From my view - im going to pay up until December 2010 to compete at HOTY. At this point im going to let my membership go as from January. Im going to stick to the SHC membership for 2011. For me im into Show Horse, and i compete my horses at 3 shows at EA each year. So what i dont go to the newcomers, and HOTY the novice/Int show doesnt bother me if i go or not. Im south of the river, so for me and my family i would be smarter to join up at 3 local clubs, Riverside, Gosnells (which also does PC) and Canning Districts. Riverside has 4 shows and a breed show, Gosnells has PC and their hack days plus the big masters and the 2 breed shows,Canning Districts does about 4 shows plus the breed show, plus my child can join up into the Canning Districts young riders squad. For my family the cost of EWA membership will cover the costs of those 3 memberships and cover some of the show entries too............... I think riders are going to have to step to the side, i think it will be a good move for local clubs. I think they local clubs will definately pick up extra memberships.