Horse Show Party
How to have a kids Horse Show theme party

Have a competitive horse crazy kid? A horse show party is a great way to educated
your guests about show jumping, tent pegging, vaulting, reining, combined driving,
Dressage, barrel racing and more. Take the kids to a real horse show competition.

If your horse-crazy kid lives and breathes horses, then it's off to the races to decide
which kind of Horse Show birthday party to have next year:

  • Triple Crown / Kentucky Derby Party: A Kentucky Derby Party is a wacky way to
    show style with decorated derby hats, funny glasses and fuzzy boa gloves.
    Anything goes from elegant tea parties filled with southern hospitality to
    serious equestrian theme where guests place bets on a recorded show. So get
    out the crystal, linens and china and bouquets of red roses, Horse figurines,
    silver trophies and ribbons because it's off to the races. We're willing to bet
    you'll have fun with this unique birthday party idea.

  • Breyer Slumber party: A Breyer model horse show party is another fun way for
    your horse crazy kid to share her passion for collecting model horses.

Amazon also has fun equestrian watches, like the Dressage watch, left for the
birthday kids. Another unique idea for your little equestrian is to create a birthday
plaque, right. It comes with free engraving for just $6.00.

And since they just don't stock what you need for a horse show party at the local
party supply store, you'll need to search online at other places, like eBay. You'll find
eBay is also a great place to search for your Horse show party For vintage finds or
items in bulk (like Horse show ribbons).

Here are some things to search eBay:
  • Doll house Horse trophy (these make excellent favors)
  • Horse cookie cutters
  • Blue ribbons
  • Horse show ribbons (you'll find vintage and new selections)
  • Horse show stickers (Creative Hands cool foam stickers) and embellishments
    For scrapbooks

  • Find Horse show ribbons on eBay and place a special one behind the chair of
    the birthday kid. They are approximately two feet long with a decorative
    rosette at the top. We found several vintage and new Horse show ribbons on
    eBay For $4.00- $10.00 in varying sizes.

  • Dollhouse horse ribbons and trophies make great favors. You'll find a tiny blue
    ribbon for just $1.00 and a horse trophy for $1.60 each. Look also on eBay.
    Here is a quality pewter dollhouse trophy, right, available on Amazon.

  • Search for horse scrapbook materials and buttons on eBay to accent your
    invitations and thank you cards. Search for terms such as: horse-shoe,
    horseshoe, horse shoe (yes, all three varieties will yield different results). You'll
    also find a variety of horse stickers for favors and invitations. Pictured right is a
    horse show board with removable stickers.

Activities for your Horse Show Party:

  • Have a horse show of your own. Decorate model horses and figurine, then hold a
    mini competition with judging and prize ribbons and trophies. Klutz published
    My Very Own Horse Book that not only makes a great gift, but provides a horse
    and instructions for making a saddle, blanket and bridle. For the birthday girl,
    the Horse Show activity kit, available on Amazon, is ideal and can serve as
    decoration for the party.

  • Run for the roses. Create a horseshoe Garland of Roses for your horse show
    party by cutting a large horse shoe shape (12"-16") and affixing red roses from
    a craft store (or creating rosettes from confetti paper). For inspiration or to buy
    one ready made, visit

  • Hold a horse race (computer or model horse). Train own, breed, bet, ride and
    race in a simulated horse racing computer game. Download the demo for free
    from Starters Orders 3. Here's how to hold a model horse race, shows you the way.

  • Set your DVD to a pre-recorded horse race and have guests place "bets" with
    Monopoly money and award prizes. Alternatively, have guests pick their horses
    from a derby hat (horses featured in the recording) and award the winning

  • Make room for a groom. Horse owners know that grooming helps bond with a
    Horse. Show horses must often have fancy manes For competition. So use this
    idea For your pony party and have the girls groom each other with braids,
    ribbons, clips and bows. Award prizes For the winning mane and designer.

  • Get "board" with these horse show board game ideas:
  • A game for 8 and up, Horse Show game by Gamewright, circa 1997. The object
    is to work your way up in class and ride for a Blue Ribbon. The game includes
    rules for younger players as well.
  • Horse-opoly is a great game for kids based on the game of monopoly. Players
    choose a bail of hay, saddle, horseshoe, horse trailer, bag of oats, or a boot as
    they buy barns and trade them in for stables while trying to become the richest
  • Monopoly horse lovers edition by Hasbro lets you wheel and deal your favorite
    horse breeds. Traditional houses and hotels are renamed Stalls and Stables. A
    carrot card enables you to canter on and collect $200; while an apple card
    means your horse refuses to load into the trailer, so you go directly to jail.
    Custom pewter tokens include a horse, a horse shoe, apple, riding boot,
    saddle and horse trailer.

  • Watch a pony movie for a slumber party:
  • Black Beauty
  • Horseland (any movie)
  • International Velvet
  • My Little Pony (any movie)
  • My Friend Flicka
  • National Velvet
  • Saddle Club (any movie, but Horse Crazy is a good start)
  • Seabiscuit
  • Spirit
  • The Black Stallion
  • The Long Shot
  • The Silver Brumby
  • The Painted Stallion

You'll find all these selections and more in our
horse-theme movie store.
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