is a guideline of what is expected of our volunteer show grooms.
As you attend to the horses' and riders' needs, remember that
the effort will be rewarded when it is your time to show.
Code : Neat, clean and appropriate.
No short shorts or revealing tops. No flip flops or sandals.
the Farm: Arrive 15 minutes
early to assist the show riders with wrapping the horses and loading
the Show: Help unload the
horses as needed and remove shipping wraps then take the horse
for a short walk not wandering too far from the trailer area.
Be sure to check with trainer so that you know approximately what
time to start tacking up.
Groom and tack up the horse(s) while the
riders get dressed.
the rider over to be sure her attire is in order and her hair
is neatly in hwe helmet. Do not forget their number which should
be pinned to the pad on the side that will face the gate person.
the rider(s) are mounted re-wrap the shipping bandages and straighten
trailer area. Fetch buckets of water to offer the horses throughout
the rest of the day.
everything is organized proceed to warm up area to assist with
jump setting. Bring a small grooming kit with towel for last minute
touch ups and a water for the rider. Be sure to check with the
riders to see if they need anything and possibly assist them with
course learning at the appropriate time.
the show ring entry gate give the horse(s) a last minute grooming
(wipe off dust) and flyspray if needed. Wipe down rider(s) boots.
Check over the horse and rider for anything dirty or needing adjustment.
Showing: Take the horse
and cool him out with walking, remove tack and put on halter.
Offer some water and continue to walk him until the rider has
changed attire and is comfortable. The rider and groom are to
then work together to wrap the horse for shipping and eventually
load the horse back on the trailer. After the horse is on the
trailer the groom and the rider are to assist other riders still
showing (this is a team).
the trailer organized and clean throughout the day.
at Home: Assist the show
riders with unloading the trailer. It is the rider's responsibility
to care for the horse's legs and final grooming.