Well today I made a very useful discovery. I learned that at my barn when they go to shows, they don't go to lovely little schooling shows, but to regionals, and one lady occasionally provincials.
That;s good news and bad. Good because it's a fancy show, bad because it costs $$$$.
The lady I was talking to is a very good rider and has shown quite a bit. She says that when they go to shows they go for a weekend.
They leave Saturday morning, bring the horses to the show barn and board them overnight. On Saturday you spend the day at the show barn and take a lesson/class or something there during the day (didn't quite get that but anywho). Then after the horses have their supper you go home. The next morning you come early, get your horsy ready, and show.
Then you bring them back to the barn Sunday evening.
She says a weekend costs around 500$. I asked her what it included, and from what I understood, that's the total for trailering the horse, boarding him for a night and all the classes you would enter (not sure how many but maybe 2-3...4?)
Is this a lot? How much do you pay when you go to shows?
Also, rated shows are...??????? Regional and up? Anything that's not a schooling show? More than that?