Whether you own a grey, a piebald or a Welsh with white socks, mud will always be your number one enemy. But it seems some meticulous competitors have managed to defy the conditions and keep their steeds looking tip-top, as they headed out to the early season shows.
Get some serious motivation from these 10 super-clean show winners…
This big-moving ex-racehorse Allied Answer showed off his stunning dapples at Aintree, under usual jockey Dannii Thexton, who took the nine-year-old to HOYS in the riding horse section last term.
James Whiteford and team get an A* for effort here. Their Connemara stallion Fuinseoig Boy topped his first RIHS qualifier of the season at BSPS Scotland's winter fixture, where he also headed the championship.
Leading the P(UK) young riders section at Keysoe’s Valentine’s show was Angela Carter’s home-bred Highland gelding, who was ridden by Charlotte Tuck.
Grey Welsh A gelding Gartconnel Sky Train and his mini jockey Ryley Shields looked picture-perfect as they won the mini title at BSPS Area 5's spring show, with producer Grace Mumford on the lead rein.
This 12-year-old Welsh A lifted the mini plaited championship with seven-year-old Olivia Banwell in the saddle at Stretcholt.
This dazzling piebald gelding topped the coloureds at NEDZ spring show, Aintree, under his owner Ellie Taylor. Serious mane envy!
Another gleaming grey native was Melanie Morley's six-year-old Connemara, who, ridden by Tayla Lewis, won the heritage open crown at BSPS Area 5.
Elle Waters-Jones and her own seven-year-old stallion Panda II won the traditional gypsy cob class at NEDZ spring show.
At the season's first HOYS qualifier, Emma Green rode the four-year-old stallion Ringston Rueben to top the strong line-up of Shires, exhibiting his perfectly primped feathers in the process.