Once You Arrive At The Show You'll Need...

If you’re thinking 2010 might be the year to go to a recognized USDF/USEF dressage show, then here’s what you need to have.
I’ve made a list for you of what you’ll need for documentation
once you arrive at the competition grounds.

Just filling out the entries before the show can feel like you’re
Submitting government documents with the paper trail being long and laborious.

Before mailing in your show entries be absolutely sure you make a copy of your paperwork including,coggins, official class entries, USDF/USEF membership cards for you, your horse, the owner of the horse (maybe you’ve leased the horse), and breed registration papers.

The show may have breed sponsors offering prizes for your breed, or for the year end all breeds awards, which means you need to prove your horse is registered with that particular breed.

1.) check in with the show office to obtain packet with stall info, ride times, numbers, and prize list or program.

2.) Be sure to take check book, horse papers, and association member numbers with you to the show office.

I have a 3 ring binder that I keep all my original coggins in sleeve protectors that can be easily removed and a copy made if the show secretary didn’t receive all the information she needed.

Plus you are required by law to show original coggins upon arrival.

You don’t always get asked to see it but if you do, you better be able to produce it or you and your horse can be asked to leave the show grounds and go get it.

Not good if you are hours from home.

Also required is your membership cards in their original form.
You will need USDF card for both you and your horse.
USEF cards for both you and your horse.
And both USDF/USEF cards for the horse owner if you are not the legal owner.

Keep a copy (front and back or your horse’s registration papers in your binder also.
I also carry with me a copy of the class entry sheet, and stabling instruction that I sent in.

I show stallions more often then not and they have special needs for obvious reasons. If there is any confusion I want to make sure I have a copy of my requests that were sent in prior to arrival.

At the beginning of each show season I:

a.)organize my show binder for each horse
.b.)Separate each horse’s information with a tab label.
c.)Make several copies of each document so I’m not scrambling to get copies at the last minute
.And I’m ready.

Once you’ve checked in with the show office and you are all set with the paper work you can;
Locate stall and unload
Prepare stall card to include emergency numbers for you and yourVet
Set up stall area
Park trailer
Locate warm up and competition areas
Find the concession
Locate the tack vendors (you deserve a little shopping right?)

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Comment by Barbara F. on December 30, 2009 at 2:40pm
This is a great list, Colette. I especially like the last item! :)

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