Riding Equipment & Attire
Very little is required in order to begin your riding lessons at Five Star Equestrian. For the first month, we provide helmets to beginning clients. However, if you fall in love with this sport and continue to ride, we require that you purchase your own helmet, vest and appropriate clothing. Pictured on this page are examples of everyday riding attire. Show clothes are more elaborate and we will help you find what you need if you start to show. We also have Five Star Equestrian Logo'd Apparel (see us to place an order).
Long hair tied back
Closed toed shoes with heel
No Jewelry, no tennis shoes, no baggy clothes
Tall Boots/Paddock Boots
ASTM/SEI certified riding helmet
Tack and Riding Apparel Local Stores
10730 Crow Canyon Rd
Castro Valley, CA 94552
7038 Commerce Circle
Pleasanton, CA 94588
884 Portola Road
Portola Valley, CA 94028
1580 El Camino Real
San Carlos, CA 94070
Dover Saddlery - www.doversaddlery.com
Schneiders - www.sstack.com
Stateline Tack - www.statelinetack.com
Smartpak - www.smartpak.com
Bay Area Equestrian - www.bayequest.com
Hair Nets & Helmets
Recommended Real Woman Ride No Knot Hair Net
Charles Owen Helmet can be used for schooling and shows
Gloves & Socks
SSG or Heritage gloves
Tall Riding socks - Noble Outfitters has a nice selection: good for tall boots and under half chaps
Riding Pants, Shirts & Belts
Riding Pants should be beige or classical colors with knee patches.
There are many options for shirts. Riders should wear polos or long sleep shirts, no tank tops, but proper sleeveless riding shirts are ok.
Belts should be appropriate for riding and not have buckles that interfere with rider, which can be a safety issue.
We STRONGLY recommend protective vests for everyone, particularly children and riders who participate in jumping.
Tipperary has relatively inexpensive vests for beginners.
For jumpers of all ages we recommend the Point Two Pro Air or child's vests (Please speak with us regarding theses inflatable vests, the "grow with me" program, etc. - we have a rep at Point Two Air who can help with fitting, etc.) - Click here for more information.
Boots & Half Chaps
Paddock boots are great for every day riding and are quite comfortable with half chaps, which help to keep leg steady while riding and to protect the rider's calf.
Tall boots are necessary for the upper level riders. Field boots are used for jumpers and Dress boots are for Dressage (please speak with us before purchasing any boot).