Make a list and then make another list of everything you'll need.
Things that you might not think about:
A wet wash cloth to scrub off your hands before touching your nice clean show clothes
Safety pins for your number
Extra hair ties (for you and your horse, those things always break for me!)
Your horse's coggins!
Have all your stuff cleaned and in bags ready to go the day before the day before, so in the morning you can just load up and go! Shows, IMHO, are all about being prepared. It's hard to think of everything when its your first time though :) Good luck
I used to show dogs. My first dozen shows were nerve wracking for me I was so afraid of forgetting something. I ended up having "show tubs" (think blue bins) that I would keep an inventory list taped to the underside of the cover. This way I could verify what I needed to pack or replenish.
I agree with disastercupcake. Lists are your friends. I would recommend you pack up to a week earlier so you can make any emergency purchases you realize you need.
From my experience with dogs, these items can be overlooked:
- cooler with beverages and light snacks to a full luncheon meal if you will be there all day. (This is for you).
- If you are prone to anxiety, or nerves, some Tums or other antacid.
- A change of show clothes.
- Makeup for touchups
- Chairs to sit on.
- Shade (canopy or umbrella) if you will be outdoors.
- for your first few shows; pack it all. Your grooming tools, spray bottles, conditioners, whatever you use that is allowed the day of a show. Even your clippers. Because 30 minutes before you tack up, you will find a smudge, a knick, or something that you want to take care of.