Don’t get caught out: H&H’s ultimate eventing checklist for competition success

  • Your horse is bathed and plaited, stud holes tapped and plugged, now comes the seemingly impossible task of remembering every last piece of kit you need in order to successfully compete at a one-day event.

    To help you out, here is the ultimate checklist for everything you need to go eventing:

    Travel gear

    Travel boots/bandages
    Tail bandage
    Leather headcollar

    Things you need on your horsebox/trailer

    Horse passport
    Horse water
    Water buckets (for drinking and washing)
    Muck skip and fork
    Sponges and sweat scraper
    Steps to stand on to tidy any plaits/mount from
    Human and equine first aid kit
    Lorry/trailer breakdown insurance documents

    Grooming items

    Brushes (dandy, body, face)
    Curry comb
    Mane comb
    Plaiting bands/needle and thread
    Tail brush
    Trimming clippers
    Stable rubber
    Baby oil
    Fly spray
    Hoof pick
    Hoof oil and brush
    Event grease (if necessary)
    Hole punch

    Stud kit

    Magnetic dish
    Cotton wool
    Nail/plug removing tool
    Spare set of shoes

    Horse clothes

    Travel rug
    Cooler rug
    Waterproof sheet
    Fly sheet
    Bandages and wraps
    Cool boots


    Dressage saddle
    Dressage bridle
    Dressage pad
    Dressage girth
    Jump saddle
    Jump bridle/bit(s)
    Jumping pad
    Jumping girth
    Lunge line
    Spare set of stirrup leathers and reins
    Jumping/cross-country boots
    Tack cleaning kit

    Rider clothes

    Dressage/jumping breeches
    Stock shirt
    Stock and pin
    Hairnet (if applicable)
    Dressage/jumping/cross-country hat
    Dressage/jumping jacket
    Body protector
    Schooling whip
    Jumping whip
    Number bib
    Cross-country colours

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    Start fee
    Copy of the dressage test/rule book
    Your start times
    Stopwatch (if you want to wear one)
    Postcode of the event
    Dog poo bags and lead
    Bottled water
    Snacks (healthy if you’re feeling noble)
    Cash to buy cheesy chips/ice cream/favourite professional photographs from the day
    Suntan lotion/wellingtons depending on how friendly the weather is
    Champagne flutes (and something to put in them)

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