Which of the Olympic disciplines fetches the highest average horse prices?
Slow day at work so I did some searching on COTH... my curiosity is peaked on this question...
Which discipline fetches the highest horse prices on average? And how do they compare?
For example, a horse shown successfully to what level in Eventing would cost the same as the same horse (age, breed, etc) shown successfully to some level in Dressage? Prelim eventer = confirmed 2nd level Dressage? 3rd level? And what about just pure Show-Jumping? What height jumper would cost the same as a confirmed 2nd level Dressage horse of the same age, breeding, sex, etc? We can even throw Hunters in the mix if we'd like...
I know this is very open-ended & depends on MANY market factors... but just curious what others' opinions would be.
I would have guessed jumpers too. I would have placed eventers lowest and Dressage horses second. I'm incorporating prevalence of stallions in that a lot too, I think you get more geldings in eventing than the other two, and the money to be made after the competition career, in breeding, must be a factor.
Personally I would not use an average price as a few high dollar sales can really skew the number. I would use a median price, where 50% of the sales are lower and 50% of the sales are higher. It's a more accurate measure of price stability.
Um, reining joins the olympics as of 2012 according to
what I am reading in results from a Google search.
Since it has not previously been an Olympic Sport or had a "try out" as an Olympic sport, I would imagine from what you just posted that it will be part of the 2012 Olympics as a DEMONSTRATION sport. That means it may or may not become an Olympic regular after 2012. Since the IOC is constantly trying to cut back Equestrian sports in the Olympics (expensive to stage), if Reining does become a part of the Olympics, it may mean bye-bye to Show Jumping or Eventing, events more expensive to stage, or vaulting (probably less interest). On the other hand, many, many more countries can field Show Jumping teams (probably the most heavily contested event) and eventers than reiners, so who knows? While is is not the "traditional" equestrian sport, I have nothing against reining, just was commenting that it's a WEG sport at present.
Now, I like vaulting, too, and I have never figured out why it isn't more popular with the "general public." I mean, they absolutely ADORE the little gymnasts, so cute girls (and guys) in leotards on HORSES!!! What's not to like? LOL
But (tongue in cheek) reining is NOT AT THIS MOMENT (12-30-11) an Olympic sport. ROFLOL