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All Equestrian Canada Sanctioned Competitions Are Suspended for Four Weeks

Canada has had relatively few cases of COVID-19 relative to other areas of the world: 846 diagnosed cases and 10 deaths. Still, the country has taken assertive steps to contain the virus, including closing its border to foreigners earlier this week. Today Equestrian Canada (EC) issued a memorandum of steps the governing body is taking to suppress the pandemic and mitigate its impact on the sport.

Among them:

  • Effective March 14, 2020, All EC run in-person events, clinics and activities will be suspended for four weeks (until April 12, 2020). After two weeks, a review will take place to assess whether the suspension will be extended or if activities may resume. For the current list of cancelled/postponed EC clinics and sanctioned competitions, click here .
  • All EC sanctioned competitions are suspended for four weeks (until April 12, 2020). After two weeks, a review will take place to assess whether the suspension will be extended or if competitions may resume. For competitions that do run, there will be no accumulation of points, scores, qualification or rankings towards any EC awards program or team selection, and there will be no posting of results starting March 16, 2020. EC also strongly recommends that equestrians refrain from participating in or attending competition for four weeks.
  • Team Selection: EC high performance and discipline staff will continue to meet regularly and explore any necessary potential adjustments for team selection for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and the North American Youth Championships. EC will review all current nomination/selection criteria, implement alternate qualification pathways should they be required and communicate changes to criteria or documents once they become available.
  • EC encourages Canadians in the U.S. to return home with their equines as soon as possible to avoid further travel complications and border closures. EC is working closely with the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA), Canadian Border Services Agency (CBSA) and United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) to expedite the return process for equines to Canada from the United States. If they have not already done so, EC recommends that all Canadians abroad register with the Government of Canada here.
  • The EC office will be temporarily closed and staff will be working remotely. Please expect delayed processing times for items sent via mail or courier, including FEI Passports. There will be no coverage of competitions during this time, whether via press release or social media.The return to office date is set for April 6, 2020; however, given daily changes to the status of the COVID-19 outbreak, there may be adjustments to this schedule.

EC outlines a number of other guidelines, including participation in international competition, recommendations for equestrian facility operations, insurance and business support resources, biosecurity protocol in the statement which can be viewed here.

[Equestrian Canada Statement on Coronavirus (COVID-19)]


Spokane Sport Horse Farm Spring H.T. Is Canceled

The 5th annual Spokane Sport Horse Farm Spring H.T., scheduled for May 7-10 in Spokane, Washington, has been canceled. The farm has also canceled its April 10-12 schooling event, with entries to be refunded in full.

The event issued the following statement:

“I am sorry to notify everyone that the May event must be cancelled. We considered if there was a way to host smaller one days in its place but the risk to everyone is too great. Please start social distancing now if you haven’t already. I spent my career in hospitals and intensive care units. They are very easy to overwhelm — there were days we had to postpone elective surgeries because we didn’t have ICU beds — BEFORE we had a crisis.”

It will not be business as usual for awhile. Do the math
Why even though horse shows seem lower risk they aren’t no…

Posted by Spokane Sport Horse Farm Horse Trials on Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Wise words from organizer Christel Carlson: “We hold everyone in our thoughts and prayers as a new reality arises. Please be kind to one another, be sensible if you don’t feel well and isolate yourself voluntarily, don’t hoard essentials. A horse show is not a necessity but caring for others is.”

We’ll look forward to SSHF’s fall event, Oct. 1-4, 2020!

View a full list of canceled events here.


Ocala International 3-Day Festival of Eventing Is Canceled

The Ocala International 3-Day Festival of Eventing, scheduled for April 8-12 at the Florida Horse Park, has been canceled. The event was to host CCI3*-L, CCI2*-L and CCI1*-L as well as horse trials divisions.

The Florida Horse Park has issued the following statement:

“We have held on as long as we could, but with the CDC recommending the cancellation of group gatherings of 10 or less people for the next 8 weeks, we unfortunately have to cancel the Ocala International Festival of Eventing, held April 8-12, and the rest of scheduled events through April 30.

“We can’t thank all of you enough for the support you’ve extended over the last week. We look forward to seeing you all on the other side of this. We will also keep you updated, if we can get this FEI rescheduled to a different date.”

Included in the cancelation window are Pony Club rallies, a POP schooling show, polo, Southeast Dressage, hunter/jumper and western events.

To date 27 U.S. events have been canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. You can view a full list here.

Our support and sympathies are with impacted organizers, venues and competitors during these difficult times.


UNH Spring H.T. Is Canceled

The first fixture of the 2020 Area I eventing calendar, the UNH Spring Horse Trials, has been canceled. The event was scheduled for April 25-26 in Durham, New Hampshire.

UNH Equine released this statement today:

Dear Competitors, Fans, Volunteers and other Horse Trials Supporters:

It is with great regret that the UNH Competition Management team has made the decision to cancel our UNH Spring Horse Trials, scheduled for April 25-26, 2020, due to concerns regarding COVID-19. UNH has suspended all face to face classes for the duration of the semester and has requested staff and faculty to work remotely and avoid campus whenever possible.

Our University President Jim Dean released a statement yesterday (3/18/2020), in which he said: “As we continue to closely follow the latest developments with COVID-19, our decisions are guided by our first priority: the safety and well-being of our faculty, staff and students. We made this decision to significantly reduce the population density of our campuses and the towns and cities our campuses are located in, as a preventive measure to enable more social distancing at a time when many new infections and even deaths are being reported daily. While we regret the inconvenience and lack of on-campus life for our students this will cause, the health and safety of our community must come first.”

The majority of campus staff and faculty are working remotely per our administration’s request, and we will therefore shred all entries and payments received for the horse trials to date. We are working with the USEA to refund monies paid via Xentry. Email is the best way to reach us right now, and anyone with questions or concerns should please email competition manager Christina Keim ([email protected]) or show secretary Liz Johnson ([email protected]).

We all must play a role in our collective well-being during this difficult time, and we at UNH wish you and yours all the best in health, safety and well-being in the days and weeks to come.

To review the latest on UNH’s response the coronavirus pandemic, please visit https://www.unh.edu/main/coronavirus.

~ Chris, Liz, and the rest of the UNH Equine team

To date, 24 U.S. events have been canceled or postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Click here for a full list.

Longleaf Pine H.T. Is Canceled; Carolina Horse Park Issues Update on Refunds for Carolina International

2019 CCI4*-S winners Liz Halliday-Sharp and Fernhill By Night. Photo by Jenni Autry.

In the latest wave of updates from organizers regarding canceled events, we now see that Longleaf Pine Horse Trials, scheduled to run April 18-19, will not run. The event was to be held at Carolina Horse Park, which was also to play host to this weekend’s Carolina International.

For riders competing at Carolina, organizers of the International have released an update regarding refunds:

“Thank you for your patience as we continue to navigate the cancelation of the 2020 Carolina International. Your support during this unprecedented time is greatly appreciated. The Carolina Horse Park was entirely ready for competition with the completion of all temporary stabling, hospitality and vendor tents as well the cross-country course being set and decorated for officials to inspect when we were compelled to cancel the competition. It was a difficult decision to make, but we felt it was in the best interest of all constituents.

The Carolina International Organizing Committee will refund all competition entry fees and all fees associated with the event including RV rental spaces, grounds fees, pre-ordered shavings, and USEA, USEF and FEI fees. Due to the significant investment in the safest accommodations through Fredricks Equestrian International Stabling, we are not able to refund all of the stabling fees, however, we will refund 50% of those fees. Please contact the event secretary, Sharyn Antico, at [email protected] to let her know the name and address of who paid for the entry and to whom the refund should be sent. All refunds will be sent within two weeks of her receipt of this information.

Should you wish to receive a tax deduction please know that the Carolina Horse Park Foundation is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization and you can convert your entry and stabling fees to receive a 100% tax deduction and we will provide you with a letter for tax purposes. If you are interested in doing so, please contact Shannon Habenicht at [email protected]

Again, we are grateful for your support.

Thank you,

Robert Costello, Marc Donovan, Will Faudree and Jane Murray”

You can continue to keep abreast of the latest changes within equestrian sport as the world continues to contend with the COVID-19 virus at this link. We salute all of the organizers and officials during these very difficult times. Go Eventing.

LRK3DE & Kentucky Grand Prix Offer Ticket Holders Full Refund or Rollover to 2021

Those who have purchased tickets for the canceled 2020 Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event will have received an email from Equestrian Events, Inc. today outlining their refund options.

From EEI:

Thank you for supporting the Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event and the Kentucky CSI3* Invitational Grand Prix, which have, unfortunately, been cancelled due to COVID-19.  As a non-profit, Equestrian Events, Inc. (EEI), organizer of these events, has relied on fan support since 1978, and that support will be even more vital in the years to come due to this unprecedented cancellation.

In light of the cancellation, ticket purchasers for the Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event and the Kentucky CSI3* Invitational Grand Prix have the following two refund options.

Option 1:  Full Refund 

Option 2:  Rollover your 2020 ticket purchase to the 2021 Event (dates:  April 22-25). Those who elect to rollover their 2020 purchase will be able to retain their same seat selection for 2021.  

For those that elect a full refund: Refunds will be issued beginning in April and will continue through July, on the 15th of each month. We will begin with those who purchased tickets first. This schedule is necessary for EEI to mitigate the financial hardship this has created for our organization. However, we recognize that COVID-19 has also created a hardship on you. Therefore, if the above schedule creates additional challenges for you and your family, please reach out to our office directly by emailing [email protected].

You can begin your refund process herePlease note: Your order number and the name the tickets were purchased under is listed below. You will need these to finalize your refund options.

On behalf of the eventing community, we extend our support and sympathy for EEI and the full LRK3DE team, as well as event organizers and venues everywhere, during this difficult time — they are in no easy position and the financial impact of these cancellations cannot be overstated.

EEI in particular is a non-profit that, for 42 years, has prided itself on reinvesting any proceeds from their events into improving LRK3DE or by making donations to local and regional charities. Our community’s continued support of EEI in 2020 and beyond will be even more vital in the years to come due to this unprecedented cancellation. If you would like to make a donation to EEI, your kindness would be greatly appreciated — some options are available here.

Go Eventing.

[Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event]

Equestrian Sports NZL Announces 3-Month Cancellation of All Events

Equestrian Sports NZL has taken an aggressive measure in response to the global COVID-19 pandemic, announcing today that it cancel all ESNZ events in jumping, dressage and para-equestrian, eventing and endurance for a three-month period effective immediately. This will be reviewed at the end of April or as required.

The organization issued the following press release today:

The decision has not been made lightly and is in response to the Government directive on mass gatherings. The cancellation does have a financial effect on the sport and is disappointing but it is the responsible course of action. Many other sports have reduced or cancelled sporting gatherings including club games and training.

ESNZ Chair Lynda Clark said the board’s first priority was the safety of people and it had a duty of care to look after its members, officials, volunteers and riders at this time.  “Social distancing needs to be practiced and we cannot do this effectively if we are condoning the continuation of events,” she said. This applies to any event using ESNZ rules including those with a group member affiliation.

“We care about our people and we need to make sure we are not compromising members, officials and volunteers. We are aware that an early end to the season will be disappointing for some but we need to make a decision to provide clarity to organising committees and to ensure people can make plans.” Awards dinners and social engagements should be postponed. A decision on the ESNZ AGMs will be made in the next two weeks.

Officials and volunteers should not feel compelled to officiate at any events in the next three months if they are asked, personal safety is of the utmost importance.  ESNZ organising committees, including area groups, and those using ESNZ rules, should not be running any events, winter series or practice days, in the next three months. The best plan is to ride your horse but in an environment where other people have not congregated or where social interaction is possible. Personal responsibility is key.

These are unprecedented times and the situation continues to develop in New Zealand and around the world. ESNZ will endeavour to keep everyone informed as much as possible.  The Government has indicated there may be a tightening of the rules around mass gatherings in the next week. We will review this situation as it comes to hand.

A Covid-19 page has been developed on the ESNZ website with cancellation notices, updates and any information that comes to hand. Please use this to keep up to date.

For ESNZ staff, there are travel restrictions in place and all staff are being asked to be vigilant. No hotel accommodation is permitted and the central office will be monitored daily. A business continuity plan is in place should the office need to be closed.

For further information please contact CEO Dana Kirkpatrick on [email protected]


10 USEA Events Remain on the April Calendar (For Now)

As of today, March 17, a total of 22 USEA-recognized events in March, April and May have been canceled or postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. You can view those events here.

Ten events remain on the USEA calendar for April and, being outside the mandatory USEA two-week suspension window, they are taking a wait-and-see approach. With those opening dates already upon us or fast approaching some events have issued statements regarding their game plans and refund policies for those who may be considering entering.

April 8-12: Ocala International 3-Day Festival of Eventing
Released March 16

Thank you for your patience.

We are closely monitoring the situation and the CDC recommendations. At this time, the Florida Horse Park gates will be closed until April 1 and all events are canceled.

We have not yet made a final decision on the Ocala International Festival of Eventing held April 11-13.

Look for an announcement to be coming by next Monday, March 23.

Stay safe, wash your hands, and ride your ponies at home!

April 18-19: River Glen Spring H.T.
Released March 14

In light of the recent announcement by USEF to not issue points from March 16 to April 16, and keeping the health and safety of our competitors, families, and staff in mind, we are at this point planning on holding our April 18-19 Spring Horse Trials. We are closely monitoring the situation and will post updates as needed.

These are very uncertain times right now. I think we will have a better understanding of where things are headed over the next 2 weeks. Hopefully the measures we are all taking now will curb the spread of Covid-19, and in a few weeks we can all start to cautiously return to normal activities.

April 18-19: Plantation Field Horse Trials
Released March 17

These are very uncertain times right now. I think we will have a better understanding of where things are headed over the next two weeks. Hopefully the measures we are all taking now will curb the spread of COVID-19, and in a few weeks we can all start to cautiously return to normal activities.

As of now, the April 18-19 Plantation Field Horse Trials lies outside the current recommended USEF and USEA event cancellation policies. We all know that could change, but we are hoping to be able to run the event. There will be significant steps taken to be sure we are following all recommended guidelines to keep everyone safe. The welfare of our volunteers, competitors, and support staff is of utmost concern.

We want to assure competitors that if you enter, and we are unable to run due to federal, state, local, or federation directives, refunds will be issued. If in fact things settle down and the competition is held, it may fill quickly as it will occur the first weekend after the suspension period ends. I encourage you to enter without fear of losing your entry fee.

Please be conscientious over the next few weeks and do your part in stomping down the spread of this nasty virus. Fingers crossed we will see you in April.

Other events taking place in April that haven’t yet canceled or issued statements at the time of this publication:

We’ll keep you posted on all the latest. Go Eventing.

Pine Hill H.T. Is Canceled or Postponed

Marcella Pinell & Amplified on course at Pine Hill. Photo by Kate Boggan.

We are saddened to share the latest victim of COVID-19’s impact on U.S. eventing: Pine Hill Spring Horse Trials, scheduled to take place on April 4 in Bellville, Texas. Today the event released the following statement:

“In the 25 years of my involvement with the Pine Hill Horse Trials we have never had to completely cancel or postpone a USEA sanctioned event. This is even with 9/11, Hurricane Ike, Phil’s Passing in 2011, droughts and wildfires, Hurricane Harvey, tornadic thunderstorms, and flooding. So cancelling our April 4 USEA Spring Horse Trial due to the outbreak of the COVID-19 virus is a new and somber milestone for us.

“We have new jumps, new courses, and new footing in our jumper arena and we were so excited to share these improvements and changes with our Area V competitors. Up until today we thought we might be able to hold the show but the rapid spread and efforts to contain and ‘flatten the curve’ of the virus have finally reached a level that directs us to put the safety and well-being of our competitors, officials, and volunteers (as well as their families) first and foremost by limiting exposure.

“All competitors that have entered the show need to be reassured that we will not be keeping any of your entry fees. We understand we are all in for some hard times with a wounded economy and we want to make sure we support you so that you continue to support us when we get back to normalcy whenever that may be. For those who sent personal checks – I have not deposited any of them and will destroy them. For those who paid by credit card on X-entry – I will need 2-3 weeks to process that money through the Pine Hill account and send out refunds. For those who used an Entry Certificate won at one of the Area Eventing Association banquets – we will extend the one year limit to include April 2021.

“We will explore options for a makeup date and if it is feasible we will get the word out.

“Thank you so much for your understanding and continued support of Pine Hill. Be Safe and Stay Healthy!”

View a full list of canceled or postponed USEA events, which number 22 as of the time of this publication, here. Go Eventing.

Winona H.T. Is Postponed

Winona Horse Trials, originally scheduled for May 8-10 at Stone Gate Farm in Hanoverton, OH, is sadly among the list now numbering over 20 USEA events that have been canceled or postponed due to COVID-19 concerns. We are glad, however, to hear that they are seeking a postponement date.

Owners Jackie and Dave Smith issued the following statement:

“It’s hard to believe that the Winona Horse Trials is being added to the ever-growing list of competitions adversely affected by the Coronavirus.  Due to the latest updates and recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the State of Ohio, it is with great sadness and frustration that the Winona Horse Trials scheduled for May 8-10 at Stone Gate Farm will not run in May.  However, we do plan on running at a later date.

“We currently have the approval of the USEA Area VIII Chairman to change the date and a formal request has been sent to United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) and United States Eventing Association (USEA).  We hope to make a formal announcement soon, but with the upcoming opening date just around the corner we wanted to give our riders a heads up. 

“We’re looking forward to celebrating the 35th Anniversary of the Winona Horse Trials with all our loyal competitors, volunteers, officials, friends and family even if it has a little later than originally planned.

“In the meantime, stay safe, stay strong and stay sane … ride on!!

“Dave & Jackie”

We’ll share that postponement date when it becomes confirmed. Please keep an eye on the Winona H.T. Facebook page for updates. Go Eventing.

First CCI4*-S of the British Season, Thoresby Park, Is Canceled

The day after British Eventing issued the cancellation of all forthcoming competition, effective immediately, The Eventing Spring Carnival at Thoresby Park has confirmed that it will not run.

Thoresby Park, a new fixture that was to host the first CCI4*-S of the British eventing season, was scheduled for March 27-29 in north Nottinghamshire. The CCI4*-S division had 130 entries, with over 700 more entries spread across other FEI and horse trial divisions. We will be excited for its new debut date next year, April 1-4, 2021.

The event is run by BEDE Events, which also runs Osberton H.T. (Oct. 2-6) and Firle Place H.T. (May 9-10).

A statement released this morning from BEDE Events:

In light of the UK Government’s most recent announcement, and following discussions with the sport’s governing body, British Eventing, BEDE Events has made the sad but inevitable decision to cancel The Eventing Spring Carnival in 2020.

The welfare of competitors, supporters and visitors is paramount and the government’s advice has been to minimise social contact and non-essential travel. With restrictions on the support of the emergency services, the responsible decision is to take all action necessary not to further
burden the NHS or risk members’ safety at events.

Stuart Buntine, MD of BEDE Events would like to thank all the businesses, volunteers, organisations and competitors who have been so supportive.

“We will keep you posted on the status of eventing, and let you know when we are able to reopen and leap into action again.”

For further information email [email protected]

Visit the Thoresby Park website here.

Kentucky Derby Postponed from May 2 to Sept. 5

With yesterday’s news of the cancellation of the 2020 Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event and the first COVID-19 related death in the state, an announcement regarding the fate Kentucky Derby was imminent.

Churchill Downs released a formal statement this morning:

The 146th Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve will be rescheduled from May 2, 2020 to September 5, 2020 and the 146th Longines Kentucky Oaks will be rescheduled from May 1, 2020 to September 4, 2020. These dates are contingent upon final approval from the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission which we expect to receive on Thursday, March 19.

Churchill Downs Incorporated CEO, Bill Carstanjen, stated: “Throughout the rapid development of the COVID-19 pandemic, our first priority has been how to best protect the safety and health of our guests, team members and community. As the situation evolved, we steadily made all necessary operational adjustments to provide the safest experience and environment. The most recent developments have led us to make some very difficult, but we believe, necessary decisions and our hearts are with those who have been or continue to be affected by this pandemic.  

Our team is united in our commitment to holding the very best Kentucky Derby ever and certainly the most unique in any of our lifetimes. While we are always respectful of the time-honored traditions of the Kentucky Derby, our Company’s true legacy is one of resilience, the embracing of change and unshakeable resolve.”

The postponement marks the first time the Derby will not be held on the first Saturday in May since 1945, when it was postponed to June 9 after the government issued a ban on horse racing due to World War II.

For the latest information on Derby Week, Spring Meet and details on ticketing as well as other relevant information regarding this change, you can visit KentuckyDerby.com/updates.

Full Gallop Farm March 29 H.T. Is Canceled [Updated]

Update: Full Gallop Farm will not be hosting the schooling show, but will be hoping to postpone the event. 

Among the events falling within the USEA two-week suspension window is the Full Gallop Farm March II H.T. the final weekend of the month in Aiken, SC. New Event Horse, Young Event Horse and Dressage Test of Choice classes were take place on Saturday, March 28; the Starter through Preliminary horse trial divisions were to take place on Sunday, March 29.

Full Gallop has issued the following official statement:

In response to the announcement from the USEA suspending all recognized events for two weeks and the USEF and FEI urging the cancelation of events for 30 days due to the COVID-19 pandemic, here is Full Gallop Farm’s response and plan:

While the refund policy in the USEA omnibus clearly states that there are no refunds for competition cancellation, we felt it was in our community’s best interest to come up with a balanced plan that offered some form of return on your competition investment. We wish we could offer refunds, however, that is just not possible. There are many pre-show expenses that occur whether the competition is held or not.

Full Gallop Farm — Rescheduling of March Horse Trials

We are requesting a move of the current scheduled March 29th Horse Trials to a date TBD. Anyone who has prepaid to attend the March 29th Horse Trials will be issued a voucher to be used towards any upcoming events, shows, or cross-country schooling fees until March 31st, 2021.

The New Event Horse and Young Event Horse competition is cancelled and refunds will be issued for those entries that have paid.

Three Phase Schooling Show to Replace Horse Trials

We are scheduling a Three-Phase Schooling show on March 29, 2020. Registrations will be available at EventEntries.com as of March 17th after 10 a.m. All registrations must be prepaid.  If you cannot use EventEntries you can drop off an entry or email the entry and PayPal the entry fees using the “friends and Family” option to [email protected] Those who have prepaid for the March 29, 2020 event may apply those fees for the schooling show and the difference in amounts will be issued in a voucher to be used towards any upcoming events, shows or cross country schooling fees until March 31st, 2021.

If you do not want a voucher, or to run the schooling event with a voucher for the difference, the other option you have is just to scratch your entry. If you decide to take this option be advised the only refund you will receive is your USEA starter fee of $25. The rest of the entry and stabling will not be refunded. 

Things are changing rapidly so watch for any updates.

Please email us at [email protected] with which option you would like exercise.

Visit the Full Gallop Farm website here and Facebook page here.

COVID-19 Forces Cancellation of 2020 Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event

The 2020 Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event (April 23-26) has been cancelled.

After releasing an update of sorts earlier today…

We will release an official statement on the status of LRK3DE 2020 and the Kentucky Invitational Grand Prix in the next few days. Admittedly, as a small nonprofit organization, we may not be as nimble or as fast as for-profit companies in situations like this. Please be patient with us while we work through the details of this unprecedented situation. Thank you! You truly are the BEST fans all year.

… the event conceded, which makes sense being a major sporting event that attract tens of thousands of spectators, in light of the CDC’s recommendation that gatherings with over 50 people be canceled for 60 days.

Equestrian Events Inc. (EEI) has announced cancellation of this year’s Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event presented by MARS Equestrian™ and Kentucky CSI3* Invitational Grand Prix presented by Hagyard Equine Medical Institute. The events had been scheduled for April 23-26 at the Kentucky Horse Park.

“This marks the first cancellation in the event’s 42-year history, but the worldwide health crisis and concerns about the spread of COVID-19 make this the only decision possible,” said Lee Carter, EEI executive director. “This is incredibly disappointing to everyone on so many levels, but the health and well-being of everyone—spectators, volunteers, athletes, staff and officials—is our number one priority and given the current situation, there really is no choice.”

“Sporting events and large public gatherings are being called off all across the country and it is with deep regret, and with the highest concern for all our patrons, that we take this step,” said Mike Cooper, EEI president. “With the recommendation by the CDC to cancel or postpone events with guests for the next eight weeks, it became apparent that this was the only acceptable course of action.”

Refund options for ticket holders will be announced soon.

Kentucky’s State Health Operations Center is operating at Level 1, its highest activation level. COVID-19 was first detected in a Kentucky resident on March 6; at the time of this publication, there have been 21 reported cases and the state reported its first death, who had other medical conditions, today in Bourbon County, a 66-year-old man.

Governor Andy Beshear (brother in-law of eventer five-star eventer Emily Beshear) has been lauded for his calm but urgent approach, empowering the state’s public health officials to speak frankly about the outbreak and taking appropriately aggressive steps to mitigate it including closing restaurants and bars to in-person service, closing schools and closing the State Capitol closing to nonessential personnel. View the full list of mitigation efforts here.

Other upcoming equestrian sporting events in Kentucky include Keeneland’s Spring Meet (April 2-24), which was cancelled today, and the Kentucky Derby, which will be making an announcement this week.

You can view a rolling list of canceled or postponed events here.

Stay well, EN. Go Eventing.




Monday News & Notes from Fleeceworks

My husband Tommy and our son Thomas at the MARS Eventing Showcase earlier this year. Photo by Leslie Wylie.

When your life revolves around something that is, suddenly, pulled out out from underneath you, it feels … well … fill in the blank with your own emotions here. But listen, my eventing family: this, too, shall pass.

Take some time. Take a breath. Take stock of your life and loved ones. We’ll come out the other side, and stronger.

U.S. Weekend Action:

Ocala Winter II H.T. [Website] [Results]

Pine Top Spring H.T. [Website] [Results]

MeadowCreek Park H.T. [Website] [Results]

News & Notes: 

The following events have been fully or partially canceled, postponed or modified in format as of Sunday evening, March 15.

Resources: USEF: Corona Disease ResourcesUSEA: Event Responses to Coronavirus (COVID-19)

A bit of levity for you:

“Cheltenham’s horsey set unmoved by some poxy little global pandemic: Outside world can only look on aghast as festival continues amid coronavirus crisis.” [Irish Times]

And… this:

Stay safe out there EN! Go Eventing.

Cancellations Update: Poplar, Majestic Oaks, Galway, Rocking Horse, Morven, Spring Bay, Fair Hill

A number of USEA events put their hands up over the weekend, as the USEA suspended all recognized events for two weeks and the USEF and FEI urged the cancelation of events for 30 days due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The following events have been fully or partially canceled, postponed or modified in format as of Sunday evening, March 15.

Seven more events — Poplar Place, Majestic Oaks, Galway Downs, Rocking Horse, Morven Park, Spring Bay and Fair Hill — released statements over the weekend. Please visit the USEA website for a complete list of statements from events.

March 21-22: Poplar Place Farm March H.T. – Canceled
Released March 14

Based on recent directives from USEF and USEA, Poplar Place Farm will have to cancel our March Horse Trials. Watch for email from the show secretary regarding entry credits.

We were set to run but the health and safety of our competitors, officials, and employees are most important. Thank you for your support.”

March 21-22: Horse Trials at Majestic Oaks – Postponed
Released March 14

Majestic Oaks is following the recommendations from the USEF, USEA and all government agencies with respect to hosting events where there are gatherings of people. Therefore our March Horse Trials is postponed.

We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this is creating or causing anyone who had set aside March 21-22 2020 as an opportunity to compete in our Horse Trials.

March 27-29: Galway Downs International H.T. – Canceled/Postponed
Released March 14

With the most recent directives from FEI, USEF and USEA we have no choice but to cancel our March 27th-29th International Event and Horse Trials.

Given the unique circumstances we are requesting to add in an International CCI-S 2*, 3*, and 4* event to our existing OI-Intro recognized Spring Horse Trials on May 1st-3rd as well as add an Advanced horse trials.

For those entered into next weekends cancelled event (March 27th-29th) you will have the following options available to you:

Option one: Your existing entry and stabling to be used to compete in our unrecognized March 27th-28th Prelim-Intro horse trials. This would also move any existing consumables (hay, shavings, RV). During this show we will be proceeding with our previous plan to make it a biosecure event.

Option two: Entry credit less stabling to be applied to May 1-3 International Event and Horse Trials. This would also moving any existing consumables (hay, shavings, RV).

Option three: Receive any association fees back and consumables (hay, shavings, tickets, RV). Stabling and entry fee will be lost.

Please contact Rick Dunkerton at [email protected] with what option you would like to proceed with and we thank you all for your support and understanding in this very unique time.

Thank you,
Kellerhouse Presents Team

March 27-29: Rocking Horse Spring H.T. – Canceled
Released March 14

Official Rocking Horse statement regarding coronavirus (COVID-19): In light of the current concern with the coronavirus outbreak, Rocking Horse Spring Horse Trials will now run as a schooling show on Saturday, March 28 & Sunday, March 29, 2020 in accordance with strict guidelines from The Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). If a competitor decides at any time to scratch their Spring entry before the start of the show, they will be issued a full refund on their entry or it can be forwarded to a future schooling show or recognized show. Please take a moment and notify us how you’d like to proceed with your entry: email us at [email protected]

We will continue to monitor the situation and if any changes should be made, we will be sure to notify you all immediately! Stay safe! Thank you – Rocking Horse Staff

March 28-29: Morven Park Spring H.T. – Canceled
Released March 14

Out of an abundance of caution and compliance with the USEF and USEA requests to suspend equestrian competition, the 2020 Morven Park Spring Horse Trials will be canceled. The annual eventing competition has been held since 1974 and sees hundreds of equestrians competing in dressage, show jumping, and cross-country at one of the first recognized competitions of the season. Spring Horse Trials was scheduled to be held March 28 and 29 at the Morven Park International Equestrian Center.

“In our 46 years of hosting Horse Trials we’ve never had to cancel before,” said Sheryl Williams, Morven Park’s Executive Director. “We’ve seen rainstorms, out of season temperatures, and even a little snow, but there’s no way to weather this. We share in the disappointment felt by the riders that were scheduled to compete, and the owners, trainers, volunteers, and sponsors who have been so supportive of the Morven Park Horse Trials over the years.”

Due to the extenuating circumstances of this cancellation, Morven Park has chosen not to follow the protocol stated in our Omnibus listing and will issue everyone a full refund for their entry and stabling. There will be no administrative fee taken from your refund. Please email [email protected] with the correct name and mailing address that you would like your refund sent to, and we will start to process those on Monday, March 16th.

At this time, we are also canceling our Open Cross-Country Schooling Day on March 30th. We are extremely saddened to be unable to host this event, but hope that everyone will come out to support all of our upcoming equestrian events that are still scheduled to take place starting on April 18th.

In the coming months, Morven Park International Equestrian Center is looking forward to welcoming riders and spectators at the upcoming Summer Show Series for hunter/jumpers, the fourth season of Polo in the Park, and in October for the Morven Park Fall International Horse Trials and CCI.

April 4-5: Spring Bay H.T. – Canceled
Released March 13

It is with the deepest regret I have to announce that we will be canceling Spring Bay this year. Between the USEF announcement and the fact that the Lexington County Parks Department is closing Masterson Station to all organized groups, we have no choice.

We were so excited to offer a good competition, not to mention the first Modified level in Area 8. I know many of us are reeling from the news of so many competitions being lost this spring and the impact of all of this will be unfolding over the next little while.

Everyone will be notified by email with further details and we appreciate your patience as we sort it all out. Rest assured, we will be back and we look forward to seeing you in 2021!

April 10-12: Fair Hill International April H.T. and CCI-S 
Released March 14

Official Statement Regarding COVID-19:
It is with regret that we announce the cancellation of the National Divisions of our April Recognized Horse Trials, scheduled to be held April 10 – 12, 2020 at the Maryland Department of Natural Resources Management Area in Fair Hill. In compliance with the current Maryland State Of Emergency regulations, as well as US Equestrian directives, we feel it is in the best interest of competitors, officials & volunteers to cancel our National divisions at this time.

Fair Hill International is also scheduled to hold FEI divisions (CCI-S 4/3/2*) that same weekend. We will have an announcement on Monday regarding the status of the FEI divisions, as we work to figure out all the details with FEI, USEF, and the Maryland Department of Natural Resources. Please stay tuned.

All competitor entry fees for the National divisions will be refunded. We wish good health & safety to everyone.


Stable View Spring CCI-S Cancels National Divisions; FEI Divisions Still Open for Entries

We are sorry to report that Stable View in Aiken, SC, has canceled the national divisions of its March 27-28 event; the fate of the FEI divisions are still up in the air but currently accepting entries.

Designer Builders Stable View Spring CCI-S

“OFFICIAL STATEMENT REGARDING COVID-19: Stable View has always made horse and human welfare its number one priority, and we have kept a constant watch on developments related to the Coronavirus (COVID-19). As previously stated, we had the full intention of running all events unless otherwise advised by governing organizations. Unfortunately, through statements made today by USEF and the FEI, as well as growing pressure from state and federal agencies, we now feel compelled to cancel all National Divisions for the next month. Full repayment will be made to all riders for all fees associated with these entries. This weekend’s Southern Comfort Dressage show remains unaffected.

“For the FEI event scheduled to run March 27-28, we are continuing to take advice. We have been told that upper level riders need to be able to run their horses, in case the Olympics still occur, and that we would be providing a needed service to these riders if the event proceeds. Having taken further advice, we have been told that the event would still count as an FEI qualifier, but not a USEF qualifier, and that we are still allowed to give prize money.

“If we do proceed, we would take as many precautions as possible, including canceling our vendor row and competitors party, and ordering extra hand sanitizing stations. Another option is to run a schooling event on the same course at a reduced entry price. Regardless of which direction we go, we would offer a full refund to riders who would prefer not to come. We are seeking further clarification and will make a further announcement ASAP. At present, our FEI event remains open for entries.”

As of this time, the following USEA recognized events have officially been canceled, postponed or modified.

Click here for a rolling list of equestrian events that have been canceled or postponed.

Southern Arizona March H.T. & CDCTA Spring H.T. Canceled

We are very sorry to share the latest event cancellations due to coronavirus.

Southern Arizona March H.T. 

“Regretfully, SAzEA March Horse Trials (March 20-22, 2020) is canceled pursuant to directives from the USEF issued today regarding the COVID-19. We are working on as generous a refund policy as possible. We hope to have those details ready within the next few days and appreciate your patience during the process.

“In the meantime, the SAzEA Cross-Country course stands ready for use. We are offering cross-country schooling for the next two weekends – March 14-15 and 21-22. The membership requirement is waived for these special schooling weekends although all the rest of our schooling policies will apply. If you would like to school or need stabling PLEASE REGISTER ONLINE in the SHOP at southernarizonaeventing.org

“We are very sorry to have to make this decision, but the health of our riders and community are our primary concern. We look forward to seeing you in SAzEA Horse Trials on November 20-22, 2020 at the Area X Championship.”

CDCTA Spring Horse Trials

“Due to the recommendations of the United States Equestrian Federation, CDCTA has decided to cancel the CDCTA Spring Horse Trials scheduled for Sunday, April 5, 2020 in Berryville, Virginia. With the extraordinary effects of the coronavirus throughout the country, we feel this is the best decision for all our competitors, officials, and volunteers.

“We will be refunding ALL entry fees and office fees for received entries. Please allow us 2-3 weeks to get all these checks mailed out. Please feel free to contact the secretary, Lisa Mendell, at [email protected] with any questions.

“We look forward to seeing all of you for our Fall Horse Trials scheduled for Sunday, September 13, 2020. In the meantime, please enjoy your horses and stay safe and healthy.”

In accordance with the FEI, the USEF has issued a recommendation that all competitions be suspended for the next 30 days (through mid-April).

As of this time, the following USEA recognized events have officially been canceled, postponed or modified.

Click here for a rolling list of equestrian events that have been canceled or postponed.

USEF Issues Clarification Regarding USEF Licensed & FEI Eventing Competitions

Earlier today USEF announced: “Effective Monday, March 16, 2020, all USEF owned events, selection trials, training camps, clinics, and activities will be suspended for the next 30 days. 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.”

Jenni Autry, USEF Managing Director of Eventing, subsequently issued the following clarification.

“Dear all,

“Following today’s announcement from the USEF President and CEO regarding the COVID-19 Pandemic and USEF Licensed Competitions, I am reaching out to clarify how this will impact U.S. Eventing.

“Effective Monday, March 16, all USEF training camps, clinics and activities will be suspended for 30 days through Tuesday, April 14. All High Performance Open Forums scheduled during this time period are cancelled.

“The USEF strongly recommends that Organizers cancel all competitions running within the next 30 days, and the FEI strongly recommends that Organizers should cancel all events for the next four weeks. However, all USEF Licensed Competitions and U.S. FEI competitions can still run during the next 30 days if the Organizers still choose to run. 

“For competitions that do run, no National MERs can be obtained during the 30-day period. However, all FEI MERs earned within the 30-day period will still count for qualifications, including Olympic qualifications. All FEI points earned within the 30-day period will still count for the FEI Eventing World Athlete Rankings. All prize money earned in both National and FEI divisions during the 30-day period can still be paid out.

“Please be advised that the USEF strongly recommends that athletes do not compete for the next 30 days. If you do choose to compete, it is your responsibility to monitor each competition’s current status. USEF recommends that you take immediate steps to limit your exposure to COVID-19 and practice social distancing. Click here to read recommendations to limit exposure.

“The USEF and FEI are closely monitoring the situation, which is evolving by the hour. Please check the USEF website daily for any changes. If you have any questions, please reach out to me directly via email at [email protected], on my office line at 859-225-2052 or on my mobile at 717-254-9630.

Jenni Autry
USEF Managing Director of Eventing”

The major takeaway: no competitions are automatically cancelled, and all MERs at FEI competitions will still count for qualifications. It’s only National MERs that are affected.

Go Eventing.


Friday Video from SmartPak: Liz Halliday-Sharp & Cooley Quicksilver’s Ocala II Win

Liz Halliday-Sharp and Cooley Quicksilver at the $20K Ocala Horse Properties Eventing Prix earlier this month, where they finished 5th. Photo by Lisa Madren.

Liz Halliday-Sharp and Cooley Quicksilver have won the Advanced-Intermediate division at this weekend’s Ocala II H.T., whose upper level divisions concluded on Friday. The 9-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding (Womanizer x Kylemore Crystal, by Kreggan Diamond), owned by The Monster Partnership, moved from 3rd after dressage to 2nd after show jumping, ultimately landing the top spot on cross country day thanks to a clear round with 0.4 time penalties.

It’s been such fun watching this horse grow up from the Le Lion ranks, a bit whiter each year, and Liz looking sharp in a pinque coat too! Here are their rounds from Ocala, thanks as always to our stalwart patron saint of eventing videography David Frechette:

Liz also won the Advanced combined test with Fernhill By Night, adding one rail to their impressive dressage score of 23.9.

Advanced/Intermediate Final Results:

Ocala Winter II H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Carolina International CCI & H.T. Is Canceled

2019 CCI4*-S winners Liz Halliday-Sharp and Fernhill By Night. Photo by Jenni Autry.

We regret to share that the 2020 Carolina International CCI and H.T., scheduled for March 19-22 in Raeford, NC, has been canceled.

Carolina is a major fixture on the U.S. spring eventing calendar, featuring CCI4*-S,CCI3*-S and CCI2*-S international divisions and Training through Advanced national horse trial divisions.

The event issued the following statement:

“Following directives from the FEI and the USEF today, the decision has been made by the Carolina International Organizing Committee to cancel the Carolina International CCI and HT on March 19-22, 2020.

“The Carolina Horse Park is set up and ready for competition, so it greatly saddens the CI Organizing Committee and Carolina Horse Park Officials to make this decision. However, the health and well-being of all Carolina Horse Park visitors is our highest priority. It is our hope that our proactive approach in canceling the event will help reduce the spread of the virus.

“Currently we are working on as generous a refund policy as possible. We hope to have those details ready within the next few days and appreciate your patience during the process.

“For more information, visit www.carolinainternationalcci.com or contact Jane Murray at 978.578.1043 or [email protected]

Click here for a rolling list of equestrian events that have been canceled or postponed.

FEI, USEF Urge Shut-Down of All Competition for 30 Days

National and international governing bodies of equestrian sport have issued strong directives for organizers to suspend competitions for at least the next 30 days in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

From a letter sent to members by USEF:

“Effective Monday, March 16, 2020, all USEF owned events, selection trials, training camps, clinics, and activities will be suspended for the next 30 days. 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 [Editor’s note: this includes the Futures Team Challenge, which is canceled], or selection to a US team during this 30-day time period. This includes USEF National Championships.”

To clarify: All FEI MERs, prize money, points will still count; only National MERs, prize money and points are impacted.

Competition suspension is NOT a mandate but, for those who do choose to compete or host events, USEF urges immediate steps to limit exposure and create social distancing.

“We are counting on you to make responsible decisions based on the information available, the conditions in your geographic area and the recommendations from your local public health authorities. USEF will continue to assess the situation on a daily basis and will update our position as circumstances warrant.”

Read the full USEF letter here.

The FEI has emailed national federations imploring them not to run FEI events:

“We as a community have to make our contribution to limit the spread of this virus, as the sooner it can be contained the sooner we will be able to get back to normal life and normal sport. And this is something that every other sport is doing.

“The FEI appreciates the amount of work and incredible investment every Organiser puts into their Event. While the FEI does not itself organise any FEI Events, in light of the escalating numbers of persons affected by the virus and the restrictions imposed by national governments, the FEI strongly recommends that Organisers should cancel all events for the next four weeks until a reassessment of the situation can be made.” 

FEI calendar fees for events canceled because of COVID-19 will be waived. FEI says it is currently accessing the impact of event cancellations on other areas such as ranking points, MERs for the Olympic Games and qualifications for FEI Championships.

Read the full FEI letter here.

Additionally, the European Equestrian Federation and International Jumping Riders Club have called on national federations both within and beyond Europe to halt competitions from today through the end of April.

Clearly this has tremendous implications for our sport and its athletes. We will explore those in greater detail soon, as well as share more information as it becomes available.

Click here for a rolling list of equestrian events that have been canceled or postponed.

Reddick, FL-Area People: Check Your Pastures for Jennie Brannigan’s Horse

Photo via Jennie Brannigan’s FB page.

Jennie Brannigan had a horse jump out of her property on the Wednesday evening, March 11, and she’s not yet been able to locate her. Reddick, Florida-area folks: please keep an eye out and check your pastures for a stowaway!

She is a bay mare with a torn Cool Coat on. “She is a loved horse that is the last foal out of a very special mare to all of us … if you have any information I am begging you to call,” Jennie says.

Photo via Jennie Brannigan’s FB page.

Animal control and the police have been alerted. Despite a day of searching, at time of this publication (Friday noon) the mare is still missing.

The address of Jennie’s farm is 13701 NW 87th Ave Rd., Reddick, Florida, 32686. Please call 858-344-0404 with any information.

[Jennie’s Facebook Page]