Everyone else seems to be doing this and I find the posts really interesting to read so I figured why not join in.
USEA Membership: $85
Adult Rider Program for CA: $25 (I did this last year in order to go to camp, but did not this year as I don’t do any of the team competitions or other adult rider programs)
USEA Horse Registration: $40 (this is a lifetime limited registration so I paid it last year and didn’t have to do it again this year)
USEA Admin/Starter/D&M Fee: $21 (I don’t pay this if I do Intro)
Entry Fee: ~$230 (Most of the events I’ve been to are $230 for BN or Intro, but some are $255 and one of the Intros I am going to is only $200)
Stabling:~$150 (anywhere from $125-$160). This includes 1 bag of shavings.
Shavings: $10 a bag. Levi likes to turn his entire stall into a sh*t salad and I basically have to strip it and re-fill his stall every 1-2 days so I buy a lot of shavings. Usually $50-$60 for a weekend. Eugene is better behaved and goes through a more normal 3-4 bags of shavings.
Hotels are usually ~$150 per night. Luckily, because there are two of us competing, that’s more like $75 a night (if I think of it like splitting the hotel with a friend or barnmate). We do camp in our truck if the weather is nice, but if it’s too cold or hot, we get a hotel. My husband has also been working from the hotel on some of our trips and him getting a full day of work in more than makes up for the cost of a hotel. Woodside is nice for being 15 minutes from our house and we can stay at home.
This can be expensive. Since events in CA are often quite far away, we sometimes haul long distances. The truck and trailer are fully paid for, but wear and tear is a thing and repairs are costly. Our truck gets ~12 miles to the gallon when hauling. Gas in general and diesel in particular are expensive in CA.
Most of our recent events have involved my husband working an extra day and driving up separately in our car to meet me. Like the hotel cost, that one’s worth it for him to get a full day of work in, but it is an extra cost. I’m going to go with $0.50 a mile for a rough estimate.
To Fresno: ~300 mile round trip = $150
To Camelot: ~422 mile round trip = $211
To Twin Rivers: ~320 mile round trip = $160
To Woodside: ~30 mile round trip = $15
This averages out to about $150. (The average is technically $134, but Woodside is really skewing that. The median is $155 so I am calling it $150.) This cost is split for myself and my husband making it roughly $75 per person show. This doesn’t include the second car or the driving back and forth from lodging so it’s most likely an underestimate.
What can I say; we’re suckers for media. We spend way too much on this category.
Videos: RideOnVideo is at most of the rated events in our area. If they are there, we will purchase the package. It’s $150 each with a multi-horse discount of $25 for a reduced total of $275 or $137.50 each.
Photography: The ride photographer in our area offers a really affordable package of $75 each for high res digital copies of all pictures. They offer a $10 off the second horse deal which brings the total to $140 or $70 each.
Where We Save Money
We clean our own stalls and feed our own horses. Kate or her working student will throw them their morning hay if we’re getting there later, but we usually don’t pay for any stall services. At Camelot, we paid two girls who were fundraising to clean and do morning feeding, but that was more to support them than any need on our part. We do all of our own braiding, grooming, tacking, etc.
A lot of people are including food in their totals, but honestly, we eat out a lot at home. Being away doesn’t really change the cost of us living for us.
Average costs for one event:
Entry Fees: $250
Stabling (including shavings): $200
This is a per person cost and we’re often both showing so double that.
I’m not including training costs because I’m not going to discuss Kate’s fees online. Kate is very affordable though and I lump what we pay her for show training into our training/lessons budget. We also still attend some events without a trainer.