Everyone has their own routine they do before competition. Things they do to get rid of show nerves or what they eat or drink to give them energy. Now that I have been showing for a couple years, I have made my own routine. Here is how it goes...
If I have a class in the morning, let's say 8:15 a.m., I tend to wake up at 6:15 a.m. so I have time to fix my hair as best as I can , brush my teeth, change into show clothes and double check that I have everything in the car.
It takes me about an hour to get to the show, which is mostly at Del Mar Horse Park, for now. But I always like to stop about half way at my favorite Starbucks where I get a venti iced coffee, with cream but no sweetener and a protein bar. Rain or shine, I always order an iced coffee.
Once I get to the horse show, I check up with my trainer on what classes I will be doing for the day. I head to the ring to see what class is running and make sure I have plenty of time to get ready and warm up. I never like to rush or feel hurried otherwise my nerves build up.
I take a picture of my first course so I can engrave it in my mind.
(I used to have a bad habit of forgetting my courses half way through)
Once the class starts, I get on and warm up on the flat. If it is a jumping class, I do plenty of walking and a little trotting. My trainer will then come in and jump me around.
If it is a flat class, I get my horse nice and fluid and focus on my equitation. I walk to the ring and go over the course one last time before I get sent out.
Whenever I am not showing, I am helping my fellow barn mates memorize their course or watching them ride. I love supporting me team.
My diet at shows is kind of none existent. That doesn't mean I don't eat, but I try to keep a lighter diet. Besides coffee and a protein bar, I will probably get a smoothie and a small salad for lunch. But most of the the time I just snack on whatever.
So that is pretty much what I do at competitions. Not super exciting, but I thought it would be nice to share. See you next time!