Just like organizing your trailer is important, being organized at the show is also important. Having an easy to understand and neat layout for your tack is the best way to accomplish this. Whether you are tied to your trailer or in a stall, there are a couple things you can do to make your show much less stressful.
Giving yourself plenty of time to set up before or after your ride is super important! Wherever you are camped out for a show is your base camp. A good base is well thought out and executed. I don’t know how many times I have seen people lose things because they just threw their stuff down.
I build in time into my schedule to make sure I have time to unpack and settle in for the day or weekend. Even if it is to just set my stuff down in a way that allows me to get ready and finish later.
The good thing about being tied to your trailer is that you have easy access to your tack room and the other storage areas in your trailer. You can also use things in multiple ways. If your trailer has a front door in the horse compartment, you can just open it and let your horse have their hay that way. This is also a good area to hang your water bucket.
Here are some pictures of my trailer layout to give you some ideas:
Stalls have a little more challenges than trailer when it comes to layouts. Stalls have less space and generally have shared walls. Stacking things is your best bet in these instances. I have a single saddle rack witha shelf on the bottom for extra storage. The shelf isn’t neccessary but helps to keeps things cleaner.
Hooks are also going to become your best friend. I tend to lean towards the ones that can’t swivel, but different things work for different people. If you have a tack trunk that is easy to transport or a tub, that will also come in handy. For overnight shows, take a tack trunk that you can lock. We all hope for the best but there have been things stolen before.
Most people favor the box layout. Putting things like hay bags and tack trunks on the shared sides allows you to separate your stuff from the people on either side of you that aren’t from your barn. This also sets up your space and gives you some “seating” on both sides out of the way. If you need real seats, I put them opposite of the stall door.