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post #11 of 15 Old 10-11-2010, 08:17 PM
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How do I get those figures? I personally know someone that just went to the WEG, as a competitor.
Simply put, vet bills. Horses are not machines. In order to function at the top of a sport, they need nearly constant maintenance. It is not uncommon for these horses to be injected with Adequan (read $100 a pop) every 2-4 days. Vets are like hawks watching these horses, about $500-1000 for a simple "check-up" to make sure the horse is still sound. And if something is wrong, then you are going to pay to keep the horse sound. Good farrier work, and usually some corrective farrier work, like $300 every 6 weeks. Not to mention, at most training barns a dry stall (basically 4 walls) can run up to $2000 per month. And we haven't touched training yet!!!

A mid-level performance horse, without including training costs, is about a few thousand to upkeep. Not a top level horse.
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anebel is right, it is EXPENSIVE to campaign a horse at the international level. $10k is actually a conservative estimate. My former trainer has this posted on her competition journal section of her website:

"For those of you curious, it costs approximately $15,000 per month to properly campaign a horse at this level (this includes the costs involved competing overseas).
Did you know that a lesson with Anne Gribbons is $175.00?...the daily ulcer treatment is $30?...the body work at the events is $400?"
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I know it's expensive, I just thought $10,000 was a little much - but I guess not.

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My Beau I get what you are saying.

I admit, I am a little miffed by the people who say the young riders are supported by their parents so they do not need support. Hu?

I guess only the children of the very wealthy should be given opportunities per this crowd.


I get the points you are trying to make, My Beau. He is not working in a vacuum where it is either work or show. He did not have to drop his whole income source for a month to ride at a horse show.

And like any other job, you work your way up by working hard. Not having someone spoon feed you along the way. He was given the leg up by the young riders funding, now he has a name. That funding allowed him to have a name. Now he can grow that name and do fine with some hard work. He does not need the federation to fund his growing business.
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I'm going to side with Anabel and others on this one (and actually Jimmy Wofford in a recent Practical Horseman re: professional eventers, a lot of people took issue with that, too.)

When I was a working professional at the low levels of the sport, it was a constant struggle between improving my riding/competing and keeping my business going. Competing *without* a couple of trailerloads of students at the same event or show made me hyperventilate with worry about my expenses and lost income. And if I had to chose a comp based on my needs or client's needs, client's needs came first. Horses in training and students paid my bills, period. There would be no way I could walk away from that income for any period of time.

Please don't get me wrong - I was extraordinarily lucky. My clients sponsored me into multiple clinics, as did the local PC. But I can't imagine even competing at Premlin (or its equivelent in other disciplines) without a separate source of income. Just keeping one upper level horse fit and going is a *huge* commitment of time and money.
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