Ok so thinking of doing a few coloured classes and riding horse classes this summer. My horse is a four year old piebald gelding, and I'd aim to do the RDS with him next year, but want to see how he gets on in a few showing classes this year. I'd really like to give this my best shot so dont mind splashing out to a certain extent to see how he does!!
Did the Kill show of the south last year with my mare and got some great tips from people on boards about what to do next time, just wondering if anyone had anymore general show tips (ive heard all sorts of things, tips for disguising scars, vaseline around noses/eyes etc, anything is helpful!) and also if there are any specifics for coloured classes?
I have the usual rider stuff - Green tweed jacket, tie, velvet hat, beige jods etc; anything else i'd need? I'd like to buy a double bridle but if not I can get my hands on one or else ride in a pelham/hunter noseband combination, would that be acceptable or am I better trying to get the double?
What about grooms? Last summer was my one and only attempt at showing and i was totally caught off guard by the need for a groom - what should they wear/bring in with them?
Finally - saddle - as far as splashing out goes this won't be included I have a Stubben jumping saddle which i used last year, but I also recently bought a synthetic straight cut/dressage type saddle- would i be better using that for showing classes?
Any advice would be so appreciated guys, I've found the boards people to be invaluable when it comes to advice in the past so thanks in advance for any tips you might have!!