Originally Posted by Tayz
So a very dear friend of mine has offered to float Smarty to the big show in about 2 weeks time to do the sporting. Im very excited beause I've never had this chance ans I remember last year you were allowed to go whatever pace you wanted to which works well for me. I have no idea what you actually wear for sporting and no idea if theres anything in particular that I should be getting smarty like boots or something. Her tack that she will be riding in is brodlereins, all purpose saddle, saddle pad and her breastplate. Im so excited. Going to start practising the games with her but how often should I ride her before she goes? She loves going places so I know she's going to be really excited when she sees a float pull up (shes been showed in past owner and will self load into float she is so eager) im so excited but I have no idea what I need! We are going to pay of the stables for rent tomorrow :) any tips guys??
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If its anything like the sports days here in nz, just dress tidily. A clean pair of jods, clean boots(long or short), clean helmet that fits current safety standards, clean long sleeved shirt(usually white with collar), a tie and a clean show jacket or vest if you have one.. Just be tidy, its a sports day not a rated show. Honestly, I usually turn up in my short sleeved ratcatcher with my blue vest that matches my saddle blanket and I get placed in everything.
If Smarty normally wears boots, then she can wear them, but don't put any more gear on her than you normally would, there's no point. Just be sure that all her gear is clean and safe.
Ride her as you normally would, even the day before the show. She may need the day after off if it's been a hard day, or a nice stretching ride, or she may be just fine and you may be able to keep riding as normal, you can be the judge of that the day after the show.
Take an extra lead rope, extra set of reins, extra halter, just in case something goes wrong and something breaks, normally it wont happen, but your better to be prepared. Take a bucket for her so you can get her some water after she is finished. Oh, and a lunge rope just in case she is too excitable to get on to start with.
And also, any time you don't need to be on her(milling around between classes etc) get off, or let her rest. She is not your walking grandstand to watch your friends and you don't want to tire her out more than necessary(that is a habit of mine, but only because my horse is 16.1hh, and very excitable at shows, so he has to keep moving.
Most importantly, take a camera, and a smile, and have fun. Every show is a good show if your having fun, even if you come home unplaced