Have you got a big horse show coming up? Will you be riding more than one day? Having to travel far? Having to spend a couple of nights there? The possibility is you’ll need to book a stable for your horse & set up camp in your horse box or tent for yourself! If you’ve never had to stay over at a show before or just fancy some extra tips, my survival guide will have you packing like a pro! I’ll cover what you need for your horse, stable and riding, anything else you may need (like food) is all down to you!
First thing you need to figure out is how long you’re staying there. If you suspect an early test time on the first day or have a horse that needs time to settle down in a new place, then it might be worthwhile arriving a day early. This gives you plenty of time to get yourself and your horse settled in and comfortable. Normally the show grounds are open for set hours the day before the festivities start. Make sure you look this up, check where the drop off point is and then where you can park.
Hopefully with these tips you’ll not only survive but thrive!
Here’s a checklist to help out:
Dearbhle is currently studying Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering at Trinity College Dublin. She campaigns her two horses Tilly and Dave. Tilly is a 12-year-old chestnut mare, who after a turbulent eventing career is now successfully competing in pure dressage. Dave is a baby 4-year-old who is only starting his competition career. The hope for Dave is that he makes it as a successful eventer. He’ll be brought on with the ambition of competing at international one-star level by the time he’s 7!