How Coupons Can Help You Horse Show

If you’ve ever seen Extreme Couponing on TLC, you probably feel like couponing is an overwhelming task where you end up with products you don’t use and no place to store it all. But it doesn’t have to be that way! Here are some helpful tips to start you on a coupon journey that will help you save money that you can use towards your horse!

  • Start Small 

If you think you’re going to coupon like the experts on TV in just one day, you’ll burn yourself out immediately and never want to coupon again. Start with just a few coupons you can find online or in your Sunday paper. You’ll get better as you go along. You might think to yourself “wow, I only saved 15 cents today, why even bother?” But within a few weeks, you’ll be saving a lot more than just 15 cents if you keep at it. Soon enough, you’ll discover where to get the best coupons and in which stores to use them. Besides, showing with Better Dressage Scores is only $19, so those cents can lead to a show!

  • Buy What You Need 

The extreme couponers on TV tend to buy 1000 razor blades in order to pay for the rest of their groceries because the coupon is worth more than the product itself, but they’re pros! Don’t buy products you don’t normally use because they’ll end up sitting on your shelf for so long that in the end, you spend more than you save. If you don’t like peas but they’re on sale, that doesn’t mean you’re going to magically eat peas and enjoy them. Make a list of what you need from the store, and then find the coupons for them. 

  • Send E-mails to the Companies You Like 

If you liked or disliked a particular product, send an e-mail to that company. Odds are they’ll send you coupons! Maruchan, the company that makes ramen noodles, sent me about 10 coupons for half off and free noodles! All because I said their cheap products are a life-saver for college students. Tyson sent me a few coupons for one of their new products because I e-mailed them saying I enjoyed how tender their chicken was. Sabra makes a variety of hummus, and when I bought a bad batch one time, I sent them an e-mail. I received two coupons for free hummus, which is an expensive product! All it takes is 10 minutes to write a few reviews on some company products and see what they send back.

  • Find a Store that Works for You 

I had two stores in particular that worked for me: Winn-Dixie and Albertsons. I picked Winn-Dixie because they give you points towards in-store coupons as well as 15 cents off of gas for every $50 you spend (and as horse people, we definitely drive a lot). They also have a lot of sales on produce and close–to-expiring goods. Albertsons is where I would buy my meat because just about every other week they would have a buy one get 3 free deal on steak and chicken! Find out what deals the stores near you have to offer and play around with these different options to see which ones you save the most with! 

  • Online Couponing 

Before you hit the “checkout” button on Riding Warehouse, SmartPak, or any other online horse shop, be sure to google “Riding Warehouse coupons” or “SmartPak promo codes,” etc. Most of the time there will be a promo code you can use for 10% off your purchase or even free shipping. Even better, most of the time they have an extra 10-20% off of clearance items in your cart! It takes just a few minutes to fish around for one, and this goes for any other online store where you may shop! A helpful tool you can download to your browser is “Honey.” It’s a promo code searcher that does all of this work for you!

Hopefully these couponing tips will help you out! The more you coupon, the more you’ll learn, the more you’ll save, the more you’ll show! Try showing with us here at Better Dressage Scores and you’ll save on hauling, stall fees, and high entry fees! Those coupon tricks will help you pay for your entry fee with us for sure 🙂

What is Better Dressage Scores?

Horse shows aren’t as easy to come by as we’d all like sometimes. Most of us have limited shows to attend and they’re usually spread far apart. It doesn’t exactly give your horse the best schooling when you only get to show once every three months. Even if we did have lots of showing opportunities, not all of us can afford to do it every weekend!

I’m a broke grad student living in Louisiana. I want to show all the time but can only show some of the time. And honestly, I save up every cent I have just to do it! Not only that, but when I don’t have a show coming up, I really don’t practice as intricately as I do when there is one coming up. I’ve always heard that “practice makes perfect,” but in reality, only “perfect practice makes perfect.” So when I putz around on my OTTB for a month but then push him back to work mode a few weeks before a show, I really can’t expect him to be some dressage king the day of the test. It just doesn’t work that way.

I realized that I can’t be the only one in this “no money, few shows, and poor practice” predicament, and I wanted to fix it. And that’s why betterdressagescores.com was created. I wanted to make an online horse show that everyone could afford. A show that would be held once a month so that there’s always a showing opportunity year round. A show that would motivate us to practice perfectly and compete against people around the United States.

Want to know how it works?

Each horse show is $19. That’s it. Those are all of your fees.

Then, all you have to do is film your test and send it in before entries close.

You’ll get your scores back from a real dressage judge, just like any other real life horse show.

You don’t need a real dressage arena, just some cones or markers for the judge to see in the video. No need to haul, no need to get fancy, no need to stress. Just ride your test, film it, and send it in!

This site is for the backyard riders, the weekly lessoners, and the top level pros! We judge starter through training level in eventing as well as training through second level in dressage.

We host a show at the end of every month starting September 30th (entries are due by the 23rd).

Just because we’re broke and living in horse horse show-less area doesn’t mean we should lose out on getting to compete every month. Check out the rest of our site and enter a show today!

10 Horse Show Items for $10

Horses, lessons, showing, tack, etc…all so costly! But it doesn’t always have to be that way, sometimes we just need to get creative. So head over to the Dollar Tree for these awesome finds:

#1: Bungee Cords: To keep our horses cooled off, we need fans, and to hang fans, we need bungee cords!

#2: Hair clips: When you’re braiding and your horse’s mane keeps getting in the way, clip it back with these!

#3 Hair Spray: You could use it on yourself if you’d like to, or you can spray your steed’s freshly braided mane before going in the ring.

#4 Hair gel: Yet another handy braiding tool to use, especially if you’re using rubber bands! Put small amounts on your horse’s mane before you start braiding that particular piece. It keeps the braid tidy and is more likely to stay put.

#5 Rubber bands: And speaking of braiding with rubber bands, here they are for just $1! They come in a variety of colors so you’re bound to find some to match your horse’s mane.

#6 Dry Erase Board: Rides times, warm up times, and ring numbers can be less stressful to remember if you write them down on this board and leave it by your stall. You’ll spend less time thinking about when you need to be ready and more time thinking about the awesome round you’re about to have!

#7 A Small Mirror: Make sure you have all those fly away hairs under control and look spiffy before you get on your horse! This is a small, stand up mirror you can easily prop up on your trunk before you head out.

#8 Baby Powder: This one is a perfect tool for those of you with white horses. Add some baby powder to their legs to make them look extra white and clean!

#9 Tool Organizer: Perfect for organizing your stud kit, braiding kit, or miscellaneous items you don’t want to lose!

#10 Emergency Phone Charger: Horse show days are long, and there isn’t always a nearby plug available. Be sure to keep this dollar item in your show trunk so you can have enough battery life to Facebook, Tweet, and Instagram how great your pony is!

Now, instead of spending at least $50-60 on these items, you only spend $10! For even more savings, look up Dollar Tree coupons online for any of these merchandises.

Happy horse showing!