: ) Given that, maybe next year or so I could do some shows... Sounds like something to look forward to!
Show equipment is terribly expensive, haha, if I had the money to get it, I'd go for it this year. Not to mention the show entry fees, too!
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What level are you wanting to show at?
I myself just go to local small shows to do halter, western pleasure, reining, competitive trail, etc. A lot of them will also have some gaming events after. Most of those local shows will have a low entry fee ($2 to $5 an event) but usually don't pay any money back; you get membership points instead for year-end awards.
The shows I go to, they actually discourage big silver show saddles and chaps and bling because they want to keep it open to any level. So I do all the events in my barrel saddle, LOL, even the western pleasure.
But I make sure my horse looks clean, my tack is clean, and so I am! Being neat and clean with basic stuff will beat being "rich but sloppy" any day. It's all about presentation.
Although a lot of the local gaming shows I go to, they will have added money in addition to paying back a portion of the entry fees. Those are at least helpful because if you do do well, you can hopefully earn back your entry fees. My mom and I always say it's just icing on the cake if we can earn enough back to also fill the truck with diesel! But we don't do it to win money (although it is a nice perk). We do it because we enjoy it.
But for the gaming shows, there is not any "show tack" that is required. The show might have a long sleeve shirt and hat rule, but that's about it.
So which show equipment are you needing to get in order to do gaming?