Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: I am omnipresent (mostly Alberta...)
You could also try what I'm doing right now. I'm working ALL summer, and everything I earn goes towards buying the mare I want. Working the amount of hours I will be, I can buy her but not the tack. I have my eyes on a complete set of tack that costs about $1000. Working 15 hours a week during the school year, I can make enough to pay for her board, farrier, vet, etc. and I'll have just under $100 extra every month. My parents have said that since I'm being responsible and paying for everything, they will buy me the tack, and I'll gradually pay them back every month. This is a good option, because THEY KNOW WHERE I LIVE!!! LOL. But I can't back out of what I owe them, so everyone wins!
You could do the same with the shows. If you tell your parents that this is what you want, they may be willing to pay your show fees, and as you earn money back doing little things any way you can, you can pay them back.
Where there's a bay, there's a way!