I get really bad horse show nerves because I have anxiety. I've found that using checklists to make sure you have everything, arriving early, and just looking at it as a fun time helps out a lot.
Also, in the ring just focus on yourself. The audience is too busy gossiping and complaining about the cold weather and the bad coffee to be watching you for microscopic little mistakes, and your competitors are just as nervous as you are! And chances are, if you do mess up, the judge didn't even see it. (or at least that's what I like to tell myself) Posted via Mobile Device