I generally show at open shows no more then two hours away.
Other then riding ahead of time, getting my horse fit, and keeping the coat in nice condition this is what I do the night before the show:
-Get the horse clipped
-nice easy ride
-turnout the horse for a bit so she can roll and relax a bit
-clean her stall
-get the trailer packed (I have a checklist of everything I need to have- even though most of it stays int he trailer
-get the hay bags in the trailer
-make sure there is plenty of bedding in the trailer
-wash the horse
-band her mane
-but her to bed
The morning of the show
- I like to get to the show around 2 hours ahead of time
- let her sit for a little while tied to the trailer
- I will register
- then get her cleaned up- I like to start with the feet/legs and work my way up. Paint her feet, brush the body, put in the fake tail (if im using it that day), fix anything in the mane if I need to, put on her show halter, then her face make-up, and a good misting of peppy body spray along with fly spray.
-Then I get dressed and my hair put up
- final look over on the horse
- go to the ring to show!!!
When I get home from the show I will unload and rinse her off to get all of the sprays and whatnot off of her- and then I will clean out the mess in the trailer and unload the stuff I need to unload.
It's not the will to win, but the will to prepare to win that makes the difference.
- Paul "Bear" Bryant (Former college football coach)