Show Products…an essential guide

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Whatever discipline you compete in, a good supply of show products are essentials.  Here are our top recommendations and tips to ensure your horse is groomed to perfection this summer.

 

Whitening powder and stain remover sprays – These are fantastic show products for covering stains, blemishes and scars.  They are also fabulous on those dreaded yellow stains your horse manages to ingrain in their coat before a show.  There are a wide range of show products for whitening including chalk blocks and powder.

Shampoo – An essential for all horses in summer, but with many on the market it can be a headache to choose which. Our best sellers include the ‘Wahl Showman’ range with a fantastic selection at great prices.  Wahl Dirty Beasty  is made from only natural ingredients but still powers through thick, matted coats (and smells lovely) and the Wahl Diamond White Shampoo which cleanses and enhances for a brighter white dazzling coat.

Coat conditioners/ detanglers – Fantastic for minimising time and effort when grooming, as well as minimising hair loss with constant brushing. Carr & Day Martin’s Canter Mane and Tail Conditioner is a popular favourite all year round and a reasonable priced option.  Supreme Products, Groom Away and Barrier ranges all have fantastic show products.  While Carr & Day & Martin’s Dreamcoat is great for the extra special show ring occasions, this show product gives a fantastic coat shine without a greasy finish.

Grooming –Soft brushes such as those made from goat hair are great for finishing, giving your horses’ coat that last minute gleam.  Slicker brushes are useful for quarter markings and closely bristled body brushes for applying sharks teeth to make your horse stand out. Sponges and stable rubbers are also an essential part of your kit.

Hoof Care – There are a range of oils, dressings, varnishes and glosses designed to assist growth, care for brittle, dry or damaged hooves as well as products to enhance the hooves allowing them to sparkle in the ring in both clear and dark options.  We find the Carr & Day & Martin Cornucrescine Tea-tree hoof oil, whist providing anti bacterial properties for hooves, also gives an amazing show ring shine.

Mane and Tail – Mane and tails can always be pulled by hand , for pink lovers there is the lincoln pulling comb  but now with a wide range of thinners and pulling combs available,  these tasks are now both easier for you and more humane for your horse.  Brands such as the ”Solo’ and ‘Smart’ range, have a good choice of products for these jobs.

Plaiting bands and thread are of course another necessity for smart turnout. Both come in an array of colours and those made from silicone are increasingly popular due to their extra strength.

Tail bandages, covers, body wraps, summer sheets, hoods and leg bandages are all also beneficial for keeping your horse clean prior to events to reduce your grooming time, allowing more time for riding!

Show baskets are normally made from wicker and can be used to keep all your essentials together for last minute preparation.

Preparation is key to good turnout and regular grooming will keep your horse’s coat in tip top condition, making it quicker and easier to prepare for a show.

Are You Ready for the Show Season?

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Our simple guide for the show season.  Part I – What to wear.

With the show season upon us its time to start dusting off our kit and planning for the season ahead. With many different classes it can be rather confusing deciding what you should wear.  Our simple guide outlines the basics for each category, to ensure you’re the top contenders in your class!  Further information can be found at www.bsps.com and www.britishshowhorse.org/

Show pony & Intermediate Show Riding Type

Lead Rein & First Ridden:

  • Navy show Jacket – with buttonhole
  • Canary jodhpurs
  • Brown jodhpur boots (Black acceptable)
  • Brown Leather gloves
  • Shirt and tie
  • Rider hair bows

Intermediate:

Dress code is as above.  When progressing into Intermediate classes top boots are worn and are preferable to gaiters or half chaps. Intermediate riders should have their hair in a bun.  Scrunchies may be worn but again discreet ! “Bling” is not encouraged!

Show Hunter Pony & Mountain & Moorland:

Lead rein & First ridden 

  • Tweed show jacket – Discreet or no velvet collar (collars permitted – navy with blue/green tweed or brown with brown tweed)
  • Beige or canary jodhpurs
  • Brown jodhpur boots
  • Hair ribbons should be ‘quiet’ in colour

M&M Specific:

  • Long riding boots (adults)
  • Short Brown jodhpur boots & jod clips (for under 16 riders or adults on small breeds)
  • Velvet hat or velvet hat cover
  • Hairnet
  • Shirt (white, coloured or striped)
  • Tie (discreet to match jacket)
  • Brown or Black plain gloves
  • Brown or black show cane

Ridden Cob Classes:

  • Tweed show jacket
  • Shirt & tie (with pin)
  • Beige Jodhpurs
  • Brown/fawn/neutral leather gloves
  • Long black riding boots
  • Spurs (can be dummy spurs)
  • Beagler or velvet cap
  • Show cane

Working Hunter Classes:

  • Tweed showing jacket
  • Canary/beige jodhpurs
  • Juniors- Brown jodhpur boots
  • Int/Seniors – long black leather boots with garter straps
  • Stock or tie in a toning colour
  • Tan or brown gloves
  • Hairnet – scrunchies and ribbons permitted

Hack Classes:

  • Navy show jacket ( Tweed for men)
  • Shirt, tie & pin
  • Beige/cream/canary jodhpurs
  • Long black riding boots with garter straps
  • Spurs (dummy spurs allowed)
  • Brown or beige gloves
  • Navy velvet hat or beagler
  • Brown cane

What your horse needs: 

For tips and advice on how to prepare your horse for the showing season check out our second part to this blog post: Showing Guide – Horse Preparation (Part II)