Only 4 days until the horse show! I'm dreaming about it at night and planning ahead during the day. I'm very excited - the happy kind, and the anxious kind, trading off.
It's been almost 2 years since I've competed in a full horse trials, and I believe that planning and organization can make shows go much smoother. So I've been spending some quality time with my show binder.
- Dressage test & arena layout.
- Omnibus listing (aka show premium).
- Copy of my entry form, stabling form, etc.
- Hotel info.
- Printed directions & map of general area.
- Packing checklists (yes, plural).
- Food planning list.
- Judging terminology
- Horse and rider turnout photos and tips.
- Blank paper & pens.
- Emergency contact info & stall label.
Here's my packing checklist as of yesterday:
Lots of scribbles and notes as I check things off and pack tubs. Organized chaos.
The most important use of the show binder is to sit down each evening and create my day plan where I map out times and duration of everything from waking up in the morning to feeding, grooming, spectating, and finally mounting up. Shows are exciting but there's so many distractions - old friends and new ones, great riders on amazing horses, shopping, food - having a day plan keeps me on track.