Fully disclosure I don’t show due to cost. But here are my thoughts for my job if I did. (and my job can make enough it’s just not where my focus is at the moment)
I’m a software project manager in fintech who actually leans a little more into the product manager territory. Meaning I’m a subject matter expert on a few areas of software and design. A starting software implementation Project Manager is probably not going to make enough to show the A circuit. However, given 5+ years of good experience you can.
AS stated above, being in a full service environment really helps. My horse is in training 4 days a week. My program isn’t full full service, I still tack up my horse etc., but pretty much everything else you could think of is handled for me. If I was showing florida I could probably only swing 2 weeks of it. 1 week I could work remotely, and my schedule is flexible enough I could make it work, plus he’d have pro rides during the week anyway. Then the next week I’d take vacation and probably do 2 divisions.
The rest of the year I’d have to go on Thursday night, work from “home” Friday and show sat/sun.
My work is pretty hard core on 3 days a week in the office. I can work one additional complete week remotely which is where I got the 2 weeks in Florida from. Other places you could do my job completely remotely (but you might not make as much) I pretty much schedule everyone’s lives on a project so I could mostly make sure I had time to ride, etc. However, I would need full service to make that a go.
So yeah be a good developer like not just run of the mill you need to be special, and or a product manager/engineer. However, those jobs often come with lousy work life balance. Honestly the easiest way is to be wealthy already