Show Season Is Upon Us!
Are you ready for the nerves, the hurrying up and waiting, the broken vending machines, far-away porta-potties, and that rider who keeps beating you by .5 seconds in the jump off?
Whether it's your fiftieth show season or your first, the key to a successful show trip is having a killer show kit. Below, we've listed show essentials and pro tips for a smooth show season!
If you think we missed one, or have a great tip you'd like to share, comment below! We'll add it and credit you in the master list!
Saddle (all purpose, dressage, jumping, or all three!)
Martingale and/or breastplate
Boots/Polo wraps for warmup & lunging
Halter & lead rope
Hay (if not offered/your horse is sensitive)
Braiding rubber bands
Touch up clippers
Basic farrier kit
Vet wrap, Corona ointment, quick fix vet gear
Coggins & Rabies certificates
Stock tie or show pin
Hair bow/ribbon (for the kiddo competitor)
Show shirt (bring 2!)
Cuff links for the dressage test
Show breeches (bring 2!)
Bobby pins, scrunchies, rubber bands
Hair net & hairspray
Rain coat & sweatshirt
Baggy shirt to wear over your show gear
Ibuprofen, bandaids, athletic tape
WD-40 - Spray it on hooves to repel dust & dirt
Pledge - Great tail detangler, and quickly polishes tack, too!
Dryer sheets - Rub hind legs & tail for a static-free tail!
Baby powder - Apply to (clean) white markings for an extra boost of chrome. It also repels dust in the ring!
Rags - More than you think. More than that
Alcohol - Spray on manure stains, rub off with rags, save yourself another trip to the wash rack
Extra spray bottles - Show sheen? Water? Bleach mixture? Spray bottles are endlessly helpful
Poultice & liniment - Exhausted & in need of an ice bath at the end of a show day? So is your horse
Peppermints - Keep the wrapper in your pocket for the jog or vet check, and you'll have a much more eager horse trotting next to you
Extra string & safety pins for your show number
Extra stirrup leather & emergency release rubber bands
Saddle cover - Keep it on while you warm up: clean saddle, warm bum
Tags & a Sharpie - Everything without your name on it will be claimed by someone else
Cooler with snacks - The food cart is going to feel impossibly far away after a tough ride
Frozen Gatorade & water -Save yourself a heat-stroke or three
Wet rags in the cooler - See above
Treats - For you, for your horse, for making friends!
Sunscreen - Bring it, and it'll probably rain. But if you don't, your horse's snip will be burnt a tomato red hue and you'll have a very strange helmet tan
Moleskin - Strange name. Savior of ankles & calves everywhere
Step ladder - You know what sucks? Running around the show grounds asking to borrow someone's step ladder at 4am
Headlamp - Whether you're braiding before dawn or searching for a bit in the depths of your trailer, a headlamp is this season's hottest accessory
Cooler blanket - Toss it over your tacked up horse to keep her muscles warm while you walk the course. Wrap yourself in it while wandering the show grounds to keep mud from flicking up onto your breeches
Extra buckets - Also more than that
Double sided snaps - Even if you don't use these -- which you will -- keep some around. These are horse show gold
Zip ties - Tie your broken reins to your bit. Tie your loose stirrup leather to the catch. Tie your broken bone back to your arm. Easy!
Duct tape - What a zip tie can't fix, duct tape will!
Enthusiastic teenager (or a patient friend) - Essential for removing tall boots w/o zippers, scratching or adding classes, horse-holding for last minute bathroom trips, and much, much more!
Cash - It's a horse show. No one will take credit cards
Trainer bribes - Chocolate? Smoothie? Beer? Do some reconnaissance. They'll appreciate it, and your early morning panic attack will be forgiven
Toilet Paper - When your choices are the back of a horse's stall or the fly-infested portable toilet
Lucky charm - They work