Canceled/Postponed Events: Virginia H.T., Groton House Farm H.T., Intercollegiate Eventing Championships

Two more events have announced cancellations or postponements today due to conditions surrounding the coronavirus pandemic. Both Virginia Horse Trials and Groton House Farms will not run their previously scheduled events:

Virginia Horse Trials (May 21-24, 2020 in Lexington, VA):

Following an order issued by Governor of Virginia declaring a ban on all gatherings of 10 or more people and stay-at-home orders, Virginia Horse Trials has announced the postponement of its May horse trials, scheduled to run May 21-24. The event will now look to move the event to July, if possible. The organizing team issued the following statement:

Following the Executive Order of the Governor of Virginia yesterday banning gatherings of greater than 10 people until 10th June 2020, and in the best interests of everyone’s health and safety, it is with great regret we have to announce that we will not be able to run Virginia Horse Trials on 21-24th May 2020.

It is our intention to work with USEF, FEI and Virginia Horse Center to find a new date in July if possible to run the event. It is likely that it will run during the week as we have so many events already running at the weekends however we will be as flexible as possible in finding a solution.

“I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for your support and I hope that during these unknown times everyone stays safe,” said VHT Organizer Andy Bowles. “We look forward to seeing you once we get through this.”

Groton House Farms Horse Trials (June 6 and June 21 in South Hamilton, MS):

The situation with the Coronavirus definitely seems to be escalating and will not be over soon. This leads to the clear, yet disappointing reality that after 40+ years GHF 2020 will not be able to run this year. This will also include the Spring Two-phase and the Summer Classic.
We can now focus on getting through this crisis and looking forward to GHF 2021 with renewed energy and enthusiasm !
Stay well everyone!
Intercollegiate Eventing Championships (May 16-17 at Chattahoochee Hills in Fairburn, GA):
The USEA has announced the cancellation of its Intercollegiate Eventing Championships, which were scheduled to be held May 16-17 alongside Chattahoochee Hills Horse Trials. At this time, Chattahoochee Hills’ May event is still scheduled to run.

The United States Eventing Association (USEA) is disappointed to announce that due to COVID-19, the 2020 USEA Intercollegiate Eventing Championships on May 16-17 at Chattahoochee Hills Horse Trials are canceled.

“I am so very sorry for the students, especially the seniors, who have been looking forward to the Championships. They have worked incredibly hard all year to train and fundraise, but in the interest of a level playing field, I believe this is the right decision. I urge our students now to remember the spirit of the intercollegiate program and show their utmost camaraderie and friendship during this difficult time for our sport, our community, and our world. We will come back from this better than ever,” said the USEA Intercollegiate Committee Chair Leslie Threlkeld.

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