How Not to Prepare for a Horse Show

How Not to Prepare for a Horse Show

We are now 9 days out from my next show, and I am doing a stellar job preparing… NOT (You have to read that ‘not’ in a Borat voice or it loses all effect).  Let me share with you some of my plan, so you can duplicate before your next big shindig.

Stress eat because work is so… stressful.  Added bonus for trying on your show clothes and having the buttons on your show shirt laugh at your attempts to button them across your chest.  Panic, and order new show shirts and extra squishy sports bra.


Go on vacation for a week.  Do nothing remotely physical.  Drink too much.  Eat too much of your mother’s food.  Don’t even look at a horse.  It’s no big deal, the horse show isn’t until the middle of September!


Dodge lightning to driving to the barn, because you have to ride.  You have to ride.  Right… right?  It’s just a little rain… right?!?


Since you’re never going to be prepared with your actual riding – buy new show clothes.  Eh, the hunters are all about style anyway.  Maybe they will give us a ribbon for best turn out?  Maybe we can just go to the show and walk around looking handsome?

Keep your fingers crossed the ring is dry enough for me to ride today… I am going to need it!

15 thoughts on “How Not to Prepare for a Horse Show

  1. The Borat voice makes it! Maybe if you talk like Borat through your entire course the judge will reward your sense of humor, haha!!

    But in all seriousness, it’s all about how much fun you have and Simon is a good horse — you’ll both have fun no matter how “unprepared” you are (’cause you’re just like me, and even when I feel unprepared, that’s akin to many peoples “very prepared”)

  2. One time I got to a show and realized I hadn’t put my pants on since my last show… If I had tried to two point my butt legitimately would have popped out. Luckily I am a planner and I brought an extra pair! Apparently my show breeches had been shrunk. :/ I saw that as an opportunity to buy new things though! 🙂

  3. Wow! Lots of rain. I guess I shouldn’t be too surprised. There were always storms like that during late summer when I lived in Texas. Ugh. Good luck with the show.

  4. This is totally unrelated, but I am writing a post about Saddlebreds and was wondering if I can put one of your photos on my blog if I link it back to yours.

  5. I know the feeling. Last minute I realized I didn’t have a shirt for my schooling show and panicked. Good thing I just needed button down plaid shirt. Surprise! There was an Old Navy around the corner from the place I’ve been working at 6-7 months. Who knew?! You’re going to do great. Sometimes it’s good to relax and take a break. It’s like going to a movie the night before a big exam. 🙂

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