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[RC] Expenses - Tom Sites

Reading Stephs wonderful account of the Malaysian Team of 40 coming to New Mexico, i got to thinking of just what this would cost, so i checked out the airfares from Yahoo Travelosity.
 
They listed no first class and all prices are coach.
 
The high was $19,073 and the low was $8366 w/ a medium price of $13,791.50.
 
40 people @ $13,791.50                                      548,780                                                                         
Rental cars for 40 at 4 to a car $500 per car X 10       5,000
Gas                                                                          500
Leasing of 6 horses       @ $3000                            18,000
Hotels and Food                                                     10,000
Entry Fees for 6 horses @ $200                                1,200
Miscellaneous expenses                                          5,000
The Kings Personal expenses                                 10,000
                                                                        $588,480
 
To me thats a whole lot of money to get 1 Horse/Riders COC.  To me to spend this much money and show up and some never even ride their horses before the ride makes no sense.
 
Steph,  I believe you when you say that they are kind and gracious and never complain.  They seem to be very wondeful people with a great amount of interest in Endurance and the hosting of the WEC and i wish them great success in their home country.
 
I guess what i am trying to say is that with spending that much money i would have expected more.  But thats just me. I hope that when the next attempt to get a Team qualified wherever it is in the world that if that much money is spent they have better results and pick and choose and ride those horses before the event.   I mean this sincerely. ts