Preparing For Your Horse Race: What You Need to Know

Reviewed By Tom •  Updated: 11/19/23 •  3 min read
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No matter the size or scale, running an event takes a whole lot of planning and preparation. Sorting out the food, registering the riders, hiring the staff… It’s a to-do list that never seems to end. As long as you give yourself enough time to get things in order, there’s no reason why your horse show shouldn’t be a complete success.

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If you’re looking to wow attendees with the ultimate horse show, you’ve come to the right place. In this blog, we’ll share all our best tips and tricks to help you prepare for your horse race. Keep reading to find out what they are!

Preparing For You Horse Race

Stick to Your Budget

Ideally, you’ll want your horse race to turn a profit. In this case, you’ll need to be extremely firm with your budget and ensure you don’t go over the predetermined amount. If you don’t know how to plan a budget, this article should help you.

Offer Irresistible Prizes

When you offer irresistible prizes, you open up the door to a whole new kind of talent. You’ll get the best of the bunch applying to be part of the race.

Buy Attractive Ribbons 

Another traditional and indispensable part of any horse race are the horse show ribbons. Make sure they clearly show the name of the event and the year the show took place in.

Focus on Health and Safety

You can’t have a successful event unless you take the time to invest in health and safety measures. Make sure you obtain all the necessary permits and hire both medical and veterinary staff to be on stand-by.

Hire a Photographer

One of the best ways to advertise your horse show is by showing pictures of past events. Make sure to immortalise your memories and hire a fantastic equine photographer.

Make sure that everybody and their horse knows about your upcoming shows. You can print out posters and hang them up in nearby towns as well as create a campaign on social media.

Practice Clear Communication

It’s super important that you practise clear communication. Don’t let people make assumptions about the event. Make sure you clearly let everyone know about the details of the event, including the date, location, and entry requirements.

Pick a Great Venue

Make sure that you pick a venue that your guests will feel comfortable in. It’s important to have a rough idea of how many people you expect to show up. Once you know how many people you’ll need to accommodate, you can find a venue that will match.

At the end of the day, it’s important that both contestants and guests have a fabulous time. That’s why you need to consider the experience from both perspectives. If you’ve enjoyed the experience of planning a horse race, and you’re interested in doing another in the future, we recommend you collect feedback. Find out what areas can be improved upon and listen to your customers. You’ll be a professional before you even know it.

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Tom has always loved to write since he was little - he wanted to be either a writer or a veterinary doctor, but he ended up being a professional writer while most of his works are based on animals. He was born in San Francisco but later moved to Texas to continue his job as a writer. He graduated from the University of San Francisco where he studied biotechnology. He is happily married and a soon to be father!