Here is the break down:
USEF for rider: $55
USEF for Horse: $200 (lifetime) or $75 (annual)
USDF for rider: $75
USDF for Horse: $95
and the local club: $45 (the only fee I find super reasonable since they actual put on a show for me)
So that is a total of $470.00!!
And keep in mind that I would like to renew our APHA Registration and PAC points as well, which from what I gather would be another $80.
These fees from USEF and USDF are pretty steep, and not very Amateur friendly at all, but it turns out they are Professional, in that Pro riders pay the same fees! And that is when my hackles rose a bit. As an amateur I have to pay those fees personally, and can not have a sponsor to help offset fees like these. Does that seem fair then that I pay the same?
And let's break it down further, are all pros the same? There are pros who spend all their time riding, training and living horses, and then there are the pros that give a few lessons to offset the cost of riding and are now in the same category as a Laura Graves and Steffen Peters.
Simple question: should I, the Training level rider,first time at the shows, pay the same registrations fees as Steffen Peters? What say you Ammies?
|I could register for the show season? ;)|