KUDOS to Chris Kappler (COTH Op-Ed 21 Jan 2013)
"We Have to Re-Examine Show Jumping's Prize Money Structure" is Chris Kappler's new Op-Ed in the COTH, and I believe he is right on the mark!
In Ireland, Amateurs do NOT get prize money - they get prizes for the top placings as well as their ribbons. And now that the Amateur divisions have been around a while, there are specific "Championship" Leagues and qualifications for Dublin Horse Show as well. Not to mention, entry fees are NOT at the US nosebleed levels (even at a show such as Dublin!) ;)
Otherwise, people ride at the fence heights the horses need and compete with the pros. Double clears are always rewarded, which is nice ;)
So, well said, Kris! What incentive does ANYONE have to learn and move up if the money is so high at the low levels??!! And that is true in the HUNTERS as well as the JUMPERS!