Equestrian

Let’s Talk Horse Show Organization

I’ve always been asked how I pack for horse shows and keep things organized while on the road. I don’t want to toot my own horn, but my stuff for showing is meticulously organized, so toot toot.  I’m going to share what I’ve been doing for years to help keep my sanity and my shit together while horse showing. Is this even possible? Honestly, no. But is it really a horse show if you or your horse isn’t about to go off the deep end?

I break my horse show packing into two categories. One being Hannah and the other being Scarlet. This post is all about my stuff, because essentially when I pack her stuff, I throw it all in a Rubbermaid container and call it a night. I know this process needs development, I’m working on it. I’m going to give you fair warning that I have used this method of organizing for the last 15 years. This means my stuff is well-loved so the pictures in this post are not going to be spectacular because nothing is brand new. What this does mean, is once you invest in a system like this you’ll be set for a really long time. But I digress, let’s get into my organization process.

Now, don’t let the tall boots and breeches fool you. I’m a Saddle Seat girl by nature. We like to be neat, clean, polished, and sparkling. Perfect makeup, perfect buns, perfect back numbers, just everything is perfect. This requires a lot of small accessories that need to be kept organized. I keep all my items for hair, makeup, and accessories together in a collapsible bin from the container store. You can get one here. Within that bin, you will find about 5 other containers each serving their own purpose.

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Hair

Yes, that is a plastic bag of fake hair. I told you we like perfect buns. But besides the fake hair I have:

  • Hair bows- Organized by color in a clear storage container from The Container Store
  • Bobby pins, hair ties, and hair nets- Organized by item in smaller clear storage container from The Container Store
  • Extra hair ties, bobby pins, and hair nets- In a plastic baggie
  • Aveda Air Control Hairspray- From Aveda
Makeup

I pack my everyday makeup when I go to horse shows, so it does not live in my red collapsible bin like the rest of my horse show stuff. I’ll admit my makeup is a little confused. I went completely green a few years ago and started using only organic products, but my best friend introduced me to a wonderful makeup line, Younique. What you will find in my makeup bag is a mix between completely organic makeup and high quality mineral based makeup. I differentiate them only because Younique is not organic. It doesn’t have the icky’s in it though so you’ll find it in my makeup bag. I also just want to say I by no means wear all the things below at once but they are a few of my favorite things!

I keep everything in this awesome Yumi Kim Makeup Bag- From my FabFitFun box. You can get $10 off your box by clicking here and using the code TENOFF.

  • Coola Face Primer-From Sephora
  • Younique Touch Mineral Liquid Foundation- From Ashley
  • Kosas Tinted Face Oil- From Credo
  • Clove and Hallow Pressed Powder- From Clove and Hallow
  • Clove and Hallow Concealer- From Clove and Hallow
  • RMS Beauty Uncoverup- From Credo
  • RMS Beauty Buriti Bronzer- From Credo
  • HAN Bronzer- From Credo
  • HAN Pressed Blush- From Credo
  • Tarteist Pro Glow- Also from FabFitFun box
  • Maya Chia Highlight of the Day- From Credo
  • Younique Eye Primer- From Ashley
  • Younique Moodstruck Pressed Shadows- From Ashley
  • Younique Moodstruck Precision Liquid Eyeliner- From Ashley
  • Younique Moodstruck Precision Pencil Eyeliner- From Ashley
  • Younique Epic Mascara (you need this more than you’ve ever needed anything)- From Ashley
  • Younique Moodstruck Brow Obsession Palette- From Ashley
  • Younique Splash Liquid Lipsticks- From Ashley
  • Clove and Hallow Lip Creme From Clove and Hallow
  • Some random lip liners-most likely from Walgreens

If you want to try any of the Younique products go visit my girl Ashley here. She can color match you and recommend products that would be best for horse showing. She’s a horsey girl herself!

Accessories

This little guy holds:

  • Collars for hunt shirts
  • Tie Bars
  • Cuff Links
  • Lapel Pins

I couldn’t find this exact pouch. I know I got it from The Container Store forever ago, but any sort of zipper pouch will work for this purpose.

Miscellaneous
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  • Zocks- I have a zipper bag dedicated to my zocks. I mean who doesn’t?
  • Hanging Travel Cosmetic Bag- This holds random things like, extra spurs, shoe polish, lint roller, band aids, Tylenol, a melted deodorant (lol), and needle and thread.

*Again both of these are from The Container Store ages ago and I can’t find the links but you can use pretty much anything*

  • Back number magnets- I store these right on the back numbers. It has been the most beneficial method because they are a pain to separate if they get stuck together.
  • Belt
  • Clear rain poncho- Highly recommend one of these! Unfortunately I’ve used it more than I would have liked to.

I got mine from a local tack shop but through a google search I found the same one on an online cheer leading supply store. You can get it here.

Garment Bag

I didn’t take a picture of my garment bag because it’s just that, a garment bag. I pack my shirts, hunt coats, and breeches in it. Real simple.

Tote Bag

I have a large tote that I carry my tall boots, helmet, gloves and crop. Again, real simple so no picture. Any large tote will do.

Other Tips

Start packing early. While my process is streamlined because everything stays in my red bin I start packing early. I start pulling my shirts and breeches out 3-4 day before I leave for the show to make sure everything is pressed and in good shape. I hang the clothes that I will need on the top molding of the door to my craft room and they live there until it’s show time. I’m sure this drives Ryan crazy, but it eases my mind knowing it’s all there and I don’t need to worry about it.

Polish your boots the night before. This is something that my Dad used to always do for me (thanks Dad!). I do it now and I suck at it, but it is an important ritual in my book!

Clean up that helmet. You’ve probably seen my helmet in my social media posts. It’s dusty, like all the time. So again, the night before take time to clean up anything that needs a little love.

Make a packing list. Check it twice. The merchandise trailers are fun at horse shows but if you can avoid having to buy things that you already have at home, you should.

When you get home from a show put everything back where it goes. I am constantly throwing my stuff where ever I can after I ride because I can hear my mare pawing her way to china three stalls over. Simply putting things back in their containers when you get home makes the next show so much easier. And you will never panic because everything is right where it belongs.

After a show make a pile of dry cleaning and try to take it within the week to get cleaned.  Also remember to pick it up. I seem to always go to the cleaners in fear that they have donated my hunt coats to charity because I can never remember to stop and pick them up. It’s awful.

So that’s it. That’s the method to my madness. I have containers in containers that I pack to keep me organized. I guess next I have to get Scarlet’s stuff meticulously organized. Oye.

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