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post #11 of 17 Old 01-09-2010, 11:38 PM
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Originally Posted by My Beau View Post
3-5k for 4 shows? Wow! What shows are they?

I imagine she's probably talking about some rated shows! Stalls at rated shows are on average $175-250 for the week. (not talking about the bigger shows like Syracuse or Wellington). Classes are about $35 a class and $25 a warm up. So an entire division plus warm ups is easily $400-500. Our barn charges $35 a day for daycare which is VERY reasonable. We also charge $35 per day for schooling. which is also pretty reasonable. We're usually there from Tues-Sun. Add in Monday if we're at a show for multiple weeks. Clients split their trainers hotel/meals for the week. Hauling is $1 a mile. Braiding is usually $45 for manes and $35 for tails. We rebraid every third day. It adds up quick! I know people who show only on the A circuit who spend 20 or 30k a year!
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post #12 of 17 Old 01-10-2010, 08:15 AM Thread Starter
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Interesting... I've never been at a hunter barn, so never shown hunters except for taking some of the green beans out to local schooling shows. I know A shows are pretty much a world of their own, but wow!

I'll stick to events and dressage shows :)

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post #13 of 17 Old 01-10-2010, 11:08 AM
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Believe it not but jumpers are usually more expensive then hunters! You have to pay all of the above (except for braiding, unless youre at a bigger show) PLUS a nominating fee. And often classes are a little more since you can win money back. AND, they stretch out the divisions so you have a class a day for almost the entire week so most people do 2 divisions. Often in the hunter divisions you have a few classes a day for a few days so you have the option of leaving early and not having to pay that extra day or two of daycare or schooling. I went to a rated dressage show once and it wasnt as expensive but it wasnt cheap! i imagine the higher level events are pretty pricey too! I did do several schooling dressage shows a year that were like $30 a show. And that WAS IT. I was like, seriously? $30?! It was nice. :)
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post #14 of 17 Old 01-10-2010, 11:50 AM
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Eventing is a very expensive sport, especially if you ride Rated Courses. The higher up you go in levels, the more expensive it gets.

Just to do a Novice Comp here, the entry fee is $300 and something buckaroonies. And that price goes up when you are doing levels above N. Plus you and your horse have to become registered members of USEF which is around $50 - $100.

To boot, you win NO money if you place. Just take home a purdy ribbon.

Then to do Dressage Shows, you are paying anywhere between $10 - $20 a class in my area - those aren't cheap either. I usually like to do all 4 Training Level tests.

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post #15 of 17 Old 01-10-2010, 01:22 PM
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I don't want to think about it....

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post #16 of 17 Old 01-10-2010, 01:29 PM
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Originally Posted by upnover View Post
I only pay for shows on horses that I own (which I 'get back' when I sell the horse) or horses that I show for my own personal benefit. The rest I get paid to show, which is always great. I had a project I really wanted to show and probably spent about $4000 on him. (I did about 10-15 shows this year?) Fortunately that's all tax deductible for me!

Broken down...

I think I usually pay ~$100 in entry fees per local show (just a day, sometimes two). Our clients pay about double that once you add in hauling, day care, schooling, eq and medal classes (don't do those!), etc.

I pay $400-500 in entry fees per rated show (more if I do jumpers, darn those nominating fees!) + hotel. Which is about another $100. I think our clients pay, more then double once you add everything in there. Double THAT if it's a longer haul.

Yeah, shows are expensive!
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post #17 of 17 Old 01-10-2010, 04:25 PM Thread Starter
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Oh yeah, horse trials suck the money out of you! I did 3 in one month (back to back to back weekends) and it was about $950.

I've just never added up the shows cost beforehand... it was always $200 here, $250 there. Made it seem not-so-bad.

Most of the shows I'm doing this year are local outings, and no events as I haven't jumped/been with a trainer since July. Just doing my own thing. I'm starting with a new trainer in the spring though. Although 4 on the schedule are recognized - USEA, USEF & USDF membership needed ;)

The local confirmation classes I'm taking my filly out to are......wait for it...... $10 a class! Woohoo!

And in other news: we will probably miss most of Beau's shows... he has something funky going on with his back. I have a feeling he's going to need a couple months off :(

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