Breeders incentives: Maybe award the breeder a flat $1000 every time a horse they’ve bred wins a race? The Breeder’s Series is cool and all, but that sort of reward would be the gift that keeps on giving all year long.
Or…have a Breeder’s Series race once a month in each category, all year round instead of at the end of the year, with the breeder getting a flat amount every time their horse wins one of those races.
Hm, except that it would probably be a huge PITA to come up with new BS races to add to the card/replace races/etc. Ah well.
Either way, I know that if I took a look at my budget because I wondered where all the money was coming from, and realized that my foals were winning graded stakes, I’d be very tempted to, say, post proudly about it on the forum, and all that. Increased activity.
Races: I wouldn’t necessarily want to pare down the schedule, but it would be sort of cool if farms could sponsor races…so if you’re really wanting a 10f dirt NW1 for your 2 yo filly, you could create one at the track of your choice. And you could use activity points to pay for that. If it wouldn’t be horrendous to code of course.
Activity points: I don’t really pay attention to them all that much myself, but I like that they’re there…after all, who knows when I’ll want to spend them. Maybe you could cash them in as a deduction on year-end taxes…so for every 100 points you spend, you get 5-10% off your total taxes. Again, only if it doesn’t equal a coding nightmare.
Otherwise, the only change I would suggest for activity points is to bump up the cash reward to something a lot more substantial – say $5000 instead of $500.
Other than that, I’m looking forward to flat/SC switching and being able to board your horses at other farms (FF or otherwise) someday. And if the breeding restrictions got loosened, even if it’s just to 7 SWs or something like that, it would be very cool. I do like how the restrictions encourage quality, though, and I don’t necessarily think that gelding horses – even MSWs – is a bad thing. Tough to do, but not a bad thing.
Personally, I’ve gotten more quiet just because life is a little busier, and I’m a little more scatterbrained. Big stables are fun, but usually by the time I get done managing entries and such I’m ready to do other things. I know I’m here to stay!