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post #21 of 24 Old 12-05-2011, 02:52 PM
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You'd be amazed at what people will pay for something exotic. There's no way I'd spend a five-figure sum on a horse, even if I could afford it. I understand they're superior athletes, but quality Thoroughbreds can do the same thing for a fraction of the price. It's a lot like John Deere tractors; you're paying for the name.

You could buy a house, a truck, a trailer, and a good horse for the price of one Grand Prix stallion. I don't know... it seems like an obvious choice to me.

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You'd be amazed at what people will pay for something exotic. There's no way I'd spend a five-figure sum on a horse, even if I could afford it. I understand they're superior athletes, but quality Thoroughbreds can do the same thing for a fraction of the price. It's a lot like John Deere tractors; you're paying for the name.

You could buy a house, a truck, a trailer, and a good horse for the price of one Grand Prix stallion. I don't know... it seems like an obvious choice to me.
Actually, when you purchase something with quality, such as a John Deere tractor, you have to consider how much money it took to make the tractor as well. You have all the parts, all of the employees, plus overhead to pay for.

Same with a horse that has made it to the Grand Prix level. That horse will have hours upon hours upon hours of training, lots of show and travel mileage, not to mention all the feed, bedding, shoeing, and any other expenses. You can not make a Grand Prix horse for cheap, which is why they do not come cheap.

Entry fees would also be a big expense. I overheard one of the short stirrup kids moms talking to someone else about showing, and she figured it averaged out to about $400 (CDN) per weekend for her daughter to show. Show season is approximately from about the end of April to the end of August, every other weekend. So for 8 to 10 shows, they paid out about $3200-4000 in show fees/trailering. For a short stirrup kid (under 12), and not even for "A" circuit shows!

A Grand Prix horse would be showing multiple classes over a week, not just 4 classes in one day, so now you need to count in the groom that needs to be there to take care of the horse, stalling fees, etc etc., plus still paying board at the home barn.

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Entry fees to a CDI (international competitions) the entry fee for one class can exceed $1000. That's over $100 per minute in the ring being judged.

It's a big money sport!
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post #24 of 24 Old 12-05-2011, 04:01 PM
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not to mention the money you can win on a Prix level horse. Pfizer has a million dollar prize at HITS. You win that, and you just paid for your horse. Haha!

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