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Horse Show Checklist

Follow this checklist to ensure you have everything you need.

April 30, 2007

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Map to showgrounds
Show information
Membership cards
Horse registration
Health certificate, coggins, other required veterinary information
Emergency telephone numbers
Test booklet (dressage riders); NRHA patterns (reiners)
Veterinarian phone number

For Travel:

Truck and trailer registration
Head bumper
Shipping boots or wraps
Tail bandage
Stable sheet
Leather or breakway halters
Lead ropes
Jack for trailer
Tail bag/wrap
Spare tire
Manure fork
Emergency phone numbers in case of breakdown
Trailer first-aid kit
Plenty of stored water for horse(s); buckets

For You:

Hat or cap
Comfortable clothes/shoes for after competition
Beverages and snacks
Folding chairs
Aspirin, Band-Aids
Cell phone
Lint remover
Safety pins and sewing kit
Grooming apron or other cover-up

For Your Horse:

Saddle pads
Legwear (for warm-up, as well as show-ring--as dictated by your discipline)
Approved martingales or other auxillary tack
Spare stirrups and leathers
Breast plate, as needed
Longe line and longe whip (optional)
Stud chain (optional)
Halter and lead line, plus a spare
Horse blanket and cooler (optional)
Drinking water and bucket
Hay/haynet, other feed
Equine first-aid kit
Stall guard and screw eyes (if you’re boarding overnight)

For Grooming:

Fly spray
Shampoo / conditioner / detangler
Sweat scraper
Brushes, curries
Hoof pick
Coat polish
Spot remover and/or whitening product
Sponges and rags
Hoof dressing / polish
Grooming tote
Leather cleaner
Cordless clippers (for missed hairs)
Water in a spray bottle
Braiding kit / banding supplies
Ribbons for mane (saddleseat)
Rain gear, if needed

Show Apparel:

Jeans or show pants
Boot pulls and jack
Boot socks
Boot polish
Shin and knee guards (games/gymkhana); other protective gear
Coat, jacket or vest
Show shirt
Helmet or hat
Hair net/hair accessories
Tie / pin / scarf / choker
Underpasses (saddleseat)
Rain gear, if needed

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Keri    Lees summit, MO

6/13/2016 11:03:13 AM

I always bring a fan if I know it's going to be a hot day or week.

Sadie    Eastport, NY

5/2/2016 2:45:05 PM

All these things make me have a non-stress day at the show! This is the best thing ever!

Mary    N. Windham, CT

8/28/2015 4:21:11 PM

Being an old seasoned traveler, I decided to double check things anyway. Good thing because the Coggins and Rabies certificates never entered my mind.!

Mackenzie    Fairport, NY

8/23/2015 3:59:51 AM

Thank you so much for posting this checklist- I check it every single time I am going to a show, whether it's a week long A rated show out of town or it's a local show that I am showing off the trailer for! This list is much appreciated :)

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