Ready-Set-Show: A Preparation Guide


You’ve got a lot to think about when getting ready for show season. Follow the timeline below and use the shopping list to help ensure that nothing is forgotten.

TIME IT OUT

When's your first show? Did you compete in the Winter Circuit? Waiting for Spring? Here's a list of timing to consider:​​

12 WEEKS: CUSTOMIZE

  • Custom boots require a minimum of 8 weeks. Make an appointment to be measured and order your boots no later than 12 weeks before you’ll need them.

  • Pre-Show Shop at The Equestrian’s Concierge (or call / email) to determine what other custom items you may need: custom-ordered coat, saddle pads -- even a fake tail.

9 WEEKS: GET EQUIPPED

  • Do you need Tack Trunk / Tack Trunk Cover or Stand?

  • Barn Show Blankets -- EQ has a directory of what most trainers want

6 WEEKS: GET COVERED

  • Take a blanket and saddle pad inventory -- send out anything that may need cleaning or repair. Anything need embroidered?

  • Make sure to have plenty of wraps for your horse. Shipping wraps should be 12" / 14" for ponies and 14" / 16" for horses

  • Check your tack: Bridle, Girth, Martingale / Breastplate, Bit, Eq Boots. Order nameplates or get it leather stamped.


4 WEEKS: GET OUTFITTED

  • Try on and assess your show clothes -- what needs replacing? Shop for breeches, helmet, show shirts, show jackets, socks, gloves, belts, and other apparel. We always recommend having a spare outfit just in case.


2 WEEKS: GET IN CONDITION

  • Bring your saddle, bridle, and boots to EQ for cleaning / conditioning / polishing.

  • Drop off any tack that needs nameplates affixed or that requires leather stamping.

  • Take care of any remaining items on the shopping list.

1-3 DAYS: PACK IT UP

  • Make sure your tack trunk is packed, covered and ready to load.

  • At home, pack your garment bag and any other personal items - this becomes your "locker" for the shows.

  • If you’re driving out of town, fill up your gas tank and get some cash for the trip -- don't forget those checks for non-credit card vendors.

As always, contact The Equestrian's Concierge with any questions - we're happy to help and can usually ship any extras directly to the show

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Ashley Matchett Woods is the owner of The Equestrian’s Concierge at Sonoma Horse Park in Northern California -- provider of premium brands and services for equestrians and their horses.