Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: USDF Region 1, USEA Area 2, USEF Zone 3 - Maryland
Plan ahead of time! Especially if you're doing recognized/rated shows, they tend to fill up fast. So check the websites and send your entry in on the opening date.
Make sure you know the rules of the association - nothing is worse than having a technical elimination.
If you're a good braider, braid your horse yourself, which will save you tons of money.
If you're close enough to the show grounds, trailer in everyday instead of paying for a stall if it's a multi-day show, that will save you lots of money too.
Prep alot! And compete a level lower than you school.
-Melanie Mom to 3 bays: Beau, Daisy & Cavalina