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Re: [RC] AHA - Chris Paus

Yeah, well the cost of enrolling a horse in the sweepstakes program is prohibitive for small potatoes breeders like me. And really, in endurance, a horse has to do 100s and regional or national championship rides to earn back any sweepstakes money, and then it's only a pittance of what you've invested.
I don't know any people with sweepstakes horses who have earned a pile of money in the program.
Bette Lamore <woa@xxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
Hey-- as long as we are talking about AHA there is big news! They just changed the rules for Sweepstakes and there is BIG money for Sport Horses now--- imagine-- they are now recognizing ATHLETES!!! and good CONFORMATION! Perhaps our letter played a little part in this change of attitude. There is now BIG money ($100,000) awarded to athletic horses and it is not so easy to buy your way in. There is a $25,000 prize for the high point horse and Nationals and Regionals DON"T count!! That gives the normal person the chance to go to neighborhood and small shows to gather points. Good news for you folks is that more breeders will start breeding for athletic ability and the breeders on this list have already been doing that :-)
The bad news is that prices will go up for great endurance quality horses as there will be a demand for athletes- not just pretty faces--- yet GOOD news for those of us struggling breeders :-)
Not strictly endurance yet I expect it to impact this branch of the horse market for all purebreds.
Bette Lamore
Whispering Oaks Arabians
Home of Bunny and 16.2h TLA Halynov
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