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  • 170,000 of 600,000 WEG Tickets Sold to Date

    A Facebook dressage friend of mine posted this ticket information from her "sources". No verification obviously, but interesting. If true, there's a lot of tickets still to be sold. Anybody else have info on how the ticket sales are doing?
    "No matter how well you perform there's always somebody of intelligent opinion who thinks it's lousy." - Laurence Olivier

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    Don't know much about it but I did think they were WAY too expensive for Dressage. I had paid the deposit and after I figured out that I was spending $1500 just for tickets, not including the (probably impossible to find) lodging, let alone travel, I sold mine to a friend.

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    • #3
      I think cost is a real factor. I went to the WEG's in Aachen and my tickets for all of the dressage were about $300 US and I was able to buy tickets to see some of the other events when I was there and they were very reasonable. I'm not sure who's in charge of the WEG decisions but given the economy - they are in for a rude awakening on this event. I spoke to vendors at DAD and they said they wanted to get space at the WEG's but it was just too expensive - $12,000 for a 10x10 space. So they opted not to go to the event.
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      • #4
        And the Economy is still lousy too

        Originally posted by rebecca yount View Post
        Don't know much about it but I did think they were WAY too expensive for Dressage. I had paid the deposit and after I figured out that I was spending $1500 just for tickets, not including the (probably impossible to find) lodging, let alone travel, I sold mine to a friend.

        Since I live in the NY Metro area the WEG is totally out of my budget. I am still on the fence about going to Rolex 3 Day Event next month and the only reason I am considering it is because they are including the Test Events for Dressage and SJ. But I am getting hit left and right with unexpected bills the last two months.

        Honestly, my splurge was last year when I went to Rolex because there was such a big contingent of European/Aussie riders (Lucinda Fredericks, Bettina Hoy, etc.) that I knew I would never get the chance of seeing elsewhere and I wanted to check out the new Stadium (very nice) so I took the plunge $$$. Plus there is no way I want to pay for it on my credit card (given the interest rates they charge) if I cannot pay for it all up front.

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        • #5
          And then there is the co$t of lodging.......
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          • #6
            I got all excited about going to the WEG...then saw the prices. I have decided not to go, as have all my students. It was actually cheaper to fly to Vegas for the World Cup (from Ontario) and watch all the Dressage AND Show Jumping and stay for a week than to go to the WEG to watch and stay just for Dressage.
            My friends and I are going to Devon instead!
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            • #7
              Put me in the "too expensive" camp.

              If I'm going to spend that much money, I'm going to Europe.

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              • #8
                I assumed for the past couple of years that I would go. I went to Atlanta in 96, I go to Rolex, of course I wouldn't miss the WEG!
                And then I saw the ticket prices and the price gougeing hotel rooms.
                So, screw 'em.
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                • #9
                  I had to laugh when Ms. Editorial Dressage COTH (sorry, can't remember her name, no disrespect intended) opined that one should "just give up a lesson" in order to afford WEG tickets. Don't know about you, but at $90 for a HALF A DAY of dressage and $180 for a full day, I could take more than one lesson. And that's just ONE day.. hardly worth the air fare to Kentucky from California!

                  Yeah, I know the really big names charge more than $90, but my instructor has all her medals, and a friend of mine who HAS trained with BNTs considers her an excellent instructor. $180 would get me three lessons and leave me with some change. So, in order to see.....oh, maybe some 3-day, and a couple of days of GP dressage (including the freestyle)..I'm supposed to give up about two or three MONTHS of lessons? I'll wait for the DVD, which will probably cost about $30 and probably give me a better view, if not every ride. LOL

                  Obviously, even COTH buys into "If you own a horse you must have loads of $$$$." (granted, compared to those below the poverty line, even us lower-middle income folks are "rich"). Even their touching stories of Ammys are usually about married, well supported, high income earning ammies, usually with multiple horses. I never see anything about someone making under $70K (or under $50K) as a "touching" ammy story about someone showing in Florida in the winter, or just "flying down for the weekends" - probably because those of us who hang in there and support our horses on lower incomes don't get to show as much or make as big a splash as the "financially secure" ammies. Heck, I managed to support two horses through 7 months of unemployment after I was laid off last year. But you can bet I wasn't going to any shows, or lessons, OR PUTTING A DEPOSIT DOWN ON WEG TICKETS!! ROFLOL

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                  • #10
                    Just for fun, I just priced a ticket through Ticketmaster.
                    One seat, for the GP Freestyle, October 1, at 7pm,
                    is $140 + 7.50 convenience charge = $147.50.

                    The seat is in a pretty good location, and although it's tempting, flying into Louisville, Cinncinati or Lexington is a problem (airline routing and connections).

                    About the vendors...I also heard the same as posted earlier: space is very expensive, and many are opting for Devon instead.

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                    • #11
                      Yes, the tickets are expensive, but it's a vacation and I'm really excited about going. I have tickets to all the eventing and to the dressage freestyle. I haven't been on a big vacation in a couple years, and this will be it for another few years. The hotel room is pricey, but if you share and divide it two or three ways it is not quite so bad.

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                      • #12
                        I remember seeing not long ago an article that said they were at 160,000 so that seems about right. But I don't know how it compares to other similar events at this stage so can't say what's "normal."

                        They did some repricing on the hotels but I think that was only after uproar and pressure from national teams.

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                        • #13
                          I do have hotel reservations for the dressage, and eventing part, and also the following weekend for the driving marathon. Not sure which I will go to, or Devon. I have not missed Devon since 1994, so hard to break tradition.

                          Just a hint for the hotels - think about driving a bit. I got a great deal an hour out, and that is what I had to drive in Atlanta, or even just to go to our local shows like the International. People here are use to driving that distance to get to work every day, so why not?

                          The tickets are really crazy though. I may just decide to go to Devon, then the following week, a 2 day trip for the driving part.

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                          • #14
                            Since I would have to fly from CA anyways I could see them in Europe and pay about the same amount AND get a nice overseas vacation out of it.

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                            • #15
                              I have to admit, I would love to go. I too think of it as a vacation. The problem is, and I know I am not alone, if I am going to take a vacation I am going to do it with my husband. Although he is supportive of my riding, and has rode with me on vacations, I am not about to make him sit through that type of vacation. For that cost the two of us could go skiing in Aspen, or travel south.

                              I think that cost is down right too high, especially for a Country that wants to promote a sport. From the ticket prices, to the other charges to possible vendors everyone seems to be getting dinged. I fear the cost, will send the incorrect message.

                              Something to consider. There are a lot of people that get to see, the who's who at smaller venues like Devon, Gold Coast and many others around the country for a fraction of the cost. People with a lot of money and show see these people all the time. It seems the intended market may have been missed by the cost, or maybe I missed the intended market?

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                              • #16
                                I think the ticket prices are simply ridiculous. I'm going because I live 15 minutes from the Park so don't have to worry about travel and hotel. But I know many locals who aren't going because of the price. The organizers have pretty much shot themselves in the foot to capture that market. Last time I checked, Kentucky is an "economically challenged" state, and the general population will shy away like wild deer if they think they'll have to pay those prices. General admission isn't too much, but I'm sure the food vendors won't be cheap. So it will be an expensive day in the Park no matter what you do.

                                I'm also volunteering for maybe a couple of the other events, so I'll get in that way. But another concern is housing for the volunteers. You need a small army to run the eventing and driving marathons, and they haven't figured out where those people are going to stay. It's completely unreasonable to ask them to give up their time and spend so much money for hotels. Pretty discouraging that they haven't figured it out at this stage.

                                OK, vent over, got that off my chest! I'm really looking forward to seeing ALL the dressage rides, this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for me.

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                                • #17
                                  I also cannot understand WHY they scheduled the Dressage at the WEG'S to conflict with Dressage at Devon!! What Bozo did the scheduling? They could have pushed Dressage back at the WEG's so there was no conflict.
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                                  • #18
                                    I have tickets to the freestyle, but I'm pretty local and don't have to worry about travel and hotel. That said, I would have bought more tickets had they been more reasonable (and can I say that the Ticketmaster "handling fees" on each ticket is ridiculous).

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                                    • #19
                                      Originally posted by carolprudm View Post
                                      And then there is the co$t of lodging.......
                                      If you can find any. I am told that almost everything is sold out and that which is not is very expensive.

                                      I live 10 minutes from the park and will only be going to XC. I am not interested enough in the rest to spend the $$ on tickets.

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                                      • #20
                                        I wanted to go (desperately) and even had a friend offer to let me piggy back on her lodging arrangements (they are renting a house ) for free. But I can't afford the airfare or tickets I can't even skip lessons to pay for it since I work mine off
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