How do you plan shows? For me finding shows is always problematic. Because I can’t show rated with Nilla, I can’t just go to USEA’s website and note down all the shows in my region. I scour lots of facebook pages, local equestrian calendars, follow barns that might have shows, and sometimes I just steal shows I see on local blogger’s lists.
Once I find shows, organizing them is the next step. I usually make a google spreadsheet and put in all the possibilities and then pick and choose. Sometimes I’m not even that organized. Last year I just kept an email draft with a list of shows. And then I’d be like, I wonder if I can go to this show, oh, I can’t because registration closed a week ago.
Finding shows is its own special nightmare and I’m not out to solve that. But I am out to find a better way to organize my shows than a spreadsheet or an email. Since I’m looking to change careers into Software Engineering, I’m going to make an app. Now, I know what I’d want in a show planning app, but I’m just one person (who doesn’t show rated at that) so I am seeking input before I get started.
I’d want to track show names, show dates, registration dates, locations, distance, fees/costs, specific classes at the show, stabling requirements, vaccine/medical requirements, registrations/affiliations required for the basics. Additionally, It’d be cool to attach the dressage tests I need to memorize. I’d also like to build a progress tracker so I can keep track of my placings and scores post-show and maybe run some stats on them at the end of the year.
What am I missing? I know there are probably 20 million other things to track and I’m not sure what I’d prioritize, but I’d like some reader input. What features would you want to see in a show organizing app? And by app I mean website not iphone/android, although I’ll probably learn that next, but don’t worry about what would be inconvenient about an app, just think about what features you’d want to have if you were planning your shows. Or tell me how you organize your shows?
Also, I’m not doing this to make money or anything like that. I just want to do the project in order to practice/learn skills and eventually get a real job.