Dressage Show Packing List by Equiflexsleeve
Equiflexsleeves are used by a variety of riders in nearly every equestrian discipline, so we’ve decided to embark on a series of discipline-specific horse show packing lists. If you’re hauling a horse to another premises, there are some things you should have with you at all times – an equine first aid kit is the first thing that comes to mind. Other items are very discipline specific – it wouldn’t serve you well to bring a stock tie and stock pin to a reining competition!
The first list in our series is our Dressage Show Packing List. Dressage shows tend to be fairly simple to prepare for – unlike Hunter shows, you have a set ride time announced a few days before your show, and unlike Eventing, you only need to bring one set of tack. However, the intricacies of Dressage demand a different sort of preparation than other disciplines, and there are some rules that need to be understood before packing up your trailer to head off to a USDF sanctioned competition.
Bits and Whips are two things that are checked on every competitor leaving the sandbox. Your bit needs to be a snaffle bit if you’re riding in a single-bitted bridle, and many bits are illegal, so be sure to check out USDF and USEF’s Dressage Handbook. Whips need to be less than 47.5 inches long, including their lash. We highly recommend reading 50 Way to get Eliminated from USDF to make sure you’re familiar with all of the rules.
Remember, save space in your show trunk and save time on show grounds with a pair of Equiflexsleeves, designed to take the hassle out of traditional standing wraps! Enjoy our printable, downloadable checklist below, and have a good ride!