I was asked to join an eventing syndicate with a purchase price of 15k and a yearly maintenance fee of 5k. It was a little out of my price range, but tax deductible!
The main perks were international travel to horse shows (that I had to pay for ) but also owning a horse that may compete at the highest levels with a rider who wanted to make a US team with that horse.
I never did join the syndicate so I can’t tell you what I would have changed. I just wasn’t very close with the rider and I couldn’t really see what would be in it for me. Especially since with the new tax laws, I don’t really get to deduct anything from my taxes.
I’m a young adult amateur rider, with plans to someday start a family so the thought of putting 20k into someone else’s horse (rather than my own or a college fund for my future children ) just didn’t seem practical.
I could see myself trying to make something like that work for a rider that I was really close to or really wanted to support their dreams. 15k as a buy-in was a bit much, but 5k maintenance seemed pretty doable.