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post #81 of 82 Old 10-23-2012, 07:49 PM
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If you would like a comparison - here in the UK this is the costs involved in going to local dressage competitions. All converted to us dollars for you :)

Brand new dressage saddle - $500
Dressage girth - $40
Bridle - $40
Dressage legal bit - $25
Dressage numnah - $30

Showing jacket - $80
Showing shirt - $25
Stock and pin - $15
Jodhpurs - $50
Boots - £80

Dressage entry fee (1 class entered) - $15

So assuming you I dont have any equipment at all I could get all the kit and an entry fee for $900.
Gee I wish thats all it cost me to compete!!!

Saddle - $3500 (second hand!)
Girth - $140
Bridle - $350
Bit - $200
Numnah (if needed) - $120

Jacket - $350
Shirt - $80
Stock and pin - $65
Breeches - $160
Boots - $300 (second hand, $1100 new)
Spurs - $80

Plus, $25 per test, $15 administration fee, $10 stable fee per day. For a championship, double, if not triple that figure depending on the location and the event itself.


I think the disciplines would work out to around the same cost whichever way you look at it. If you're out competing, its going to be expensive. I've seen Dressage saddle selling for a good $12k, with the average new saddle being $5k. Western gear seems super pricey too, though from what I've, the lesson fees for a 'general' coach is not quite so much as one for Dressage. I regularly fork out $145/40mins for a lesson. That one hurts!

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the lesson fees for a 'general' coach is not quite so much as one for Dressage. I regularly fork out $145/40mins for a lesson. That one hurts!
Holy crap!

To ride with a good cowhorse trainer seems to average $50 for dry work and $65 for cow work. Most of them will let you stay as long as you want, there isn't a timer on the fence..LOL. I get my moneys worth!
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