9 pricey sports of the wealthy

You don't have to be part of the 1% to enjoy these pastimes, but having lots of money will make it a whole lot easier.

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Jan 19, 2013 1:52AM
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If you like horses, just visit a working ranch.  You will get your fill of horses and you do not need to buy one.   Rent a yacht for a few days and forget about having the expense of buying one, paying the crew and the maintenance.   When did snowboarding become a thing of the rich?  All the rich people I know ski.   Forget the stupid figure skating.  Sign your kid up for ice hockey.   Pheasant hunting for 4 grand and a special weapon.  Baloney.  Go hunt pheasant in Oregon with a shot gun and maybe spend 1/4 of this amount.  You can buy a used shotgun and do not need a new one.   Croquet?   Only someone who wears a funny hat and drives a MG plays croquet.   Golf?  There are many good courses around the country and you do not need to be a member of any country club.   Say a few days at Ritz Carlton Plantation in Greensboro, GA.  Gorgeous, excellent accomodations, on a beautiful lake where you can do some bass fishing plus top PGA course.   The person who made this list never had a dime in his life.
Jan 19, 2013 1:37AM
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Missed thre most pricey one. Screwing around.
Jan 21, 2013 11:57AM
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Who the hell cares?

 

I don't have any money

Jan 19, 2013 2:56AM
Jan 19, 2013 12:50AM
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Snowboarding?!?!?! Must be the rich attempting to be "bad boys/girls."

"Did you see how I shredded that slope?"
"Ah, dude, that was so cool!"
"Yeah, now let's get Jeeves to bring the Range Rover around so we can head back to the chalet, have the maid make us so hot chocolate with some schnapps, and then we can have some pheasant with some imported veggies from Europe."
"Boy, that sounds great! I really like roughing it. So much tougher than our places on 5th Avenue."
Jan 19, 2013 1:06AM
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the wealthies biggest game is called screw the middle class.its played by buying politicians,out sourcing and propaganda via fox news
Jan 21, 2013 12:58PM
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Hunted pheasants for 20 years with a Remington 870 that I bought new in the early 70s for about 120 bucks. To put the cost of the weapon in perspective, the minimum wage was about 2.50 an hour at the time.  We hunted wild birds on private land, not a bunch of cage raised ones on a private preserve. My buddies and I missed more than we hit, but we always looked forward to the yearly trips to north central Kansas.  One member of our group had a brittany we took one year. Dumbest damn dog on the face of the planet. He rolled in the ditch where we dumped the holding tank of the rented motorhome and then climbed back on board before we realized what he had done. I would not trade the memories of those days for anything, so maybe in a way, we were rich.
Jan 18, 2013 10:29PM
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Throwing people under the bus is also sport of the wealthy. 1%

How else can you separate power from corruptness
Jan 21, 2013 2:26PM
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Despising rich people is the sport of poor, dumb people, who think and see and understand very little beyond their tiny little world, which is part of the reason they are poor.  I'm not financially well off right now to do anything of these things in style, but I do NOT begrudge anyone who is or does.  God bless them. I've personally known a few rich folk, and most all of them worked harder, and were smarter and better connected than I.  So what.  That's their life and it's their business.  Each of us are responsible only for our own lives.  Are you living a good life?  Am I? 

 

A man once came to Jesus and said, "My brother is not sharing with me my share of the family inheritance.  Would you please go tell him to share?" 

 

Guess what, Jesus didn't do it.  Instead Jesus turned to the complaining man and said to him, "Be careful of the greed in your heart."  Yes Charlie, poor people can be greety and coveteous too. Our own hearts are all any of us are responsible for. 

Jan 19, 2013 5:16AM
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Why is something as commonplace as snowboarding on the list?  Why not throw in skydiving, too?  If only the "wealthy" can afford to snowboard why are the slopes always so crowded?  I must have missed the economic turn-around where everyone is a multimillionaire now.
Jan 21, 2013 2:04PM
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What about bowling?  Beer prices at the bowling alley can get out of hand.
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I'm not rich, but I'll bet any amount I can kick any "rich dude's" butt in golf.  In my experience, the more money you have, the worse athlete you are.

Jan 20, 2013 5:20PM
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Horse racing si suppose to be the sport of kings.Last time I went I didn`t see

any kings there.I won`t say what I saw.

Jan 21, 2013 1:15PM
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didn't realize special firearms were needed for pheasant hunting!  I guess that's what I've been doing wrong all these years, just using my standard 20 gage.  haha - I'm sure it has nothing to do with me being a terrible shot!    Seriously though... I wonder what special firearms they are talking about?  And they forgot to add in the cost of a dog if you have one.  
Sep 17, 2013 9:55AM
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While the number of people who chase the sport of team roping is not high, it is and continues to be a very expensive sport to play.  As they said, any sport that involves a horse is going to be expensive, but to practice you either need your own arena, cattle (or a motorized dummy), and every waking moment or you have to go to a practice event and pay to play.  It can become like an addiction and you just know you will win the next big event if you only enter up.  Entry fees are somewhat reasonable for a single entry, but in order to increase your odds of winning you need to enter with several different partners so you drop some serious money on entry fees.  You need a pick-up to pull the trailer, a trailer, a lot of ropes, a specialized saddle, a shock absorbent saddle pad, overstrike boots for the horse's front legs and sliding boots for the horse's back legs.  All the equipment wears out rapidly, so you purchase most of the gear every 6 months to a year and repair the saddle several times during the year.  If you make a split second mistake when you go to dally the rope after the catch then you go to the hospital to have your thumb or finger re-attached if you find the finger or to get it cleaned up and closed up if you don't.  And despite all of this, we who call ourselves team ropers can't quit playing the game because we love it.  
Sep 17, 2013 7:46AM
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Hang on a second "Pheasant Hunting"???

 

You have got to be kidding me, I'm from Montana, been pheasant hunting as long as I can remember, the most expensive items are a good German Wire Hair 300-500 and that dog is going last you a good 8 years or more. Shot-gun...under a grand easy... and that's going to last you 20 years or so, a Pheasant stamp is like 20 bucks.... the most expensive part is buying the beers at night making excuses why you missed a double right in front of you....

Sep 17, 2013 7:32AM
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people are forgetting dirtbikes! I have close to $45,000 in each of my 6 bikes and that is only to be competitive on a local level where I live to have pro level bikes you are looking at $75-150k.
Jan 21, 2013 3:13PM
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HOW ABOUT SNOWMOBILING 50K FOR TRUCK, 10K EACH SLED, 10K FOR A TRAILER THEN THE TRANSPO COSTS,OPER COSTS HOTEL AND FOOD, THEN THE BOOOZE
Jan 21, 2013 1:55PM
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if you expect to  be competetive you will need a string [3  or more[ of ponies so you can change for a fresh mount at the breaks.
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