Have you discovered how expensive it is to attend a national horse show compared to a local horse show? So, let’s take a look at it in slightly more detail.
One of the major advantages is that local horse shows don’t cost as much. You won’t need to use a lot of fuel, and there’s less wear and tear on the truck, trailer, and even the horse.
Fuel is one cost which most people don’t consider when it comes to horse shows. Considering the fact that some people travel more than 40,000 miles each year in search of a title, it’s something that should really be thought about. You also have to take into account the cost of upkeep of your vehicle, as well as entry fees, meals, motels, etc.
Competitions may be huge, but judges tend to be local, and don’t have any predetermined agenda. Since you won’t have to go too far for the shows, you can also get up in the morning and trailer it to the show and then head back home. This will save on motel fees.
As you keep on improving your experience and skills, you can move up to more competitive horses. Just remember to have the horses trained locally. This will make it easy when you visit them. This is a win-win situation for everybody involved.
If you’re a breeder or a trainer with various types of horses, you can also create a market for animals in the area. Most competitors in the area would want horses which can place well locally. If yours is one of them, you will automatically start selling and training more horses. Potential customers want to ride and see horses before they purchase them. When they are located locally, this is not going to be a problem.