How to prepare for your showjumping show – the best tips!

Going to shows is a lot of fun and many riders choose to attend just to change their routine up a bit. Others take it seriously and others attend for fun. Whatever the case may be, you should still prepare for your showjumping show in the best possible way.

In this article, we will look at the best ways to prepare yourself for your showjumping shows.

Prep yourself with these tips

Riders like to prepare themselves for shows in different ways, and what may work for you may not work for someone else. But if you have never attended a horse show before, these tips will definitely come in handy.

Pack everything the day before

The day of the show will be full of hassle and things to do – you will not want to have to handle packing as well. So, make sure that all your horse’s stuff is packed and cleaned the day before. And don’t forget to pack your own stuff!

Make sure that you have packed your horse’s:

  • Saddle
  • Bridle
  • Safety stirrups
  • Saddle pad(s)
  • Boots
  • Crop and spurs
  • Brushes
  • Show sheen
  • Possibly blankets

Also, don’t forget to pack your own stuff, such as:

  • White breeches
  • Gloves
  • Show jacket and shirt
  • Helmet
  • Boots
  • Change of clothes

Make a schedule

You should make a schedule in advance, so you know what time you have to be at the barn preparing, what time you have to be at the show, when to start warming up and so on. Granted, things change during the show day and they don’t always do as planned – but it’s always better to have a plan than not have one at all.

Remember to eat and drink

Sometimes, riders get very nervous on the day of the show. Still, it isn’t an excuse not to eat or drink. Make sure your tummy is full (but not too full) and that you are properly hydrated.

Take some snacks with you as well, so you can have a little snack before or after your course.

Groom your horse already at home

Some riders prefer to groom their horses at shows, but generally, horses are excited and maybe even nervous when they get to a new environment. It is always better to groom your horse as well as possible already at the barn, and only do a bit of touch up at the show.

Have all your papers ready

Before you leave for a show, make sure you have all your horse’s papers. Depending on the area and country you show in, you have to have at least your horse’s passport or registration papers, vaccination records and possibly coggins test.

Double check these at home – nothing is more frustrating than going to a show and noticing that you forgot important paperwork!


Horse shows are so much fun – watching them and attending them. Preparing for your 1-2 minutes of showing, you need a good bit of time and even more practice. The more you practice, the better you will be at shows and at getting ready for them.

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