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post #1 of 21 Old 05-18-2017, 01:38 AM Thread Starter
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How often do you show and how much do shows usually cost?

I'm headed off to my third local show soon and even though I know horses are expensive in general, I'm still always shocked by just how much shows seem to cost so I was wondering how much other people paid for shows and how often you guys went?
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post #2 of 21 Old 05-18-2017, 07:01 AM
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My daughter shows 3-5 times a year, and it's not so expensive here. All in, we maybe spend 250$ for a show. That includes trailering the horse there (we don't have our own trailer so we rent one). Not cheap, but compared to other places, it's not so bad. We can't do it every weekend though! Not that I'd want to. I find it pretty exhausting and so does my daughter.
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We show 5 or 6 times/year and the shows run us from around $200-300/weekend up to the World Champs which is at about $3500 right now. I'm including new show clothes for the show, hotel, entries, trainer, hauling, shavings, feed, you name it.

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post #4 of 21 Old 05-18-2017, 07:26 AM
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The local show arena near me (literally a 7 minutes drive from the barn) had classes for $9. No other fees - except for the vehicle permits for the park ($10 annually). We had a nice boarder who liked to pick up some extra cash that didn't show but had a truck and trailer and she would make trips all day in her 3 horse trailer for $5 per way. Some of us would drive up and ride home! We were super lucky to have that option! I could spend less than $50 for a show day - including buying my lunch at the show!

Those were the days!

When I was showing USEA, I would probably drop around $500-600 for a weekend. I did only 1 or 2 shows a year because it was so expensive for me. I don't travel much - so my horse shows counted at my vacations.
Show entry: ~$200
Stall for the weekend: ~$100
Bedding for horse: ~$30
Hotel for 2 nights (split usually between 3-4 of us): ~$50-75
Food: ~$75 (I hated to pack coolers and food for myself- too much other stuff to worry about with the horse, I prefer to buy at the show grounds out of convenience)
Hauling: ~$120 (about a 1.5 hr drive from Cincy to Lexington, I don't have a trailer so had to catch rides)

No more showing for us anymore. Aside from my pony is a little older, I just have no desire anymore to drop all the cash, be super stressed out, and come home with a $2 ribbon. I still enjoy going to watch my friends!
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post #5 of 21 Old 05-18-2017, 08:06 AM
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There are so many variables...trailering yourself vs. hiring/renting that out, having a trainer with or not, the level of the show...however, I've learned that pretty much anything that has to do with horses is $$$!
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post #6 of 21 Old 05-18-2017, 10:09 AM
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If you stick to local shows then you can keep the cost down to about 50-100 for the day, even less depending on the amount of classes you enter. If you go to breed shows or association shows your costs will be higher. I spent around 450-500 per weekend when I was doing the AQHA shows. I haven't done my first ranch horse show yet but it looks to me like it will be around a $200 weekend.
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post #7 of 21 Old 05-18-2017, 10:28 AM
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For me the entries are cheap it's all the other stuff! Fuel, motel rooms, food.

The closest local show is about a hour and half away. Classes are $15 each, no cattle classes. A day showing costs me about $100 with fuel and lunch there.

Last year I was going to a ranch horse series once a month. The classes were cheap $35 each, then a one time cattle charge of $35. I showed in 3 cattle classes, 2 "dry" classes. The series was 4.5 hrs drive, all day show starting at 8 am, usually ending about 6pm so I usually got a room and stalls the before and night after. $140, for rooms, $40 for stalls. I usually pack an ice chest with sandwich stuff, water and beer but I'll still eat out once. $250 for fuel. I can easily blow $500 in a
There's plenty I can do to make it cheaper but I dont.

Rodeos close to home, $65 to rope, $65 for a ranch horse event if they have it. $100+ in fuel depending on where it is. Again I pack an ice chest but I'll still grab a

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post #8 of 21 Old 05-18-2017, 10:37 AM
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Our local class show entry fees are like $5-$6. The "fancier" shows are anywhere from $15-$25 a class.
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post #9 of 21 Old 05-18-2017, 10:37 AM
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I show reined cowhorse, so the added element of cows adds $$$$$$$ to the show bill. My shows are not near me, so I typically drive anywhere from 2-4 hours to get to a show (my truck gets good gas mileage but still it averages between $50-$150/show). Last show I went to, I entered just one class (not usual for us) and the entry fee was $185. This show gives great day prizes and also checks up through a certain placing. Luckily the last two of these shows, I've been in the money. The usual club I show with we do two classes - one club class and one national class. For one show entry fees typically are about $360 for the two classes. Of course the entry fee numbers do not include gas. I typically do not stay overnight, but if I do I will stay with friends. Except for the upcoming shows. I have two, three day shows. The one show is the club show and I am doing what they call a "Spectacular" where I do herd work and then the typical reining/cow class. Plus I'll do my regular two classes for the horse show portion of the show. That will cost me over $1200 (entry fees & Pi's stall) and we will be getting a hotel. That is Memorial Day weekend. Then end of June I'll do the national show - we'll again do the Spectacular and then the one national class I'm doing this year, plus will add on some miscellaneous (concurrently run) classes (AQHA amatuer boxing & a senior class) and we'll do the "new" class, called "Step-up Boxing" which is an interim class to going down the fence. That will cost me about the same as the three day club class - stalls are more pricey and class fees a little more price. Plus I'll get a hotel. Added costs are lessons, herd practice at the shows, meals, etc.

Local Arena shows are CHEAP compared to cow classes, LOL. And may circuits out here will have a flat rate for all classes if you wanted to go that route (enter as many classes as you want for a flat fee). If I didn't love the cow work so much, arena shows would be a piece of cake!
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The cost can be extremely variable, depending both at the level of show, the number of judges, and if you enter more then one division ( Amateur and open, for example)
I am not including stall fees, travel, lodging, just show fees
Thus, on weekend breed show, with, say, three judges , you pay that entry fee for each judge, so a $10 per class that adds up to thirty . There is often a flat day rate, put per devison only , so even if you have the day rate in say amateur, of perhaps $100 , then you still have to pay the individual rate, if also entering a few open classes . Then there are show fees,point fees stall fees.
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