How is this any different than pony finals, which occurs the week after kids start school in GA? Is pony finals now considered inaccessible because it’s scheduled during school time in several states and parents have to take off work and kids have to take off school one week after they started? Talk about challenging!
We simply can’t expect major championship shows to all take place on weekends. It’s one week out of the year.
I enrolled my horse in the Green Hunter Incentive program with my horse in 2020. I was able to earn extra money at the regular rated shows in the Green Hunter Incentive classes which helped to offset the enrollment and show fees. The incentive program isn’t just about the finals. The program is accessible at the regional level as the likelihood of the likes of Nick Haness and John French showing up at your class at a regular week of TIEC or whichever show you happen to be at is pretty rare.
If we confuse the program with just the Green Hunter Incentive finals, then yes, it seems like a lot of money for nothing and would appear to be an inaccessible program.
However, you don’t need a $200k horse to have an ROI on your fees to enter this program or to show up and compete at finals.
To make it even more accessible, they could better tier the program and have sub-placings/divisions based on how much experience (how many shows entered) the horses have.
They could also tier the American bred and trained horses to give them a leg up since they are often competing against advantaged imports who competed in jumpers prior to import, whereas a purpose bred America. hunter lacks that show experience. I am aware hunters and jumpers are completely different disciplines, but let’s not fool ourselves that it takes months of conversion training to make a jumper a hunter. With the right demeanor they generally settle right in - we see trainers get them out of quarantine and take them to show the hunters one week later All. The. Time. #notreallygreenbutidigress