Spending $600-700 on any regular basis is out of the question.
haha heck no! 600 bucks is ridiculous for me. I was lucky to hit I think maybe 3 A shows this whole summer and no schooling shows (that doesn't count the $300 in fuel to get there ).
That's just how I save money... I know some people who fork out over 2k per show....how the heck! Even one 2-day schooling show ends up at about $200 for me (just entries,stalls, fees).... so I figured I'd bump it a lil more and get something OUT of the show competition wise.
For not getting any prize money and MAYBE a 10cent ribbon, there has to be a better way to bring prices down, because YES people are priced out big time. I only did one week because I sold a saddle.... another because we sold some cattle, etc. I left MY horses at home for one too (only showed a client horse).
But alas, I don't really have any ideas on how to fix the problem, so I can't whine too much... I just put on a sad face and stay home... where I can jump a 4' course against myself