USEF Indicates Horse Shows Could Start Again June 1 on Phased Regional Basis

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April 30, 2020

The United States Equestrian Federation indicated Thursday horse shows could restart “as early as June 1” on a phased regional basis after being suspended for 2 1/2 months due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The disclosure came in an announcement of a webinar of USEF officials, a competition organizer and a trainer set for next Monday, May 4.

“Learn how USEF is planning to facilitate a safe return to competition following the COVID-19 suspension,” the announcement stated.

“This is a good opportunity for trainers, exhibitors and competition managers to understand how to work together to create the safest possible environment for everyone as we look ahead to restarting 2020 competitions as early as June 1 with a phased regional approach in line with local and state government restrictions.”

Suspension of shows began Mar. 16 and currently runs through the end of May.

Guidelines for competitions have been developed by Dr. Mark Hart, USEF’s Team Physician and Chair of the International Equestrian Federation medical committee.

In addition to Mark Hart, panelists include USEF Chief Executive Officer Bill Moroney; Sonja Keating, USEF general counsel; Michael Stone, president of Equestrian Sport Productions that organizes the Adequan Global Dressage and Winter Equestrian Festivals in Wellington, Florida, competitions at Tryon, North Carolina and Colorado, and  and John Madden, jumper trainer.

The webinar via Zoom will be open to USEF members with 1000 spots available on a first-come basis. Registration opened Thursday.