Are you kidden ME!!! RE - Examine show jumpings prize money.
This weeks Chronicles article by Chris Kapler. This Thread could get long and dirty with just my opinion alone on the article.
" It's the duty of the federation to create a sport that encourages people to get better. It should be that the higher they jump, the more money they may win" BS! :mad:
I ride every day to improve my skills so I should be ready for the higher level. the Federation then can go buy my $100,000.00 horse to go and jump in a $25,000 Grand Prix. No, I'll just take a second mortgage out on the house to try and pay for my Grand Prix horse. :no:
I wouldn't compete in Dressage, there is no Prize Money
when I can enter in Jumper classes at Horse Shows that offer $15,000 prize money. (which the winner usually only gets $4,000). It cost Mucho Money to keep these horses healthy. Every win helps and supports my Horse Show traveling account so I can plan my next show.
Does Chris not get it, most Amateurs have full time jobs or in school. This is not going to be their career. I have many students who goals is to make it to the High Child/Adult so they can try for the money classes. This is probable as far as they will go. Due to time and money and cost of new horse. To win in a big money class at 1.15 against 64 horses is all I need. 1.15 to 1.20 is as high as I want to go.
And you get in the higher levels you have pay Nomination Fees.
If they change this rule I just as well go into Reining or Barrel racing. These riding discipline offer large Prize money to Amateurs.