Eight ways to cut costs at horse shows in 2017

IMG_9006

Perris-April-770x170

 

Eight ways to cut costs at horse shows in 2017

Eventing, like all pursuits involving the fickle, fragile four-leggeds we all love, isn’t cheap. Here are some ways to make competing in this sport easier on your cheque book:

1) Plan your schedule and enter early.
Almost all recognized events charge a late fee if you enter after the closing date. You can avoid paying this $50 (sometimes more) if you plan your calendar carefully. Make sure to write down not only the dates of the shows, but their respective opening and closing dates. (Some shows even have “early bird discounts” that are $50 less than the regular entry fee—keep an eye out for these).

2) Split rides to the venue when possible.
If you have a barn friend competing at the show, you can cut gas costs (and be greener) by hauling together. It can be fun to walk courses together and cheer each other on.

3) Buy ice on the way.
If you compete above Training level, you probably ice your horse’s legs after cross country. Buying ice at the venue is often more expensive than buying it at a petrol station on the way.

4) Bring your own bedding and hay.
If you’re stabling at the venue, it’s much more cost-effective to bring bedding and hay than to buy it there. Just put it in the back of your truck or trailer, underneath a tarp in case of rain.

5) Explore off-site stabling options.
I have housed my horse for the weekend at farms nearby. This can be a great option, especially if your horse would prefer to be in a field than a stall. Given that you might be facing $15 a night rather than $100, it might be worth hauling a few minutes to the show in the morning.

6) Learn to braid!
Paying someone to braid your horse every time you show can add up.

7) Bring your own food.
I always brought a pack lunch to school instead of buying it as a kid, and I guess I’ve kept doing that at horse shows! Pack some bagels, apples, and chocolate (to celebrate if you win or comfort you if you fall off). I guarantee you the horse show food will be much more expensive than what you buy at the supermarket.

8) Don’t skimp on what really matters.
Yes, do try to cut costs on showing this year. But make sure your priority is still your safety and your horse’s safety and soundness. If you need to poultice him and you forgot to bring poultice, buy it at the on-site tack shop. Also, if you’ve saved money through these tips, think about putting funds towards buying an air vest, and, of course, toward more lessons as we all strive to become better riders and horse people.

As you can see, most of these money-saving ideas require some extra planning. In the end, though, they could save you hundreds of dollars this year.

Have other ideas on how to cut costs at shows this year? Share them!

Scroll for more top stories on Eventing Connect

bitofbritain-Week1

 

Wednesday’s SCOOP from Eastern Hay | Eventing Connect   Wednesday’s SCOOP from Eastern Hay Today’s SCOOP sponsor: Eastern Hay is the premier source of hay bales in Eastern USA…

Tuesday’s Top 10 – Insane things only eventers do while driving | Eventing Connect WARNING: Only read if you have a sense of humour Check in every Tuesday for our Top 10 list that could feature just about anyone or anyt…

Eastern Hay 770x170-March-2

Your quick guide to the 2017 Rolex CCI4* competition field | Eventing Connect   Connect with the Rolex Kentucky CCI4* action: [Website] [Schedule] [Draw Order] Your quick guide to the 2017 Rolex CCI4* competit…

Would you like to win a custom Perri’s halter for your horse? Submit your horse’s name and a picture… | Eventing Connect   Win a custom halter if your horse has the most awesome Spring-themed name (all entries accepted !) We are thrilled to partner with …

Past Rolex Kentucky CCI4* winners in action – VIDEO Break | Eventing Connect   Connect with the Rolex Kentucky CCI4* action: [Website] [Schedule] [Draw Order] Past Rolex Kentucky CCI4* winners in action – V…

You could win over $1000 in prizes. Choose your Rolex Fantasy Eventing Teams today. | Eventing Connect   You could win over $1000 in prizes. Choose your Rolex Fantasy Eventing Teams today. NO ENTRY FEE – PLAY FOR FREE  CHOOSE T…

Last Week TODAY | Eventing Connect   Last Week TODAY Catch up on interesting tidbits that you might have missed last week. We work hard to catch all the good stuff so y…

This dressage horse has some absolutely wild moves – VIDEO Break | Eventing Connect   This dressage horse has some absolutely wild moves – VIDEO Break Some horses are more athletic than others, and far too often the…

14 Photos of cute mini horses to console you after a bad horse show | Eventing Connect   14 Photos of cute mini horses to console you after a bad horse show Bad horse shows are an inevitable part of being an equestrian. …

Eventing absolutely slaying it on Instagram this weekend | Eventing Connect   Eventing absolutely slaying it on Instagram this weekend Instagram connects the world through photos and eventers love to share the…

Don’t miss these two Rolex contests. Win a 2018 Rolex round trip, quality tack and cash from Bit of Britain | Eventing Connect   Enter today for the chance to win these great prizes from Bit of Britain It’s the most wonderful time of the year as the four-star …

Proof that every barn needs goats in pajamas – VIDEO Break | Eventing Connect   Proof that every barn needs goats in pajamas – VIDEO Break What’s cuter than little goats? Little goats dressed in pajamas! Thes…

How to get press coverage for Eventing in your local community | Eventing Connect   How to get press coverage for Eventing in your local community Do you ever read your hometown newspaper with absolute envy when you…

11 Flawless show jumping pictures that will inspire you today and every day | Eventing Connect   11 Flawless show jumping pictures that will inspire you today and every day Show jumping is really an artform. It takes an incred…

Rider Connect from Bit of Britain: Charlotte Collier | Eventing Connect    Rider Connect sponsor: Bit of Britain has been a trusted source for quality horse tack and equestrian clothing since 1987. Ri…

1995 Newdale H.T. Advanced cross-country action – VIDEO Break | Eventing Connect   1995 Newdale H.T. Advanced cross-country action – VIDEO Break Take a trip back in time to the 1995 Newdale Horse Trials in Wester…

2017 Rolex Kentucky CCI4* to premiere “Champions Live!” Event | Eventing Connect   Connect with the Rolex Kentucky CCI4* action: [Website] [Schedule] [Draw Order] 2017 Rolex Kentucky CCI4* to premiere “Champion…

Dressage judge comments scribes did write: Part 26 | Eventing Connect   Dressage judge comments scribes did write: Part 26 People from all over the world read, Tuesday’s Top 10 – Dressage judge comments…

11 “Oh no you didn’t” moments every horse owner has faced | Eventing Connect   11 “Oh no you didn’t” moments every horse owner has faced Horses are like toddlers on steroids. Actually, they’re more like Godzi…

Delving into the minds of four-star riders – Joe Meyer (NZL) | Eventing Connect   Delving into the minds of four-star riders – Joe Meyer (NZL) There is a significant difference between an equestrian and an Event…


Send a picture of your shabby breeches for a chance to win a CHIC pair from Noel Asmar Equestrian | Eventing Connect   Send a picture of your shabby breeches for a chance to win a CHIC pair from Noel Asmar Equestrian We are beyond excited to partner …