Unique Barn Offerings/Affordable Ways to Compete
This is a question in response to another thread that mentioned WEF leases such as: http://www.castlewoodfarmsales.com/WEF_Leases.html
I was wondering if anyone has stumbled upon other barns throughout the country that allow riders to show competitively, but through a unique program or for a more affordable rate. Or simply other specific barn suggestions (website?) that are high quality and attend shows, but are very affordable with regard to boarding, lessons, and fees.
Where I live it seems to be black and white: you ride at a show barn for $1,500+ board alone, or you ride at a low-quality lesson factory with no chance to advance.
As a spinoff, are certain areas of the country more affordable than others for competitive high quality riding? For example, showing around Virginia/Kentucky rather than New York/Connecticut? Or is the cost of an A horse show just what it is, not matter how many ways you slice it?
Thanks for some input or suggestions!