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When you travel to a multi-day horse show, one of your expenses will likely be lodging. The most common lodging options for horse shows are camping on site at the horse show, or staying in a nearby hotel.
Since we own our own trailer with sleeping quarters, we camp in our trailer when we are at a show.
We primarily show at 4 day, split/combined breed shows, we camp for about 4 nights Typically we haul in on Wednesday, and show Thursday through Sunday. While not everyone would agree, I think there are many benefits to camping onsite at a horse show versus staying in a hotel.
- Its Fun
Cost of Lodging
Depending on the show venue, camping typically runs $20-$40 per night for electric and city water hookup. That’s much less than a night’s stay at a hotel.
Early morning feedings and water checks take less time if you only have to walk, bike, or hop on the moped for a minute to get to the barn, verus driving from a hotel to the barn.
Our <Past> Set Up
Until very recently, we had a horse trailer with a small weekender living quarters. We swapped trailer as part of a three way trade recently. Our weekender trailer was a 4 horse gooseneck trailer that included a small sleeping area in the front. We slept two adults and two children in this trailer.
Honestly, we spent time in the trailer when we were sleeping, but it was pretty cramped with 4 people in there if we were not all in our beds, plus in 2019, we started bringing our small dog with us to horse shows.
Kids’ Sleeping Areas
My young daughters slept on small bunk beds. It was a small sleeping area, but it worked for us.
The sleeping surfaces the girls used were body pillows. The body pillows seemed to work find for them, and they didn’t complaint about being uncomfortable.
Cooking and Weekender Trailer Appliances/Cooking Devices
Some of our meals were “home cooked” at the trailer, (notice, at, not in the trailer)
The fridge and microwave were stationary appliances that had dedicated homes in the trailer. The other cooking items were stashed and shoved it the top closet, and on top of the closet. And the crock pot lived below the sink.
Sometimes it is easier to order a pizza, or run to the store for a few snacks after we are AT the show, versus trying to grocery shop and pack even more things before we leave.
–Resource for DIY Horse Trailer Conversions
In case you are looking for a place to ask questions and share ideas about DIY horse trailer conversions, check out the Facebook group: Horse Trailer Conversion II – This is a group page where you can share your ideas and ask questions on how to convert you front dressing room into a living quarters. The group is for both bumper pull and goose neck trailers. There are some folks that have made some really nice conversions.
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