Riding opportunities and costs in Calgary
My husband and I are thinking about moving to Calgary and I'm curious as to what riding opportunities there are for hunting and show jumping, and what the rough cost of things is like.
We're from New Zealand, but currently travelling. Keeping horses in NZ is quite different from Canada, so I'm really trying to get a feel for what it would be like before seriously looking at moving.
Are there good instructors for show jumping? I know Spruce Meadows is very handy - does that mean there are regular shows? What's the story with leasing/half leasing - do people lease out good horses ie jumping 1.10m and up? Or would I need to own?
Hunting - I'll ask in the hunting forum, but if anyone knows anything about it that would be good too.
Keeping horses - in NZ all my horses have lived outside 24/7 (apart from being stabled the night before the odd event) - but I'm guessing most live in during winter? Roughly how much does it cost to keep a horse in the area, relatively close to the city? I know this is like asking how long a piece of string is :)
Any help gratefully received, Thanks