Guest Blog post # 97: "How Far Does a Dollar Go?" by Bill Woods

How Far Does a Dollar Go?


From the website of Graemont,Inc. A fairly realistic, in my experience, rundown of what dressage horses cost in the real world. There are exceptions, but be grateful when you come across one!

“In order to have a successful buying experience, you will be well served to understand what your options are in your price range. Graemont, Inc. has prepared this list using comparable sales within our realm of industry exposure. We welcome ongoing statistical data from people like you who come to this site.

Note: Horse prices are not clearly defined as are car prices. This is not a “blue book” of what horses cost – as this would be impossible. Rather, this chart may be helpful as a guide for how much money you should typically budget when shopping for a particular horse.

$5,000 to $10,000
-Sound and attractive warmblood foal – fairly good quality, purchased domestically.
-An unsound broodmare with interesting bloodlines, purchased domestically.
-Thoroughbred off the track with some dressage training, purchased domestically
-Locally competitive non-warmblood, training – first level.

$10,000 to $15,000
-Better than average warmblood foal or yearling. Purchased in the USA or Europe.
-2 or 3 year old warmblood, unbroken, out of the field, domestically purchased.
-Unsound broodmare with very good bloodlines, not to old, proven producer purchased domestically.
-Locally competitive non-warmblood, or warmblood cross; training or 1st level.

$15,000 to $20,000
– An excellent quality foal or yearling that should receive very good placing at breed shows.
-A fun schoolmaster (teenager) that will not pass a pre-purchase exam.
-A locally competitive quality 3 or 4 year old warmblood.
-A two year old with nationally competitive quality
-A non-warmblood or warmblood cross that’s locally (and maybe) regionally competitive at training or first level.

$20,000 to $25,000
-A world class foal, probably found in Europe.
-A very superior yearling or two year old, probably found in Europe.
-A serviceably sound FEI schoolmaster 14+ years, may have some small soundness issues.
-A very nicely started regionally competitive young warmblood 3 to 5 years old found domestically.
-A nationally competitive 3 year old in Europe, very green.
-A very nice 4 year old or green 5 year old; regional champion quality, found in USA or Europe.

$25,000 to $30,000
-A top selling foal in Europe. Best of the best.
-An older 4th level horse – probably 12 plus years found in Europe, regionally competitive at best.
-A fantastic yearling or two year old – found in Europe.
-A national quality three or four year old found in the USA or Europe.
-A regionally competitive five to six year old doing training, first or second level.
-A small horse (15.3) doing 2nd level. Regionally competitive. five to twelve years old.

$30,000 to $35,000
-A world class yearling or two year old – normally found in Europe.
-An extremely nice three or four year old – normally found in Europe.
-A regionally competitive five or six year old.
-A seven to nine year old warmblood that is behind in his training – 1st level to 3rd.
-A 10 – 13 year old schooling 3rd or 4th level regionally competitive.

$35,000 to $40,000
-A world class yearling to two year old
-A nationally competitive three to four year old
-A very nice amateur horse with some training – over 10 years old, a 4th level regionally competitive horse.

$40,000 to $55,000
– A nationally competitive 5 to 6 year old competing at 2nd level, schooling 3rd.
– A world class 3 or 4 year old – normally found in Europe
– A good quality, regionally competitive 6 to 10 year old working at 3rd/ 4th level – normally found in Europe.
– A regionally competitive 4th level / PSG schoolmaster, 10 to 14 years old – normally found in Europe.

$50,000 to $75,000
– A “team quality” 3 or 4 year old young horse – normally found in Europe.
– An international caliber 4 or 5 year old well started in dressage basics.
– A nationally competitive 3rd level prospect – with FEI potential, 5 – 7 years old.
– A regionally/nationally competitive 4th level/ PSG horse 9 – 14 years old
– An older FEI schoolmaster, reasonably sound
– A middle aged approved breeding stallion

$75,000 to $125,000
– A world class 5-6 year old
– An very nice quality approved breeding stallion, 3/4 years old and just approved or at 10 – 12 years old and past his prime breeding years.
– A 6 – 7 year old 4th level horse started in piaffe and passage – national quality
– A nationally competitive PSG horse.
– A 55% – 60% Grand Prix horse

$125,000 to $250,000
– A lovely PSG horse that could try out for the Pan Am Games –
A world class 5 – 8 year old with International potential
– A nice 60% to 65% Grand Prix horse, 9 – 13 years old.
– An excellent quality approved breeding stallion

$250,000 to if you have to ask, you probably can’t afford it…
– A top selling young horse – winner of Pavo Cup, Bundeschampionate or top auction horse
– A world class breeding stallion – currently breeding 150+ mares in Europe
– A Grand Prix horse scoring over 65% at International competitions
– Nearly any horse you want!”

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