Gearing Up for Show Season: Three Steps for Success

Feb 20, 2024

Gear Up for Show Season: Three Steps for Success

Young Female Equestrian Horse Show Hunter Equitation Class Competitor
Greetings, fellow riders! As we gear up for another exciting show season, there are a few easy ways to set yourself up for success. Whether you're a seasoned competitor or find yourself preparing for your first show, these three steps will enhance your performance and make a positive impact on your equestrian journey, both in and out of the saddle.

Step 1: Perfect Fit, Perfect Ride

Before sending in those entries, take a moment to evaluate the fit of your current show attire. Properly fitting clothing not only enhances your appearance but also ensures comfort and mobility during competition. Showing is an investment in time, training, and money, so be sure you're putting your best hoof forward! Well-fitted show clothing ensures the judge is able to focus on you and your horse's performance. Your confidence in the saddle starts with feeling good and looking your best.
Unsure about the fit of your or your young rider's show ensemble? Stop by any Maryland Saddlery location and our expert staff would be happy to help! Whether you already have the staples and just need the finishing touches, or you need to start from scratch, we are your one-stop shop. Can't make it into one of the stores? Check out our Fitting Guides.

Step 2: Cleaning, Consigning, and Refreshing Your Riding Gear 

As you prepare for the season ahead, it's the perfect time to declutter and organize your equestrian gear. Consider consigning any riding apparel, tack, or equipment that you no longer use or need. Our consignment services at Maryland Saddlery provide a convenient and eco-friendly way to sell your gently used items while giving them a new lease on life with another rider. The sooner you bring in your items, the higher chance they will sell before show season so you have credit to spend! Scrub, wash, launder, and polish your shirts, show coats, tall boots, paddock boots, breeches, belts, gloves, show bows, crops, stock ties, garter straps, fitted show pads, half pads, fancy stitched girths, show bridles, reins, and more to sell for store credit (or ask us about a buyout!). The better condition your items are in, the more $$$ you earn!
Looking for tips on caring for your tack and leather strap goods? A new bridle or pair of boots can be an expensive investment. Fortunately there are easy ways to protect your purchase and take your dollar further with our Tack Care Tips.

Step 3: Sustainable Savings on Fresh Finds 

Turning your pre-loved riding gear into store credit is not only environmentally friendly, it's also economically savvy. Visit your local Maryland Saddlery to cash in your equestrian consignment earnings and explore our selection of new and gently used items. Our inventory changes every day and we carry everything from staple items to finishing touches. Whatever you need, you're sure to find quality items that fit well, feel comfortable, and come at a great price. Our knowledgeable staff is here to assist you in finding the perfect pieces to enhance your riding experience and make this show season your best one yet.

At Maryland Saddlery, we offer an extensive selection offers top-quality products at competitive prices to support riders of all levels. From providing expert advice to offering top-notch products and services, we're here to help you achieve your goals in and out of the show ring. By shopping secondhand, you're contributing to the sustainability of our equestrian community. Consignment helps reduce waste and make our sport more accessible. Let's make this show season one for the books!
Happy riding!
Successful happy female equestrian dressage competitor