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    http://www.eurodressage.com/equestri...xtortion-games

  • #2
    It's shocking, I wonder how many people around the globe are giving it a miss because of the embarrassing prices?

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    • #3
      Such a shame.
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      • #4
        I am amazed at how many folks are canceling their plans to go after they get the "new" hotel costs etc. Five of my friends have put their tickets up for sale because the costs have become outrageous. And these are not folks who are struggling to make ends meet.

        While the organizers have tried to provide a nice experience, it seems that the surrounding community has gouged the potential customer base to the point of risking failure of the games.

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        • #5
          Wow, thats saddening. I really dont understand why the prices had to be so high.
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          • #6
            Originally posted by nomeolvides View Post
            It's shocking, I wonder how many people around the globe are giving it a miss because of the embarrassing prices?

            I'm sure lots are. The amount of greed involved is a real shame, and is embarrassing to our country. I've been told that everything is twice as expensive as other WEGs.
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            • #7
              Originally posted by lstevenson View Post
              I'm sure lots are. The amount of greed involved is a real shame, and is embarrassing to our country. I've been told that everything is twice as expensive as other WEGs.
              the downside of capitalism is sometimes you charge too much and piss people off...if there is an upside to that it would be that if you do it badly enough your business will never recover from it...and a better person takes your place


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              • #8
                I'm not going b/c of the prices, which is so sad. I was terribly excited when they announced the US as the destination, but can't even begin to justify being able to afford it.
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                • #9
                  As a US member of the Australian Stock Horse Society, I participated in a member survey with regard to where they would get the best bang for the buck in showcasing this versatile breed here in North American. A booth at the WEG was one option. They opted to spend their money elsewhere. . . .

                  I'd love to go, but the cost is prohibitive.
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                  • #10
                    I was talking to one of the vendors that usually has their stuff at the KHP--the WEG wanted TWENTY THOUSAND DOLLARS for them to rent a spot for a tack trailer at the games.

                    After spending several hundred dollars just to reserve the right to buy tickets, jumping through 10,000 hoops (over and over and over) to be counted among those worthy to volunteer, only to be told I wasn't qualified to do anything but help sell T-shirts, I gave up. I'll buy the DVD, watch it on TV or something, but will save my days off and my money for my own horse show season.
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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by nomeolvides View Post
                      It's shocking, I wonder how many people around the globe are giving it a miss because of the embarrassing prices?
                      Forget around the globe - I'm an 8 hour drive away and it's not worth it.
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                      • #12
                        I'm 10 minutes down the road and am planning to just go for x-c day alone. Way too $$$!!!

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                        • #13
                          While a lot of it is gouging, especially the hotels which is absolutely absurd, I think we are also being "charged" more to host it than our European counterparts. I heard that somewhere, and the same goes for World Cup when we we host it.

                          A lot of it has also been piss poor planning on the part of the organizations hired to run and plan it. They have been completely unorganized, I mean it's not like they had 4+ years to get ready for it. Vendors are even charged a fee to restock their booths, unless you can or want to do it between the hours of 4-5am.

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                          • #14
                            I'm 20 minutes from the Horse Park, and I'll be in Puerto Rico during the games. We rented our house out first thing. I knew it would be very expensive, and I honestly don't think Lexington is going to be ready for it, which is the main reason we punted. They can barely handle Rolex
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                            • #15
                              Balked too ...

                              I balked when tickets went on sale because the costs were astronomical and, like Bacchus, I lack confidence in it being less than a stellar tourist outing. For that sort of cash, you want it to be spectacular as a vacation - not just an equestrian competition.
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                              • #16
                                Originally posted by deltawave View Post
                                I was talking to one of the vendors that usually has their stuff at the KHP--the WEG wanted TWENTY THOUSAND DOLLARS for them to rent a spot for a tack trailer at the games.

                                After spending several hundred dollars just to reserve the right to buy tickets, jumping through 10,000 hoops (over and over and over) to be counted among those worthy to volunteer, only to be told I wasn't qualified to do anything but help sell T-shirts, I gave up. I'll buy the DVD, watch it on TV or something, but will save my days off and my money for my own horse show season.
                                ditto! There was no way we were going to have the money to go...made peace with that one immediately - have hoped that there will be online subscriptions similar to Rolex - I loved every minute of it!
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                                • #17
                                  Imagine how expensive the merchandise is going to be while the vendors are trying to recoup their costs. I wouldn't imagine there would be very many deals to be had.

                                  I think it would do alot if the organizers would drop ticket prices at this point and offer free parking or shuttle service to anyone who bought tickets before the price drop.

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                                  • #18
                                    Kentucky has 10% unemployment and a poverty rate well above the national average (and rising)

                                    And this from yesterday's Lexington Herald-Leader:

                                    Here's what a $636 upgrade will get you

                                    Organizers of the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games are offering $636 daily hospitality passes to those who want to upgrade their regular tickets.

                                    The passes allow access to the Maker's Mark Bourbon Village and include live entertainment, all-inclusive fine dining and premium bar, personalized concierge services, high-end boutique shopping, access to a private patio overlooking the cross country course, on-site shuttle service and an air-conditioned pavilion.
                                    That they can do this with a straight face in this economy says a lot about their arrogance.

                                    At this point, I wouldn't even go as someone's +1.

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                                    • #19
                                      I have elected not to go afterall...I cannot justify $200 a night at a Quality Inn over an hour away. I will save my money for Rolex.
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                                      • #20
                                        Originally posted by deltawave View Post
                                        jumping through 10,000 hoops (over and over and over) to be counted among those worthy to volunteer, only to be told I wasn't qualified to do anything but help sell T-shirts, I gave up.
                                        Yeah, I jumped through the hoops (several YEARS worth) too -- and withdrew my name after this ridiculousness:

                                        Email 1:"Congratulations, you have been accepted as an equine crossing guard!"

                                        Email 2: "We're sorry, you have not been accepted as a volunteer."

                                        Email 3: "Congratulations, you have been accepted as a volunteer, please go to X website and fill out your info, what jobs you want to do, and when you can work." Uh, I did that already like a year ago, but ok....

                                        Email 4: We're sorry, you have not been accepted as a volunteer."

                                        Email 5: Congratulations, please go to Y website...."

                                        Screw that, they obviously can't organize their way out of a paperbag and I won't be part of that giant cluster-you-know-what. I'll save my drive time and energy for the T3DE.
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