Troubling news about declining horse show sponsorship due to the weak economy circulates the industry. Click here to see an article about the Beacon Hill show in New Jersey.
Local shows, whose success is less dependent on drawing nationally or regionally, could benefit from larger shows being canceled. The local shows may benefit from the cancellations with increased attendance due to fewer venues and the exhibitor's real or perceived need to curb their horse show budgets this season by limiting their travels and overnight expenses.
Those with perceived needs to limit showing due to the general economic situation are cheating themselves out of the pleasure of horse ownership. There is nothing inexpensive about owning a top show horse. Considering the tens or hundreds of thousands of dollars invested in their horses, it makes no sense to not enjoy your investment and the full show season.
Unless your personal economy has changed, enjoy your horse and the competition community! The money you spend contributes to healing our lame economic situation.