So BE has announced that Entries are due to increase by 3% to sit in line with inflation. I double checked and inflation currently sits at 2.7% so I cannot accuse BE of being greedy on this, but it sure does hit the pocket hard, especially when you consider that everything in daily life has risen to that extent but not wages…..
On the other hand BE has decided to increase prize money by 3%. Great, it appears the maelstrom on Twitter about prize money has been listened to.
Except when was the last time you can remember a BE90 or 100 handing out cash? The majority of the events hand out prizes in kind (the best of which I have heard about have been soap, toothpaste and bread). Also £2.01 (3% of current Novice Lower Level ) is not going to aid breaking even when you win a class.
For me, I would have preferred to see it instigated that prize money for the first four placed riders must exceed entries and start fee at the lower level prize money. This seems fair and an easy calculation?
What is particularly annoying for me and my horse with its one shiny point is that every level apart from Grade IV horses have been put up by £5. Honestly, where is the economical sense in that as surely the greatest proportion of horses are in grade IV? Why not make it fair for everyone? I already find it particularly annoying that I can run round pretty much an identical course which has had the same level of work as a BE100 yet usually pay a higher start fee just because its Novice.
Finally I would like to end with the thought that while money is being taken from my pocket, my biggest complaints about the sport have been left alone for another year, in that I would love a consistent withdrawals and wait list policy for all events. Some events are magnificent but other events are incredibly poor with holding no wait list and not offering a refund to those who are replaced.