It’s a universal complaint: horses are expensive. They’re extra expensive if you want to compete. But have you ever wondered why horse shows are so costly? It’s usually because they’re pricey to produce.
Here are some figures from a recent show my local GMO hosted:
After charitable donations to local therapeutic riding programs, the show made a profit of about $3,800. That profit will be used for various things, including:
- Subsidizing a junior rider camp
- Subsidizing clinics for GMO members (e.g. offering a clinic for $40/lesson instead of the clinician’s usual $100/lesson rate)
- Purchasing year end awards
- Hosting schooling shows; schooling shows usually manage to pay for themselves (sometimes with a small profit!), but sometimes do not
- Purchasing various things for the GMO. For example, last year, the group bought a dressage arena and a cargo trailer to transport it in. This meant the group could a) use venues that did not have a dressage ring and b) stop borrowing the other GMO’s arena, which was inconvenient and time consuming, as they’re at the other end of the state.
Are you involved in putting on horse shows? How do these numbers compare to your organization’s expenses?