This months Bull Sheet has a reprinted 2002 article on what it takes (prepared wise) to go from a barkyard chef to a competitor.
Even had a checklist of things that should be in every competitors equipment (organized competitor, after reading Phils post above)
Check it out Char, or if you don't get the Bullsheet, I'll copy and send. In the mean time, go to www.KCBS.us
and join for $35/annual. Keep you up to date on things in your area, and interesting articles like I mentioned to help answer some of your questions.