Oh she won't be dirty, I know how rude that is. I just REALLY don't agree with rugging or stabling babies. They need to be horses. (and no, I'm not against rugging, my adult horse is rugged, I just don't like to rug foals, and CANNOT AFFORD to replace rugs every 3 weeks!)
As for washing, if she's dirty enough to need it, it will happen on the day or she'll just get filthy again (as I will not rug her as I CANNOT AFFORD IT). If she's just a little bit dirty, a full grooming session will do. I'm not going to separate her from Monty and just FYI, I can't stable Monty because he is severely claustrophobic. He'll stress and drop weight. Trailering him is enough of a challenge, and that'll only be 10 minutes tops. Living in a stable with limited turn-out will be a huge problem for him and I'm just not willing to put him through that.
It is not a big show, it's just a little local thing (the town's agricultural show, actually), and WE ARE NOT GOING FOR RIBBONS. She's been to a show before and did very well so I know she's quality enough for ribbons, but that's not the point of going.
However, it will be MAD there, horses everywhere and show rides, people, photographers... all things I want her to be exposed to, and she will be expected to be polite and attentive (yeah she's a baby, but that doesn't mean we can change the rules). And yeah, if I'm not in a class, I get a bit lax with that, so we will be in a class.
I won't thin her mane (I love thick manes), so her mane will be done in a running braid, not something I can do in several sessions. Therefore, if she won't stand, I won't bother. It's not something I feel it's worth fighting with a foal over. Maybe I'll start practicing now. Maybe not.
I know tons of local people who don't bother with all of that for BIG shows (they wash, brush, rug and braid, but no special products) and yet they do great. I guess I'd rather come second with the horse that I know isn't "enhanced" with chemicals, than win with the horse that I know actually has a really dull and horrible coat, but looks nice because I've just about drowned it with shine product.
I guess we'll have to agree to disagree on the rugging, stabling, and product. I'll get some clear show makeup for her, but I'd prefer to use something designed for horses over baby oil or vaseline. Baby oil attracts the sun and vaseline attracts dust (something that is inevitable when your showring is surrounded by a trotting track). Dust is not a good look, I'm sure you'll agree, and I don't want Satin's PINK nose getting sun burned. So yes, I'll spend the money and get something specifically for horses.
She will be clean enough, but it could well be a big struggle, because apparently water is scary. She MAY still be shedding, nothing I can do about the amount of time it takes for her to totally shed out. I know about etiquette, guys, I'm not totally new to showing. I just haven't shown a yearling before, and I haven't had to prep a horse that wasn't rugged.