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    ENTRY: AEC: Early entry discount Opening Date to Aug. 3 - $280.00 ($80 USEA Nominating Fee and $25 non refundable office fee included); Aug. 4 to Closing Date - $380.00 ($80 USEA Nominating Fee and $25 non refundable office fee included)

    STABLING: $200.00 Wed, Sept.8 to Mon, Sept.13, $30.00 for each additional day.
    Stall deposit: $25.00 (separate check).

    GROUNDS FEE: $100.00 (for competing horse not stabled on grounds)
    Is this higher than in previous years? It seems like an exorbinant amount of money, and will surely be discouraging the lower level riders, and those travelling in. When adding in hotels, gas, food... I'm looking at nearly $1k. For one weekend. That seems a little... insane.

    Putting on my flamesuit, but I'd love to hear thoughts and opinions on that. I wonder what the entry lists are going to look like..............

  • #2
    well, coming from hunterland, I couldn't help but to think "that's astonishingly cheap." We pay an easy $2k for 4 days at an A show, not even a national level one.

    National level shows aren't cheap, and they're only going to get more expensive as fewer competitors go and the costs have to be spread over fewer riders and horses.
    Originally posted by PeanutButterPony
    you can shackle your pony to a lawn chair at the show...so long as its in a conservative color.

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    • #3
      I seem to remember paying close to that at Lamplight 3 years ago. Stabling ends up being about $33/ night if you stay all that time, which is a deal compared to most events.

      Chatt Hills venue is gorgeous, and huge. It's going to take an immense amount of organizing and set-up, and all sorts of amenities to keep an AECs crowd happy and the whole thing functioning smoothly - and alas that doesn't come cheaply. It will be done right, that is seriously becoming a kickass facility!

      It IS a chunk of change, but I think it's pretty fair. I wish I were going...


      ETA - It's only $480 if you enter before Aug 3rd

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      • #4
        Agree with the others who said it's much cheaper than H/J shows

        I am going to go 1. because it looks like a gorgeous facility and a lot of fun, 2. I love away shows because I get to forget my day job for a couple days, and 3. I am not sure how long my guy will be able to compete and want to enjoy every minute with him. We are qualified so I said, why not? We don't show over the summer months because of the hard ground so I'm saving up

        I think the cost for stabling is very reasonable (might just seem like a lot because of so many days) and the entry fee is just 200 when you take out the nominating fee. That's not much more than any other event...

        On another note, anyone else from around MD who wants to caravan or stable together please contact me!
        Last edited by inquisitive; Jul. 1, 2010, 08:03 AM. Reason: MD-ers

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        • #5
          Timeout... look at it again. If you get your entry fee in before August 4th, it's $280. That's probably less than $100 more than a non-championship event. And this $280 includes the nominating fee, because don't forget that this is a championship event...THE championship event.

          And read the refund section carefully. If you have to withdraw before closing date, you get your ENTIRE amount back (yes, including stabling) but minus $25. If you withdraw after closing date, you get the your entry fee back, but minus stabling. It's generous.

          As far as stabling goes, it's $200 from Wed - Mon. That's not outrageous. And this is top-class stabling, too - most of it is permanent, and the temporary stalls are going to be really nice as well.

          There aren't any other events that offer this amount of prize money and prizes (well, outside of Rolex) - there are many people who're working their tails off to make sure that this is special for everyone. Sure, we can't all afford to go every year, but everyone should try to come at least once.

          Also - I just want to say that the USEA really does try hard to make sure that everyone, from all levels, is included in our media coverage. We post photos of every single rider who competes in the cross-country and show jumping phases, and try to do as much video as possible. It's not just about the big guys - it's about everyone, and it's about the experience. We feel that if you qualified to be there and made the trip (no easy feat), you deserve recognition.
          Last edited by GreyDun; Jul. 1, 2010, 07:58 AM. Reason: media stuff
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          • #6
            i thought it was very reasonable for what it is...i remember as a kid going to pony club championships btwn entries and stabling it was easily in the same range. thats less than 50 a day for stabling which is less than at some of the regular HT's. im really looking forward to going! should be a good time at as top notch facility

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            • #7
              At Lamplight, I paid $500 to enter. It covered everything and there was no "early discount".

              This sounds like a great option to me!
              When in Doubt, let your horse do the Thinking!

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              • #8
                Originally posted by soloudinhere View Post
                well, coming from hunterland, I couldn't help but to think "that's astonishingly cheap." We pay an easy $2k for 4 days at an A show, not even a national level one.

                National level shows aren't cheap, and they're only going to get more expensive as fewer competitors go and the costs have to be spread over fewer riders and horses.
                My thoughts exactly - esp. about the cost of H/J shows . . . and when you get to GP level, $480 is about the cost of entering the class (assuming $30,000 in prize money or LESS) + the nominating fee. Oops, and to do the GP you're required to also compete in the Welcome Stakes - add another $150. Office fees, stabling, etc. are on top of this.

                The AEC's are a DEAL when viewed in that light!!
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                • #9
                  I LOVE the early entry discount!!! Heck yeah Definitely taking advantage of it

                  But man... I just worked my butt off this month to save up for the Fall... I did the math... between my August event as prep for the AECs, the AECs, the T3D, and a T3D clinic.......HOLY COW!!! That's a whole lotta money. And I'm going to have to work more extra shifts to cover the rest of it... not to mention the adequan and the chiro etc.

                  Now if I can just find time to ride to prep in between all these extra shifts....

                  But heck yeah!!! I'm getting sooooo excited!!! How much more fun can a gal have?!? AEC's, T3D clinic with Doug Payne, then the T3D!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Yeeehaw!!!

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                  • #10
                    I just entered Millbrook and, at Training and with stabling, it was over $300. Maybe something like $360?
                    If I weren't sneaking in a coffee break, I'd check
                    It was expensive, but it's the quality of the event and what it takes to run it. The jumps alone aren't cheap, never mind the bank complexes, etc. (Having been a boarder at a facility hosting a recognized event really puts all this in perspective).
                    ~T3DE 2010 Pact Clique~

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                    • #11
                      Do most shows charge a stall stripping fee? Seems like I remember someone telling me the area they moved from never charged this fee.. It always bothers me just a little. (.......and God bless who ever thought of doing away with this fee at the Carolina Horse Park) I usually figure the hotel is just a $10-20 bucks a night more and I get clean sheets and towels.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by barnmaven View Post
                        Do most shows charge a stall stripping fee? Seems like I remember someone telling me the area they moved from never charged this fee.. It always bothers me just a little. (.......and God bless who ever thought of doing away with this fee at the Carolina Horse Park) I usually figure the hotel is just a $10-20 bucks a night more and I get clean sheets and towels.
                        I'm used to it being a deposit... they keep the money if you don't clean your stall and the check is ripped up or returned if you do clean your stall.
                        ~T3DE 2010 Pact Clique~

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                        • #13
                          Yeah its a lot but they probably will still lose money. When you look at what a regular recognized event costs and then you look at all the extra officials, course preparation, etc. Its really not bad. Lamplight was about the same price. Seemed like a lot when I wrote the check but after helping out on the organization end of a few horse trials I've learned that its a big celebration if you can even break even. Having been to a couple of AECs in the past at Lamplight I guarantee that it costs easily this much to host this event.
                          -Painted Wings

                          Set youself apart from the crowd, ride a paint horse, you're sure to be spotted

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by GreyDun View Post
                            Timeout... look at it again. If you get your entry fee in before August 4th, it's $280. That's probably less than $100 more than a non-championship event. And this $280 includes the nominating fee, because don't forget that this is a championship event...THE championship event.

                            And read the refund section carefully. If you have to withdraw before closing date, you get your ENTIRE amount back (yes, including stabling) but minus $25. If you withdraw after closing date, you get the your entry fee back, but minus stabling. It's generous.

                            As far as stabling goes, it's $200 from Wed - Mon. That's not outrageous. And this is top-class stabling, too - most of it is permanent, and the temporary stalls are going to be really nice as well.

                            There aren't any other events that offer this amount of prize money and prizes (well, outside of Rolex) - there are many people who're working their tails off to make sure that this is special for everyone. Sure, we can't all afford to go every year, but everyone should try to come at least once.

                            Also - I just want to say that the USEA really does try hard to make sure that everyone, from all levels, is included in our media coverage. We post photos of every single rider who competes in the cross-country and show jumping phases, and try to do as much video as possible. It's not just about the big guys - it's about everyone, and it's about the experience. We feel that if you qualified to be there and made the trip (no easy feat), you deserve recognition.
                            Here's a plug for coming and volunteering - just this morning had a friend contact me from "up north" and she's coming - I plan on camping at least one night just to be out there with all the fun! Hope to see lots of COTHers riding and volunteering!

                            Make sure you go to the the USEA website and watch the new AEC video...lovely, REAL, look at courses and stabling and real competitors. A young woman I've watched grow up from an 8 year old child cutting out valentines while her mom evented to now eventing and WINNING herself is on the video...loved it!!!!
                            ~ it no longer matters what level I do, as long as I am doing it..~ with many thanks, to Elizabeth Callahan

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                            • #15
                              We qualified, but frankly can't afford it. Even with the early discount, it's $480 (including stabling, which you have to get). A very sad day when eventing becomes a rich kid's sport.

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                              • #16
                                Originally posted by Almost Heaven View Post
                                We qualified, but frankly can't afford it. Even with the early discount, it's $480 (including stabling, which you have to get). A very sad day when eventing becomes a rich kid's sport.
                                what's the charge for hauling in each day? I bet you could find folks willing to give your horse a stall for the week...I'm 75 minutes from Chatt Hills pulling a trailer - bet there are eventers closer than me willing to have you stable there.
                                ~ it no longer matters what level I do, as long as I am doing it..~ with many thanks, to Elizabeth Callahan

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                                • #17
                                  Full Gallop is costing me $347. The early discount price of $480 for a National Championship does not seem out of line to me. Its also 3 days instead of two.
                                  Entries in other disciplines for World or National shows are higher than regular rated shows as well.

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                                  • #18
                                    Honestly it doesn't seem all that expensive to me, for a national championship show. Especially since Chatt Hills is amazing. Heck, a regular event isn't too much cheaper!

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                                    • #19
                                      Let's look at it another way - why not make the quals a little more stringent, and ask the USEA to pick up the entry as a reward for accomplishment? Entrant would still have to pay stabling and travel.

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                                      • #20
                                        I'm laughing because out west, that's the NORM for a stupid normal event, not counting championships and there is no such thing as shipping in for a majority of shows. PLUS there are no once day shows around here like back east. I need to move! lol
                                        I went to Galway in Oct of last year for a novice level and spent over 1K including everything. Ridiculous.

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