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Horse Shows

Trainer Fees
1-day show
$90/student
2 or more days show
$80/day/student
Use of school horse
$100

So Patty says you can go to your first horse show. Here's what to expect on warm-up day. If you have a question do not hesitate to ask either an older kid or Patty. They would rather you ask them and do it right the first time than have to repeat your work.


1. ARRIVAL - There is always a list at the entrance of the show to tell us where our stalls are. They are usually listed by the trainers last name which in this case is Morton.


First priority is the comfort of your horse. Each horse must have:

  • Shavings spread in his/her stall

  • A full water bucket

  • Hay

  • Walls checked for nails to ensure that you and your horse will be safe. Remove any that you find.

          

ALWAYS WALK A HORSE ON A CHAIN AT A SHOW


2. REGISTERING - To get your number meet with Patty to determine which classes you will show in. Neatly fill in the show registration form and get your mom or dad to sign it. Ask a big kid where you can find the office. You will need the form and a blank signed check to receive your number, which you will wear as you show. (For mom or dad you will fill out the check amount at the end of the show day when you "cash out" and receive your bill at the end of the day.)


3. ORGANIZE - Your tack and supplies need to be put in the tack room or near your stall

  • If you choose the tack room, you need to put your things in there as soon as you arrive and keep your space neat.

  • Get your horse unwrapped and groomed so that when Patty says "get on" all you have to do is put the saddle on and you are already organized for a great ride.

  • Always halter your horse when working near them in a stall. Even if your horse is trustworthy, the busy show atmosphere can cause any horse to spook at something that they would not ordinarily be afraid of.

  • Roll your wraps and put them with your things near your horse's stall or in the tack room.

4. AFTER RIDING - Your horse always comes first. Untack, clean him/her up and clean your tack. Make sure your horse has food, water, and that their stall is clean. We don't have grooms to clean the stalls or to feed and water your horse for you so you have to do EVERYTHING on your own. Now you can relax...

 

5. LEAVING AT THE END OF WARM-UP DAY

  • Make sure all the stalls are clean, every horse has food, water, and your horse has received any supplements or medication that they may need throughout the show.

  • Check that the stall door is secure.

  • Ask Patty what time to be there the next day and DON'T be late! It never hurts to be there 10 minutes early.

  • Take all leather items home with you (tack, girths, saddles, etc.) but all plastic items (tack box, brushes, saddle rack, etc.) can stay. The tack room does not get locked and you do not want to have to replace leather items if they are stolen.

 

6. HAVE FUN ! - Going to a horse show is supposed to be fun, so remember to enjoy yourself. Take time out of what seems like an extremely hectic day to watch experienced riders compete. Even just watching better riders can make you a better rider! Also, don't forget to cheer on your barn mates! The more you relax and enjoy the smoother the show will go for you and your horse.

 

7. FINAL ADVICE  

  • Pitch in and help, even if it's not your turn, especially if you are sharing a horse.

  • Your horse always comes before you, no matter how tired you might be, your horse is most likely more tired than you.

  • Borrow or share items if you can. Hand me downs are a great thing!

  • Never be afraid to ask questions!

LOAD THESE THINGS INTO YOUR CAR THE DAY BEFORE

  • Tack box - clean it first if it is dirty, include a chain to safely walk your horse.

  • Tack

  • Saddle

  • White fitted pads (make sure they are the right size for your saddle.)

  • Any supplements or medications your horse needs. You may have to prepare some yourself ahead of time at the barn.

  • Feed pan

  • Saddle rack

  • Fly spray

  • Tack cleaning supplies

  • Snacks for riders (especially drinks)

  • Treats for horses

  • FOOD SHOULD NOT STAIN TACK OR CLOTHING IF SPILLED OR DROPPED!

HORSE SHOW CLOTHING LIST FOR YOUR SHOW DAYS

  • Show shirt

  • Show helmet or a black velvet cover for your regular helmet

  • Black gloves and crop

  • Show coat

  • Hair nets in your hair color

  • Clips, pony tail holders or bobby pins (your hair should not show and should not stick out when you ride.)

  • Tan show pants

  • Pajama bottoms to wear over your show pants to keep them clean and can slide right off before you get on

  • Garters to match the color of your boots

  • Boots polished and cleaned (no chaps)

  • A belt to match boots and garters

 

You may be able to borrow a lot of these things so ask an older rider. If you can borrow, do so. You are growing fast so don't buy! Borrow! You will need all these items in order to show.

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