Are you ready for your first show?

  • Expert advice on preparing for a winning debut in the show ring

    Follow our at-a-glance guide to entering your first show.

    Before you set off for your big day check that you have organised the following essentials:

    • A copy of the schedule to check you are eligible to enter?
    • A map and directions of how to get there – aim to arrive early
    • A packed lunch and refreshments for your family and helpers
    • A checklist of all the clothes and tack you will need on the day. These should include string for your number, scrunchies for the hair, tiepin , extra hairnet, a change of clothes etc

    • Sufficient money for entries
    • Check oil and water in lorry/car
    • Check tyres and spare
    • Insurance/MOT up to date
    • Current flu/vet certificate

    Make sure that you have packed the following for your pony

    • water
    • feed
    • haynet
    • whitener for legs
    • clean grooming kit
    • blackener for knees and hooves
    • baby oil for eyes and muzzle
    • human hairbrush for M&M manes and tails
    • hoofpick
    • clean sponge

    Last minute checks :

    • Saddle, girth, bridle bit – have you cleaned them and put them back together?
    • Jodphur boots – have you sewn elastic onto the jodhpurs?
    • Gloves – for leader and rider?
    • Lead Rein Leader – have you got the leather lead rein? Your showing cane?Your running shoes? Your Hat? Don’t forget your tights!
    • Dad – have you got the camera? The video? Money for emergencies?
    • Don’t forget a map!
    • Arrive early, be prepared!

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