Sydney Peyerl, 11, of Redwood Falls, gets some help with her horse, Sensation, from riding instructor Rae Ann Bartz, of Equine Connections near Olivia. Because of the down economy, Bartz said some people are able to buy high-caliber horses at lower prices than in the past while others are keeping the horses they have and are spending more money on lessons. (Tribune photo by Carolyn Lange)
State of the economy makes it a buyer's market for show horses
OLIVIA -- Having a show horse for a hobby can be expensive, especially in the current economy when some owners have had to part with their blue-ribbon animals and reduce expensive trips to out-of-state competitions.
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