14 hours ago
Thursday, September 30, 2010
The Rodeo- the REASON for the Cow Palace has gone from a spectacular event to a fairly run of the mill Rodeo. But what really shakes the snot out of my boots is the price this year! Just to get in to see the show- and sit in the nose bleed seats- is a whopping $24.00. A box seat is $40. The last time GNR came to town the seats were General Admission $12, and Box Seats $15. Now I can see raising the set price a little bit-but the Cow Palace seats HUNDREDS! They really didn't need to raise the price of admission that much!
This will only serve to keep the general public away from the Cow Palace. The kind of family that would want to come to the show or the Rodeo won't be able to afford it- and thus (here is the real raw spot) hundreds of kids who want to see a horse or a sheep or a pig or a cowboy IN REAL LIFE won't have the chance. And where is the future of our sport?- In those shiney eyed kids that come to the shows!
I think that the Powers That Be want to knock down the Cow Palace- it sits on some prime California real estate. Some of us die hards had banded together and sent petition after petition to the city to save the Cow Palace. We thought we won when they agreed not to knock it down-but now I see they were just being subversive. By jacking the prices, and making the competitors fight to even come to the show, the attendence will be down. Then they can say that there is no more need for the Cow Palace- no one comes to the show ( exagerated shrugs) We don't know WHY ...! Sigh* Guess we'll have to built that shopping mall and houses on the property like we wanted to instead...aww too bad....
I will go to the CP- I will go to the Rodeo. I am a grown up and have the means. But I have made my displeasure known in letter form to the administators and if anyone else feels the same way I urge them to do the same.
And I will be contacting the AQHA to voice my disapproval there as well. With all of the really great AQHA shows that happen in this area I am sure that we can do better- we have only to ask the right people to step up and help. I will help- for free - to get this done properly.
http://www.martinezhorsemens.com/index.htm here is my link in case anyone asks.