If you are going to your first event, it’s not easy to figure out what to bring and what you can leave behind. Eventing is like three horse shows in one – different saddles, different bits. And if it’s held over more than one day, you might need a rain sheet one day and a fly sheet for another. Just so you don’t think you’re alone in this conundrum, here is my experience with packing for my first event.
Ode to Eventing Show Packing
Bell boots are on, hay nets to fill
Bandages and air vest – in case there’s a spill.
Studs and stud wrench this time aren’t forgotten
Take ice packs, vet wrap and plenty of sheet cotton.
Grab bridles and bits – oops, remember liniment gel!
I need a saddle for jumping and for dressage as well.
Shampoo, mane comb and scissors (don’t run)
Fly spray with high SPF for riding in the sun.
A clean anti-sweat sheet with tack cleaner nearby
And for things that need fixing, duct tape on standby.
Plenty of hoof picks with lead ropes to spare.
Did I forget anything? Oh yes, load my mare…
The best thing about Eventing people? They are always willing to lend you whatever you forgot to bring.