Not to mention, 4 recognized events before stabling, gas, food, time off work if you need it, etc is upwards of $800. Most of the people I know, myself included, attend a mix of recognized and unrecognized shows to offset some costs once in a while and you obviously can't qualify at unrecognized events.
I am a huge supporter of the long format and I hope to do one but it truly is not as easy to get to one as some people are making it out to be. Maybe if they only required two or three events at the level, or just made the requirements completion as opposed to limits on penalties it would be more straightforward. I think right now people have to jump through too many hoops to make it a real goal of theirs.