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.