I have a few tips for you
At horse shows:
- Bring your own food, snack bar food isn't that expensive, but if your planning on showing continously (every weekend), the money adds up.
- Always mail in your entries, most of the time you save money on classes!
- Choose classes wisely. I'm not saying don't challenge yourself, but don't spend all your money on classes that have 50 people in it, instead go for smaller classes, or those you know you have a good chance at winning.
- If you have a horse trailer, try to get a friend to bring their horse with you, and split the costs! If you don't have a trailer, look around to see if you can catch a ride with another person showing, and split gas money. Same goes with sharing a hotel room.
- Unless you NEED one, or you are extremely inexperienced, don't bring a trainer. There day fees are usually ridicoulous and most of them bring other students to show too, so they're attention is not always on you.
- If it's an overnight show, and have a friend who lives locally, see if you can board your horse there for the night.
- If you have to braid manes/tails, start practicing yourself (via youtube videos), and soon enough you won't have to pay $150 for the grooms to braid them. Same goes with body shaving.
- Bring your own feed/shavings if it's an overnight show. Show grounds often charge you loads of money for shavings
- Look at the 99 cents store, or the dollar section at Target for washcloths, spray bottles, brushes, tack totes, etc.
- Look around consignment horse stores for used show clothes
It's not much, but it might help. :)