That sounds about right. I assume they were going to have about 75+ available and I’ll probably only will ride 15 or so because I will only like that many. I’m hoping to travel to a few farms, so I’m assuming we will see a lot but we will have that laid out before we go. I remember when we went to Canada there were 200 to choose from at one farm. Of course, I’m only thinking of staying a week or so, so it would be seriously crammed with those kinds of numbers. I know about the import costs, but often you can find nice hunter types for $20K, so if you add $8K to import, you’re already ahead of the game. Also, I’m fine with a year transition, I’ve ridden a few recent imports before and they seem to have the similar training (forward to the jumps, use more contact in the hand, and need to learn to take leg better). Sound about right?
I went to Holland and Germany myself, with my trainer, and purchased a mare. 75-100 horses? You’ll be staying a month, then? Even the largest breeders won’t have more than a few horses close to your criteria on hand and under saddle. And they won’t waste their time showing you so many horses they know you won’t consider.
Figure $8-12,000 for import and quarantine (upper numbers for a mare). The car rental will be almost $1000. Hotel, airfare, food, etc all add up.
Estimate a year to train the jumper out of your hunter. (My mare is by Baloubet du Rouet and she happily goes around like a hunter princess. Now.)
Don’t get me wrong, I got the horse of my dreams. She’s all that and more. She was bred for the top levels of sport, not for a weenie amateur. But she really tries to please.
Just a heads-up from someone who did it, don’t expect to see or sit on a fraction of those horses. I sat on maybe 10. I didn’t get on maybe 10 others (why waste anybody’s time?).