AB and smrobs make some great points, as did upnover.
Here's an example of scary A rated hunter math:
How do you get a made Junior hunter?
Find a classic, typey, 4 year old that jumps in good form and has the scope and ability to jump a 3'6" course. Pay $15 - 20,000. for a good one that has some local show miles and established lead changes, more for one that's and extravagent mover or has extraordinary form over fences.
Campaigning a horse seriously in the As costs 20 - 30K a year in entry fees, hauling, coaching, lessons, stabling, board at home, etc. That figure will be higher if you make it to indoors and do one of the big year end shows. Campaign your horse one year in the unrated divisions, one year as a first year green and then one year as a Junior Hunter. If the horse is successful in that year as a Junior Hunter, you now have approximately $110,000. minimum invested in your horse. $137K allows for a very modest profit and a couple of commissions. And really, that's not a made or a top Junior Hunter, that's a horse that can do the job with one year's mileage in that division. Want a horse with an established record? Pay more. Want a horse that's really a packer and can do it without much help from the rider? Pay more.
Want one that's pinned well at indoors? Pay more.
Want one that can also do the Eq? Bring another check book.
Yes, it's crazy, and yes, $137K is more (much more) than I paid for my first house. But it is the reality. And as showing gets more expensive, horses with legitimate show mileage get coorespondingly more expensive.
BTW, comparing QH hunters and USEF hunters isn't really a valid comparison; they are judged very differently.
ETA: I went back and read the ad and looked at the photos; couldn't view the video at work. If he's as the ad represents, then the price is more than fair. Still crazy, but not unfair.
Last edited by maura; 03-01-2011 at 02:23 PM.