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What's in my O.C.E.A. Bag?

I am the literal mom of all the groups that I am in. My mom duties include but are not limited to baking treats, providing blankets or always having a backup item.

At O.C.E.A. shows, I struggled for my first year on what to pack and what not to pack. As your horse has all the required tack and it already groomed for you, it limits on what you need to be bringing. But there is still a lot that you do need! I fit the majority of it in a large duffle bag and carry a garment bag and my boot bag separately. Here is the breakdown.

In my main bag, I have everything! I bring 3 horse coolers/blankets, two boot shining kits, my helmet bag, a change of clothes, an extra sweater, and a small cosmetic bag. The cosmetic bag has a sunscreen, lip chap, hand lotion, hand sanitizer and an eye cream. Horse show mornings are always early, so this allows me to look alive.

The coolers and blankets are crucial on frigid show mornings. I bring a few that way the McMaster team can all cozy up when they are not riding or horse handling. The boot shining kits are very important as sometimes students forget to clean their riding boots. This allows a kit to travel with the team captains and do a last minute polish as well as have a kit in our sitting area to do the bulk of the work. 

My helmet bag carries more than just my helmet. It has two pairs of gloves and three hairnets at all times. I also keep my O.C.E.A. number in there as well with two strings in case I lose one. Back ups are crucial to a smooth show day!

In my garment bag is my show outfit, a casual outfit as well as two additional sets of a show shirt and show jacket. I also keep a few belts and boot socks in here in case of a spilled lunch or fellow teammates needing to borrow something for the day. Finally my boot bag has my boots, heavy socks, spurs and a crop. Spurs and crops are provided at OCEA but this way I know where they are for my show!

I am off to my next OCEA show on Sunday. Wish me luck!


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