USA Federation “Strongly Recommends” Suspension of All Licensed Competitions for 30 Days, Results Will Not Count for Olympic Selection. Canada Leaves it to Individual Organizers

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The United States Equestrian Federation on Friday “strongly” recommended suspension of all licensed competitions and declared that selection trials and other federation-controlled activities will be suspended. Equestrian Canada announced that decisions on shows will be made by individual organizers

The effect is that from next Monday any scores awarded to U.S. combinations at international events for 30 days will not count toward qualifying for the Tokyo Olympics.

An Isabell Werth master class scheduled for Global Mar. 20 has also been canceled. Organizers have promised full refunds.

Other CDI3* events on the international schedule and within the USEF 30-day period are Burbank, California Mar. 19-22 and Sacramento/Rancho Murietta April 2-4.

A CDI3* for Tryon, North Carolina April 16-19 is outside the 30-day window.

The Canadian Equestrian Federation announced Friday that it is up to individual organizers to decide whether to continue their showsmin Canada, but “strongly recommends” refraining from international travel to countries that have been identified as having high outbreaks of the coronavirus for the foreseeable future.

The US federation said its suspension for 30 days covers “all USEF-owned events, selection trials, training camps, clinics, and activities…

“Additionally, USEF strongly recommends that competition organizers suspend all USEF licensed competitions across the country for the next 30 days and that equestrians do not compete for the next 30 days. For those competitions that do run, there will be no accumulation of points, scores, money won, qualifications, or rankings toward any USEF awards programs, USEF owned event, or selection to a US team during this 30-day time period. This includes USEF national championships.”