Saw this thread on another forum and thought of what I was saying about prices for upper level show horses. It's about the cost of showing on the top circuits with a top barn. When you're forking out this much cash $35k is just a drop in the bucket! Annual cost to campaign a top hunter?
That being said.... My main question is, what has this horse been doing for the last 2 1/2 years? The longer you keep a prospect the more expenses they rack up, so generally most barns are eager to get them jumping and showing asap. Seems strange to me.