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I'm holding a local H/J Show....ideas??

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  • I'm holding a local H/J Show....ideas??

    I have a 40 acre farm (photos on my website) and am applying to host a locally sanctioned H/J Horse Show. I already have in mind where the ring or rings would be....and parking will be no problem....
    As a breeder, I'm hoping to suppliment the farm's income, so trying to maximize profits, yet make a great first impression.
    I'm open for suggestions.....It's looking like I may try a "Holiday" show Dec. 19th . There used to be one in our area, and I've been encouraged to take that date.
    Of course, I know about ordering ribbons, getting a judge, having a concession stand, course design, stewards...etc.
    However, thought I'd throw it out there in case you all have some neat ideas or thoughts about holding your first show.....and a holiday show at that?
    www.flyingcolorsfarm.comHome of pinto stallion Claim to Fame and his homozygous son, Counterclaim. Friend us on Facebook!https://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Fl...04678589573428

  • #2
    Have Santa judge the lead line


    • #3
      Decorate everything for the holidays. Maybe do little holiday goodie bags to give people as they check in.

      Hire a REALLY good secretary, actually the most important person at the show, almost everyone interacts with the show secretary. Don't try to manage the show and do the secretary role as well. Make sure you have a useful, competent jump crew, so that rails are picked up and replaced and course changes are done quickly.


      • #4
        toilets and garbage cans....even recycling bins if you can, safe schooling area
        these are things that have been lacking at local shows we attend
        "You can't really debate with someone who has a prescient invisible friend"


        • #5
          Fun! Maybe you could serve hot cocoa,cider,or tea. Or Holiday foods like cookies and such.If you are running the concessions and have control over the choices. You could get creative with the jump decor,tinsel,pine tree braches,holiday things! I am sure you will have a great show!


          • #6
            Lots of Candy Canes for the horses
            Auventera Two:Some women would eat their own offspring if they had some dipping sauce.
            Serious Leigh: it sounds like her drama llama should be an old schoolmaster by now.


            • #7
              If you think you'll need 10 garbage cans, put out 12.

              I also suggest putting out "poop" bags for people who bring their dogs. Start saving up your plastic grocery bags now and put them out at various places, labeled in large letters. It will really help people take the hint and remind them to clean up after their dogs.
              The rebel in the grey shirt


              • #8
                I love the santa idea for lead line! That would be really fun. Also, if you have access to them, a holiday-ish show that I go to every year has christmas trees under the jumps. We have a billion and one around where I live, so cutting down a couple for the show isn't a big deal

                -You could also give away candy canes with the ribbons. It would be cool for the people showing(or their horses) and buying candy canes in bulk is really cheap.
                -You could buy some red duct tape and stripe a couple white poles to make a candy cane jump.
                -just going to a craft store and getting some fake flowers (those red ones that are holiday-ish that i can't remember the name of) will make the course look nicer
                -serving hot chocolate, cider, etc. if you're doing the consessions yourself


                • #9


                  • #10
                    We're in the area and would definitely bring a bunch of kids!


                    • #11
                      Make sure you have a good schedule. Moving jumps up down in out etc between each division adds on alot of extra time. Make sure your courses dont end at the opposite end of the ring than the gate.

                      EMT on site if you cannot have an ambulance.


                      • #12
                        Yes, lots and lots of holiday themes, but try to keep it as P.C. as possible. Working in real estate you'd be shocked how many people complain about no menorah to celebrate Hannukah.

                        I second (and third) the holiday jumps ideas.

                        Also, around here they offer a "costume" class. Or if its a true schooling show (not for points) they make it to where you can wear holiday colors, braid your horses in silly ways with holiday ribbons, paint their hooves in a holiday theme, etc.


                        • #13
                          Muck buckets and rakes are nice for cleanup at trailer parking.

                          If you are going to have it informal, so the kids can decorate with ribbons and such, please have a fun class so they can show off.


                          • Original Poster

                            I'm getting nervous, but you all are giving me great ideas and enthusiasm!!

                            Even though most aren't in my area, what do you think of the date4s? It had been suggested Dec. 19th because there is an A show 2 hours south of here that SOME of the locals go to on the 13th (but so many don't!). Can't do the first weekend because it's the local "banquet" for the association,...or how about some time between Christmas and New Years?

                            I"m getting all sorts of mixed comments about the dates.....
                            www.flyingcolorsfarm.comHome of pinto stallion Claim to Fame and his homozygous son, Counterclaim. Friend us on Facebook!https://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Fl...04678589573428


                            • #15
                              Count the college kids out...UF's graduation is that weekend. Otherwise, I'd be there!


                              • #16
                                Originally posted by florida foxhunter View Post
                                I'm getting nervous, but you all are giving me great ideas and enthusiasm!!

                                Even though most aren't in my area, what do you think of the date4s? It had been suggested Dec. 19th because there is an A show 2 hours south of here that SOME of the locals go to on the 13th (but so many don't!). Can't do the first weekend because it's the local "banquet" for the association,...or how about some time between Christmas and New Years?

                                I"m getting all sorts of mixed comments about the dates.....
                                If it is during school break you'll probably see more people, so maybe between Christmas & New Years would be best- also if you wait you can decorate with all of the 'leftover' christmas decorations that are on super sale right after the holidays and save more $$

                                Definitely get a nice secretary - bad ones will make me (and others) never want to come back to a show.


                                • #17
                                  I think a holiday show is a great idea. I love the idea of decorating for the holidays and giving candy canes out for the horses. If it's just a 1 day show I think the date will work, but if it's 2 days people might think it's too much to take on before the holidays.


                                  • #18
                                    I just looked at your farm web site and your farm looks charming! That barn would look great with holiday decorations!


                                    • #19
                                      I love everyone's ideas about all of the decorum for the farm! Lots of trash cans and the idea of muck buckets everywhere is a good idea too!

                                      You have such a lovely farm and your babies are simply stunning! I wish I were closer so that I could come down for the show. Best of luck!


                                      • #20
                                        I just had to go see your web site. You have a beautiful farm, and gorgeous horses. Very nice web site, also. I wish you were closer, I would come to your show.