Money-Saving Tips for Horse Showing

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Tack and equipment purchases, travel expenses, and show bills can really add up.

Photo: Alexandra Beckstett

One of my joys of horse ownership is the thrill of competition: Setting goals and achieving them, always aiming for that perfect trip, and enjoying a special partnership with my horse in the show ring. A year out of college, I put the tiny bit of money I had in my savings account toward a young horse I’d fallen in love with. Even if “Helios” hadn’t been so green, I couldn’t afford to horse show at the time. I told myself I would be content teaching him to jump and just hacking around Kentucky’s farmland. Silly me

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Alexandra Beckstett, a native of Houston, Texas, is a lifelong horse owner who has shown successfully on the national hunter/jumper circuit and dabbled in hunter breeding. After graduating from Duke University, she joined Blood-Horse Publications as assistant editor of its book division, Eclipse Press, before joining The Horse. She was the managing editor of The Horse for nearly 14 years and is now editorial director of EquiManagement and My New Horse, sister publications of The Horse.

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