Clothing---You want to have a spare shirt, (or Slinky, Blouse and Vest), pants, underware, socks and if at all possible jacket for preparation for any unexpected mishaps. Keep these items pressed and in a garment bag or if using the large sized garbage bags, use packing tape to seal the bottom from dust and accidental drops on the ground!
Keep a small clothing "tack" kit in your show tote. Have needles and threads that match your clothing, extra buttons, extra shoe laces, boot polish, polish rags, makeup, hair nets (at least two or three), bobby pins, extra gloves, tie pins, small stud type earrings, clothing brush, hair brush, toothbrush & toothpaste, are all MUST items to have with you for any and all trophy shows!
Tack---you must have an extra, clean saddle pad. Keep this in a sealed garbage bag with your clothing items. Include spare reins, bit, easy boot (in the case of losing a shoe, you can ask the Judge if this is an acceptable replacement). Tack cleaners, conditioners, and a dust cloth. It doesn`t hurt to have an additional saddle if at all possible.
The next, perhaps are the most important accessories at Trophy Shows: A properly dressed, and educated Assistant who is at ringside with a well stocked lab coat full of anything that you might need in a pinch! A saddle stand (if the classes will require the tack to be removed for the examination of the horse`s conformation), and with that stand a dust cloth for the horse, and a dust cloth for the tack and the rider`s boots.
Next week: We will discuss recovery after mistakes during the class.
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