I haven't read through all the comments so if I just state something that someone else has then :p forgive me lol
What to do? - Mingle! You will be surrounded by people who have a passion for horses and equine sports! Find the group that suits you best and make friends.
Also, if at all possible, watch all the classes and find out which one you like best and wouldn't mind trying out then STUDY, STUDY, STUDY the people who are already in the class. Make notes of who places and what they did and how they did it. Finally, just have fun! My first horse show experience was, at the time, insane. There was so much to watch! and I didn't even have a horse there LOL just try and absorb as much as you can.
What NOT to do? - Don't bring a dog unless its on a leash and you are willing to watch it the whole time. So many people bring dogs to local shows and just tie 'em out and some don't like horses :/ also, don't park your horse trailer too close to someone else's because you and their horse may have a "kicking contest" ;) during the Timed events like pole bending and barrel racing, try not to stand too close to the arena just in case a horse doesn't turn or get stopped and plows through the fence or slings dirt/mud in your face from taking off. Don't leave cameras or expensive tack laying out in the open. Someone may have sticky fingers and swipe your stuff.
Try not to park somewhere there isn't shade for your horse. You don't want them to sunburn!
Things to bring -
A stadium chair
Cooler with drinks, especially water
A bucket for your horse to drink out of. Some shows will have a tub that you can let your horse drink from but you really don't want them using a shared tub because other horses may be sick and could pass something along to your horse.
A large jug of water for your horse, just in case the show grounds don't have an outdoor faucet.
A HAT! The sun can be brutal lol
Some type of pain reliever just in case you get a headache or a minor injury (I suffer from migraines so I always keep some Excedrin in the truck)
Your brushes and a hoof pick
Your camera so you can take lots of pics to have as memories :)
An extra halter and lead just incase something happens and you need spares
If I remember anything else I'll post it LOL
Four things greater than all things are:
Women and horses
And power and war. - Rudyard Kipling
Last edited by TheMadHatter; 01-02-2012 at 12:57 AM.
Reason: I remembered something else :p