Ownership Checklist


So here’s a show checklist Mama found somewhere along the way.  I hope you find it useful on your Show Day.  Check out the other list she came up with for your camping and trail riding adventures.  If you have a check list idea that you have come up with, I am always looking to help people out, so send it my way and I’ll post it here.

Downloadable Version of Horse Show Checklist

Show Checklist

Show days can be stressful!  So use this checklist to help make the day less stressful whether it is at a local show or a major show for your breed association.  This is a list of things you may need.  We developed the to help you remember everything you need for a successful day. Make the list fit your needs by inputting it into your computer and then modifying it to fit your personalize needs.  Update it after each show whenever you find something new you need or something on the list you no longer need.


     Original or photocopy of registration papers, as required (Tip: Keep these and all papers/certificates in a binder with your name and your horse's name on it.)
     Coggins certificate, if needed
     Health certificate, if needed
     Association membership and amateur/youth cards
     Show bill
     Rule book
     Paper and pens/pencils
     Horse insurance card
     Map/Directions to the show facility; phone number to call in case you get lost
     Cash/Checkbook/Credit cards

TACK/GEAR (Western/English or both)

     Saddle pads or blankets (schooling and show)
     Cinch or girth + spare
     Bridles/Hackamores or both
     Tie down and/or martingale
     Breast collar
     Show halter and lead
     Stud chain
     Draw reins, if you use them
     Extra pair of reins
     Extra stirrup leathers and stirrup-iron pads (English)
     Spare chin strap/chain
     Chain shank
     Protective boots/wraps
     Spare bridle screws and screwdriver
     Leather hole puncher
     Tack trunk
     Saddle cover(s)
     Bridle rack(s)
     Saddle rack(s)


     Feed bucket or tub
     Hay net
     Water buckets (two per stall)
     Bucket hooks and/or snaps
     Stall fans
     Extension cords
     Duct tape and bungee cords
     Molasses, cider vinegar, Jell-O, apple juice, or Kool-Aid (if needed to flavor water so your horse will drink)
     Electrolyte paste or powder (if it's hot consult your vet)
     Manure fork
     Muck bucket or wheelbarrow
     Bedding shavings or straw (if you're not required to buy it on-site)
     Horse blanket and hood, if needed
     Fly/scrim sheet
     Fly mask
     Cooler, if needed
     Shipping boots/wraps
     Halter and lead rope + spare
     Tail bag/wrap + spare
     Longe line and whip
     Treats for a good horse


     Saddle soap/leather cleaner
     Saddle oil
     Silver polish
     Small bucket
     Bit wipes
     Old toothbrush for cleaning saddle stitching and tooling


     Mane/Tail comb
     Hair brush
     Hoof pick
     Clippers – cordless or electric and extension cord
     Razor for touch ups
     Sweat scraper
     Spot remover/whitening shampoo
     Spray-on coat conditioner/polish
     Mane/Tail detangler
     Fly spray/insect repellent
     Hose, if needed
     Baby powder or corn starch (for brightening white markings)
     Baby oil or commercial highlighter (to dress eyes and muzzle)
     Hoof sealer or hoof polish (black or clear depending on your horse’s hoof color), if your association permits
     Electric and/or battery-operated clippers
     Plastic razor (for last-minute whisker clipping)
     Rubber bands for banding
     Yarn/ribbon for braiding
     Tail wrap
     Grooming tote
     Spray bottle with water


     Pants (jeans/Western show pants and/or appropriate color of breeches)
     Chaps (schooling or show)
     Shirt (Western shirt/slinky and/or English show/shirt)
     Neck scarf
     Tie, pin, or choker
     Coat or vest (hunt jacket, etc.)
     Boots (schooling and show)
     Boot pulls
     Boot jack
     Boot polish and rags
     Belt and buckle, if needed
     Bras/Sports bras, if needed
     Hat (Western, helmet, or hunt cap); make sure you check with your breed/sport association's rules regarding helmets
     Hair accessories
     Baseball cap/sunglasses for sun protection
     Safety pins
     Grooming apron/coveralls
     Schooling clothes
     Appropriate jewelry, if needed
     Rain jacket
     Rubber rain boots
     Hat brush
     Stain remover
     Sewing kit
     Extra clothes
     Shin/knee guards for games/gymkhana or other protective gear


     Hair comb/brush
     Hair spray/gel
     Hair nets (bring several and make sure they match your hair color)
     Bobby pins

FIRST AID (For you and your horse)

     Complete vet kit (Consult with your vet for suggested items)
     Equine first-aid book
     Your vet's phone number/phone number of vet near the show facility
     Iodine-based antiseptic solution (Betadine)
     Triple antibiotic ointment
     Nonstick gauze pads
     Self-conforming gauze rolls
     Stretch bandaging tape
     Elastic adhesive tape
     Cotton/Disposable diaper or sanitary pad to use under wraps as an emergency bandage
     Chemical ice pack
     Sunscreen (for you and your horses, if needed)
     Bute and Banamine (if needed and your show association permits)
     Eye flush
     Advil or Tylenol for you
     Human first-aid kit


     Emergency cash
     Jacks/Spare tire/tools for vehicle and trailer
     Jumper cables/spare fuses
     Flashlight/batteries/emergency flares
     Camera and/or video recorder
     Folding chairs
     Plastic bags
     Paper towels
     Wet Ones (or other antibacterial wipes)
     Umbrella/sun shade
     Trailer block
     Shade awning/rain canopy
     Insect repellent for you
     Ice chest
     Cold drinks/Bottled water/Gatorade
     Nutritious snacks: fruit, sandwiches, granola bars, energy bars, nuts
     Paper cups
     Reading material for downtime:  books, newspapers, crossword puzzles, horse-related reading material
     Box for putting ribbons in to protect them
     Cell phone

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