Showing Fees = Crap Prizes??
I've noticed over this show season that at some shows I feel like I fork out big bucks (or semi big) just got get somewhat crap prizes?? For example at state this year we paid $15.00/class (did about 10 classes) and then $90.00 for a stall with straw for the week (shavings was like $120.00) then the drug fee and all the other junk. Now the best that D & I did was English Open W/T reserve champion (out of 10 woot!) and I didn't know about it till yesterday (state was October 11th) and I know that the W/T champions got buckles? so I contacted the state chair to see if I left my prize behind (sorry if that sounds greedy but this show cost a lot with the hotel and everything else) and she said "Oh you get a top 5 prize).... Now all the other catagories got Champion & Reserve Champion buckles but... Reserve W/T gets a top 5 prize?? I figured ok w/e no big. THEN I learn the top 5 prizes are buckets with "SOC TOP 5" stickers (in or on them not sure?) and 'goodies' inside. Ok now not to sound like a horse show princess or anything but seriously?? This is the STATE show and the top 5 prizes are sticker and buckets and probably brushes?? I mean I'll be getting three buckets >.< and gah! if the stickers are specific to the top 5 cata. I wont mind as much :P BUT buckets?? ok ok before I go over board lol. I wanted to help our region leader with the 2010 series and I had a couple ideas of how to get more participation so that we could give out nicer prizes? I wanted some opinions on what YOU would want if you were coming to this series:
Cata: 13&Under, 14-17, 18&over, Open, (and I THINK some noivce horse/rider classes) All English, Western, with english/western trail and Over Fence classes.
(eeeppp I have to go to class I will add more details later but feel free to post what you would want, flat ribbons, rosettes, series sashes, daily high point? would you give up rosettes for a nice daily trophy? INPUT PLEASE)
I would want a rosette or trophy. I wouldn't want tack or buckets or grooming supplies that would be used and forgotten about. One show I went to gave out T-shirts without the placing or the class so I drove away with 4 or 5 t-shirts that I eventually gave away to my nieces and nephews. I still have every one of my trophies and ribbons and the last show I did was 15 years ago.
I like trophies, nice rosettes (not 5c two inch big things that say "champion" in little letters. im vain!) and coolers for the bigger prizes.
I ran at a local gymkhana show awhile ago. I got grand champion and got a pink bucket with a brush and a ziplock with some treats in it. Local show so sure, they're not going to have a big budget but for $12 a class, I would have been happier with something less chincy
If i went to show i would want a trophy for firts maybe a buckle for second and then ribbons for 3-5 place...that sounds about right to me...
I am thinking of having jackpots classes that only 'adults' can enter since I haven't really been to any shows where juniors can win money (give or take) so I am thinking so they don't feel left out maybe have some other prize for them? maybe like a "jackpot class 1st place winner?" or maybe over giving ribbons to the juniors for a 'jackpot' class give out trophies for placings??
for the adults:
2nd - $15.00
3rd - $10.00
4th - $5.00
5th - Ribbon
6th - Ribbon
Then charge maybe $9.00 to enter this class appose to $5.00? or maybe charge $10.00 to enter and add an extra buck into the pot maybe? I wanted to see if maybe we can get sponsors for the class but if we have a 3 or 4 show series it will be hard to get buckle sponsors... I was also thinking if the region can't affored money classes maybe we can do it that if you win you get your class money back and if you get second you get like $4.00 back or something??
It really depends on the fees the organization putting on the show must spend. Facility rent or upkeep, taxes, vet, judges, sanction fees, etc.
I invite anyone who has complained about prizes/awards to serve on a committee and understand where the entry fees do go!
meh. Personally, I wouldn't complain.
As an eventer, I fork out up to $500 total for a weekend of showing and MAYBE come home with a rosette.
It's just the crapshoot of the sport. Nothing to be upset about :)
haha i ride dressage, we drifve for like, three hours then we pay some big bucks( i can only do like, two sometimes three shows a year because of the price) then we spend all weekend there, do like, 6 minutes of riding in front of judges and maybe if we do wellwe get a 99 cent ribbon.haha and we only get coolers fi we are like, champions. but we have some great fun in between.
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