Have we ever been so excited to Go Eventing? Plantation Field H.T., one of three USEA recognized horse trials taking place this weekend, kicked things off with its Intermediate, Prelim and Open Training divisions running as a one-day event on Friday.
EN blogger Holly Covey was on the scene, volunteering as a dressage scribe, and reports that spirits were high. “Everyone I saw was so glad to be there,” she says. “There were a lot of smiles down center line, a place where smiles are not all that common! And lots and lots of thanks to all the volunteers.”
Also spotted volunteering: USEA CEO Rob Burk!
Fence judging at Plantation Field! Everyone is being very respectful. Social distancing, masks and sanitary practices are in full effect!
Holly says that Plantation Field’s Covid-19 safety protocol, which you can view here, was honored by riders, officials and volunteers.
“Scribes sat in their own cars next to judges and we scribed through the window (we also had radios if we had to roll up windows),” she says. “When test sheets were collected, we were given a plastic container to put them in, and a clean empty one was given back to us after pickup. We used hand sanitizer all day.”
Other measures included social distanced horse trailer parking …
… temperatures taken upon entry …
… and, she says, “Sanitizer and soap and water everywhere and masks on everyone.”
“The course was a bit lonely out there with only jump judges, as spectators were discouraged by the organizer,” she says. But considering the circumstances, we think everybody was just happy to be out there!
The winners thus far:
Open Intermediate-A: Alice Roosevelt & Fernhill Zoro (34.2)
Open Intermediate-B: Maya Black & Miks Master C (28.4)
Junior Young Riders Open Preliminary: Delaney O’Neil & An Irish Blessing (29.0)
Open Preliminary-A: Amy Borun & Vitalis (18.2)
Open Preliminary-B: Lila Gendal & BT Just A Rebel (32.2)
Open Preliminary-C: Maya Black & Maks Mojo C (23.7)
Open Training-A: Michael Pendleton & Woodstock Checkmate (27.9)
Open Training-B: Ryan Wood & Ben Nevis (22.9)
The competition continues with lower-level divisions today and the Starter H.T. on Sunday.