I live by my checklist! Even after 30 years of eventing, I know I'd forget something if I didn't use it. There's a box next to each item on the list that I check off--literally--every time I pack. It's a long list, including many extra items, such as bits, reins and spurs. But over the years, I've learned to pack leaner and leaner. You want to be prepared (bring that rain gear!) but don't stuff your trailer with loads of extra equipment. Try to bring just what you need and nothing more.
Here's a copy of the list I've developed over the years for you to download. Add or delete items as you streamline your system.
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Louise Meryman has evented at the top levels since 1980, representing the U.S. Equestrian Team internationally on numerous occasions. Based at her Treeline Farm in Pine Plains, N.Y., she has coached students of all levels, including medal winners in the North American Young Riders Championships and Bermuda's 1990 World Championship team. In 1987, Louise founded the American Horse Trials Foundation, dedicated to financially supporting international riders and event organizers. She also organizes the Millbrook Horse Trials in Millbrook, N.Y.
To read more about Louise's system for packing for events, see Here's How in the May 2010 issue of Practical Horseman magazine.