How hard is it to get into showing to the point where you are earning/winning money?
Do you have to be really good? How long did it take you (if any of you ever have ) to really start winning stuff.
Probably a dumb question, but I know nothing about showing so was curious.[/QUOTE]
Not a dumb question, but it is a BROAD question.
There are so many different things you can show in and so many different caliber of shows. I would say as a generality, NO ONE really makes money by showing.
You make money by buying/selling show prospects, offering training services, putting on clinics, etc. But you don’t make the money based on the showing alone. You use the showing to prove what your horse has accomplished, to increase their value for your business.
Using myself as an example, I entered in a large barrel race earlier this year with about 430 entries each day. We really did not have the best run the first day (with Red) but I was lucky enough to get 4th in the 4D and a check for $320. After my entry fees for 2 horses, gas to get there, and a hotel room, I maybe broke even.
Last week I went to a local jackpot where there was 63 entries. We took 3rd in the 1D and got $108. After my entry fees for 2 horses and the 20 min drive to get there, that just broke even.
Of course, there’s been many times I’ve gone home empty-handed. So I certainly don’t show for the money!!!
And those entry fees also don’t count how much money I spend at the farrier, vet, chiro, etc to keep my good horse running competitively. You spend a lot on maintainence for the horses too.
So it’s very difficult to make any money from showing alone. Usually people also have a supplement side business of training facility, etc.