Show ring survival tips from Kelly Lainsbury

Words by Daisy, The RB Equestrian Blog Dog on 09/09/2016 15:31:11

Equetech Stowe Deluxe tweed jacket from RB EquestrianOn Sunday, 11 September 2016 at Herts County Showground the RB Equestrian Chiltern Thames Rider Summer Championships will take place.

Kelly Lainsbury is the Heath Farm Yard Manager – a centre dedicated to classical dressage teaching and training. Working closely with Emile Faurie, our sponsored rider, and one of the UK’s finest international dressage riders and trainers – Kelly has learned from the best in terms of what’s necessary to compete in the show ring.

In readiness for the Championships weekend, Kelly has shared with us, her top tips for surviving a show day:

1) Plan ahead and allow plenty of time.

2) Know exactly what arena you're competing in and where the warm up is.

3 ) If you’re lucky enough to have a helper, ensure good communication, make sure they know exactly what you want them to do and when .

4) Pack a bag for the warm up with essential items such as a towel (useful for pretty much everything ) a sweat scraper, a drink for the rider and some fly spray. Kelly’s favourite is Deet by NAF.

5 ) Always wear a watch so you know exactly what the time is.

6 ) Listen to the stewards and warm up arena officials . Always check in with them as you enter the warm up arena and Kelly likes to find out if her class is running to time as soon as she enters the warm up.

7 ) Ensure your horse, between classes, can stand and rest in the shade and has a good supply of water.


These simple tips – handy for all riders of whatever experience – are designed to try and help you and your horse do the best on the day.


For all those competing at our Championships we wish you the best of luck and hope you have a great day out!

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