracting interest.
Equals have been seen in movie trailers and commercials for a variety of products, including jewelry, body paint, and headgear.
The latest craze, however, is the costume of the equestrator, or the rider who rides.
“A lot of people are starting to think of equestroids as women and girls,” said Lizzie Gabb, executive director of the American Equestration Association.
“But the costumes are for the guys, and the women and the kids and the dads.
There are so many different styles of them.”
Gabb said the costume has been in the news lately because of a recent tweet from former Olympic weightlifter Chris Weidman.
Weideman, who is now a professional wrestler, wrote that he wanted to see more women riding in his costumes, and he posted a photo of a costume that featured two men, one of them wearing a horse mask.
Weidman apologized to the horse and rider community and said he was sorry that he offended them.
“My intentions were not to hurt anyone or to be disrespectful,” he said.
But while Weidmans tweet and costume made headlines, the real trend is the equiestrian costumes.
While women have traditionally been the dominant figures in equine costumes, women are beginning to wear their own.
“There is more awareness now,” said Mavrosi.
“There’s a lot more interest in the girls, and now that girls are in the lead role in the industry, there’s a new generation of girls that want to ride and have fun.”
Gazzetta dello Sport, the Italian newspaper, is getting in on the action.
It published a video on YouTube this week of a woman wearing an equestravaganza outfit that featured the head of a horse.
“Equestrianism is a great sport, a great love and a great thing,” the woman said in the video.
“I love equestralism,” the voiceover continues.
“And it’s something I’ve been wanting to do for as long as I can remember.
I want to show everyone that you can do it.”