Chic & Practical Musts on Competition Weekend

There are numerous check-lists for what you need to bring for your horse to the horse-show. Some people make their own checklists. I wrote a blog post a few months ago on how I pack my trunk. Linked HERE.

But, what about for yourself? Other than show-clothes, I use to pack so, so much. Because I never know whether I’ll have so much energy to go out to the local Out-Back Steakhouse in whatever obscure town we’re competing in or I just want to pull on some Nike shorts the whole weekend. (I do think I feel my best, when I look my best. I even keep a red lipstick in my jacket bag for dressage.) So, I’ve come up with a few chic must-have’s in my own suit-case to get through the weekend as on trend and as practical as possible.

My Michael Kors Women’s Snap Front Multi Pocket Rain Jacket. I wear this everywhere! I found it on sale after Christmas and sized up for a longer jacket. It’s the perfect wind-breaker. The price-point is fairly suitable for a nice jacket, and it is so easy to wipe off dust and dirt. This jacket has literally been ridden in, stuffed in my back-seat, shaken out, and worn to dinner that night. It looks so chic. It’s a perfect long wind-breaker to wear over clean show-clothes and prevail against imperfect weather! I feel like Mr. Darcy when I take Huck on morning cross-country course walks. So, at 5’4″ I sized up to a medium. It comes almost to my knee, and is big enough I can layer underneath.

I have these in green, but it looks like the taupe and black are still available

I hate wearing rain-boots all day, and I don’t want to walk too much in my tall boots. I love slipping on these, BABAYA Slip On Comfortable Walking Sneakers when I’m heading to the barn, after taking off my tall boots, and general walking around in. My tennis-shoes take in too much moisture, so these are a safer dry bet if I need to walk a course in the morning.

My last quick chic fix-me up is the key to making every date on time when you’re coming straight from the barn. It’s also the best helmet-hair fix ! I’ve tried just about every dry-shampoo, and this Batiste Dry Shampoo is my all-time favorite. I like to keep one in my car and one in my apartments. If you’re going straight to dinner after the show, this is essential to combat sweaty helmet hair!


Last, but not lease my Mario Badescu Facial Spray with Aloe, Cucumber & Green Tea Duo is perfect to combat wind-burn and tired skin! I’ve only just started using this, but I’ve been using Mario Badescue products since college. It’s not pricey at all, and while I’m too ashamed to mist my face in public, this stuff does rock! It’s just a cool mist that hydrates and the aloe-vera cools down your burned-face!

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