Can you show in safety stirrups?

No matter which discipline you choose for you and your horse, safety stirrups are always a must-have. Their purpose is to decrease the chance of serious injury by allowing the foot to release easier in case of an accident. Although most equestrians already use safety stirrups, many still wonder if you can show in safety stirrups. 

The short answer is "yes," but you have to choose your safety stirrups carefully: not all stirrups are approved for all disciplines and product quality and reliability vary. Here, we will look at the topic of showing in safety stirrups in more detail.

Can you show in safety stirrups?

Yes, yes you can. But not all safety stirrups are suitable for all disciplines. So, if you show or are planning to do so, you should be aware of the rules and regulations of your chosen discipline. For instance, there are major differences between showing in dressage and showing in showjumping.

Safety stirrups in showjumping

In showjumping, the main goal of the equestrian federations is to ensure the safety of the riders. So, safety stirrups are strongly encouraged if not mandatory. 

Showjumping is a risky sport, and one of the biggest risks is falling off and getting caught in the stirrups. Another big risk is losing your stirrups while riding. So, riders can choose safety stirrups that minimize both of these risks.

For instance, Ophena S and Ophena S Pro are magnetic safety stirrups that are approved by the FEI for showjumping. They have a magnetic connection that decreases the chance of losing your stirrups while riding. Also, the open design decreases chances of getting caught in the stirrups.

Safety stirrups for dressage

The rules and regulations are much stricter in dressage than in showjumping. This is because any extra aids are not allowed. For instance, magnetic safety stirrups are not allowed in dressage.

Ophena A is a safety stirrup without magnets. It features patent-pending technology, The Twister. It is a silicone piece that closes the outer side and releases when pressure is applied. 

In dressage, safety stirrups that do not provide any extra aid are allowed. 

Safety stirrups for eventing

In eventing, riders have to take into account regulations for dressage, showjumping, and cross country. Safety stirrups are essential for eventers as well, and it is important to choose safety stirrups that increase safety.

Check rules and contact your equestrian federation

Rules and regulations vary based on the competition level and the discipline you have chosen. You should always check the updated rules by contacting your equestrian federation. 

Also, you should note that FEI regulations may differ from the rules of national equestrian federations.

Get your safety stirrups at

Ophena stirrups are only available at On our website, you will be able to purchase Ophena S, Ophena S Pro, and Ophena A safety stirrups. 

Ophena S and Ophena S Pro are magnetic safety stirrups that are suitable especially for showjumpers. They are also approved for FEI showjumping.

Ophena A is a safety stirrup without magnets. They are approved for all disciplines.

It is easy to purchase your safety stirrups on our website:

  1. Choose your stirrup style
  2. Choose the color (silver or black)
  3. Optional: Engrave your stirrups
  4. Add your shipping details
  5. Your stirrups will ship to you as soon as possible

The best part: you will get a 60-day money-back guarantee.

Questions? Don't hesitate to contact us!