Diesel is over $ 4.00 a gallon, $12.00 for coastal hay, horse and cow feed isout of sight, and yet our sport continues to grow at a steady rate. Weekend cuttings in most states are bigger than ever. Sure, there are some states that are suffering, but as a whole in spite of the bad economy we continue to grow. Limited Aged Events in Fort Worth are holding their numbers and even up in some areas. To what can we accredit this growth even in hard times?
It’s hard to believe that when you walk into a herd in a 15 horse Open Class that you are walking into about $34,000 worth of cattle that someone has money invested in. This alone will be a major problem in the future that we will have to deal with, partly because of last year's serious drought and simple economics. It's a serious consideration when thinking about the future of our sport.
The economy has made it very difficult for the average trainer to simply keep his doors open, yet the number of people wanting to buy a horse and learn to cut has continued to rise. I guess it is a good problem for our Industry, but I’m curious as to how we can keep things going. I would love to hear comments and ideas from everyone. So please respond and let’s figure out how we can keep going down the road and enjoying this wonderful sport!
See you down the road,