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Average cost of a One Day Event? 3DE?

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  • Average cost of a One Day Event? 3DE?

    I am in Australia and have a daughter who events. She isn't doing FEI levels, but a friend of mine's daughter is doing 1*. I nearly fell off my chair when she told me what the entry and stabling fees were for a recent 3 Day, which got me wondering what the costs might be in the US? Or where would I look to find that information? I am really just curious!

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    • #3
      It varies a lot-- in this part of the country a one day is typically $200- $250 for the entry (higher levels are on the more expensive end) and $300-$400 for the FEI levels. Stabling is generally $50- $100/ night.


      • #4
        Here out west, the average cost for a full on 3 day is $300 with stabling at about $150 - $200. One day trials are obviously cheaper at about $85 - $120. Upper levels are more. The most fun I had was at a 3 days early this year where they had corrals at a cost of $75 for the weekend. So managed to save money there but I still was able to blow almost $200 on a pair of breeches I had to have from the mobile tack shop.


        • #5
          We did Intermediate to CIC* for 10 years --my CPA husband figured the average cost was $1000/ HT. He did not differentiate between 1 day and 3 day --but he included gas, meals (away from home), motel, in with the entry fees, health papers, cost of memberships for horse and child, riding equipment (saddles, vests) and pretty much anything that money was spent on that we would not have purchased if we didn't have an event horse. He did not include trainer fees as we use trainers regardless of the discipline. He did add in clinic fees. He was very thorough. While it might appear that there are cheaper ways to show, I think if there were, we would have found them. One consideration we discussed to save $ was a LQ trailer --but Mr. CPA figured with depreciation and maintenance and winter storage it wouldn't save us enough to justify cost. If someone used an LQ more than 10 times a year (that's the number of HT we did), it might be worth thinking about.


          • #6
            You can look at entry fees for all the US shows on USEA. Someone posted the link above. Not everyone has their cost info up yet, but I looked up some of the CIC 1* three day events and here are some of the costs (you'll find some areas are more expensive). You can also look at last years which still has costs up. CIC1* hover around $300-$400, CIC2* $300-550, CIC 3* around $500-600.

            Area I - $410 division + $55 stabling/night
            Area II - $375 division + $55 stabling
            Area II - $425 division + $200 stabling
            Area III - $345 division + $130 stabling
            Area III - $300 division + $165 stabling
            Area III - $450 division + $200 stabling
            Area VI - $375 division + $150 stabling
            Area VI - $330 division + $130 stabling
            Area VII - $385 division + $120 stabling
            Area VIII - $625 division (stabling included)


            • Original Poster

              Thanks so much. My friend paid $900 for entry and stabling for a 3Day 1*. That is way beyond what I could afford so I'm pretty happy my daughter isn't doing those levels! Other than that, I think we pay bit more than you guys do on average, but not totally out of line. It's a very expensive sport, no matter where you live!


              • #8
                Yikes! That is quite a bit more when you do the currency conversion. At the lower levels it is definitely a bit easier on the pocket book.