What’s Still Standing on the June USEA Event Calendar? (And Should You Enter?) [Updated 5/24]

Stable View Summer H.T. in Aiken, SC, is offering a full refund in the event of competition cancellation. Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

With a solid USEF Action Plan in place and USEF/USEA competition bans lifting at the end of the month, several events scheduled or rescheduled for June are gearing up to run — some more tentatively than others, due to the restrictions of their individual states. With their opening dates in the rear view and some closing dates fast approaching, many eventers are left wondering whether to send their entries in now or sit tight until the last possible moment, or even whether to enter at all.

Competition organizers, of course, want us to get those entries in as soon as possible so that they can move forward with preparations. Competitors, on the other hand, want some assurance that they’re not going to be out an entry fee if the event gets canceled. Event cancellation refund policies vary from event to event, ranging from a very generous full refund (Stable View Summer H.T.) to no refund at all (most events). Which is understandable, as competitions have to put a lot of money forward on the front end that they would not be able to recoup, but not confidence boosting for potential competitors.

We’ve listed out a current (as of May 20) schedule of the 16 USEA events in June along with opening/closing dates and refund policies. Please refer to the USEA Competitions Calendar, as well as the individual events’ websites and social media pages, for updates — as we all know too well, anything can change at any moment.

Some events have used the calendar to share their own Covid-19 protocols (in addition to the USEF’s) for running a safe competition, which also goes a long way toward reassuring competitors, many of whom are rightly wary. Many have shifted to a one-day format (Beginner Novice and Novice, for instance, might run all three phases on Saturday, followed by Training and Prelim on Sunday). Others have eliminated food and tack vendors, or come up with creative strategies — Golden Spike H.T., for instance, has enlisted local Pony Club volunteers to act as “social distance officers.” And all required to be compliant with the USEF Action Plan.

If you HAVE already submitted an entry: Please note that pending changes to the USEF Entry Agreement and Waiver and Release form will require that any signature page submitted after April 30th, 2020 be re-signed prior to the competition. Esign has been turned off in Xentry. Entrants shall be alerted when the new forms are in place for re-signing through Xentry.

To enter or not to enter … that’s a question that you’ll have to answer for yourself. And when you do submit that first entry back, do so conscientiously, taking into consideration your horse’s preparation and fitness levels — there’s no shame in dropping down a level until you’re back in the groove. (USEF President Max Corcoran shared some pearls of wisdom on this topic in last week’s “A Safe Return to Competition” USEF/USEA joint webinar.) Most importantly: Once we do get out there, let’s all work together to keep everyone safe!

AREA I

June 27 – 28: GMHA June H.T. (VT)

  • Opens May 12
  • Closes June 9
  • Divisions: BN, N, T, P
  • Event cancellation refund policy: No refund

AREA II

June 6-7: The Middleburg H.T. (VA)

  • Opens Apr 21
  • Closes May 19
  • Divisions: BN, N, T, P
  • Notes: Will announce decision about whether to run on Friday, May 22, pending word from the Virginia governor
  • Event cancellation refund policy:  Accepting entries but not collecting payment unless the event runs
  • Update 5/22: Canceled

June 6: Plantation Field H.T. (PA)

  • Opens Apr 21
  • Closes May 19
  • Divisions: BN, N, T, P, I
  • Event cancellation refund policy: No refund

June 13 – 14: Waredaca H.T. (MD)

  • Opens Apr 28
  • Closes May 26
  • Divisions: BN, N, T, M, P, I

Notes: rescheduled from original date. Pending Maryland Covid-19 restrictions, a decision about whether to run will be announced on June 5. Until the event is confirmed to run:1. Please enter WITH ALL REQUIRED PAPERWORK but DO NOT INCLUDE PAYMENT 2. Once/If we are confirmed to run, this will be announced and PAYMENT SHOULD BE DONE TO COMPLETE EACH ENTRY. 3.  NO ENTRY  will be scheduled until it is complete-paperwork and full payment 4.  NO ENTRY REFUNDS after the POST ENTRY/CLOSING DATE OF JUNE 5.

  • Event cancellation refund policy: No refund

June 13-14: War Horse Event Series June H.T.

  • Opens May 19
  • Closes June 6
  • Divisions: BN, N, T, M, P
  • Notes: Usually a schooling series, WHES applied for USEA licensure to offer more opportunities for riders to compete at recognized competitions (schooling horse trial, dressage and CT divisions are also available)
  • Event cancellation refund policy: Not specified

June 19-21: Surefire Farm H.T. (VA)

  • Opens May 5
  • Closes June 2
  • Divisions: YEH-4, YEH-5, BN, N, T, P, I
  • Event cancellation refund policy: No refund

June 27 – 28: Loudoun Hunt Pony Club Summer H.T. (VA)

  • Opens May 12
  • Closes June 9
  • Divisions: BN, N, T, P, I
  • Notes: The event will announce on or before June 10 if it will run.
  • Event cancellation refund policy: Accepting entries with no payment

June 27 – 28: Horse Park of New Jersey H.T. I (NJ)

  • Opens May 12
  • Closes June 9
  • Divisions: BN, N, T, P, I, A
  • Notes: Status of event pending Covid-19 restrictions in New Jersey. A final decision will be announced on June 5. Entries are being accepted through EventEntries only; no payment is required until June 5.
  • Event cancellation refund policy: Stabling only

AREA III

June 6 – 7: River Glen June H.T. (TN)

  • Opens Apr 21
  • Closes May 19
  • Divisions: Starter, BN, N, TN, T, PT, P, IP, I
  • Event cancellation refund policy: No refund

June 13 – 14: Full Gallop Farm June H.T. (SC)

  • Opens Apr 28
  • Closes May 26
  • Divisions: NEH, Starter, YEH-4, YEH-5, BN, N, TN, T, PT, P, IP
  • Event cancellation refund policy: No refund. Free cross-country school in future.

June 19 – 21: Stable View Summer H.T.

  • Opens May 5
  • Closes June 2
  • Divisions: BN, N, T, M, P, I, A
  • Notes: View Stable View Farm’s social distancing guidelines here
  • Event cancellation refund policy: Full refund

June 27 – 28: Chattahoochee Hills H.T. (GA)

  • Opens May 12
  • Closes June 9
  • Divisions: BN, N, T, M, P, I
  • Event cancellation refund policy: partial refund
  • Event cancellation refund policy: No refund

AREA IV

June 13: Silverwood Farm Spring H.T. (WI)

  • Opens Apr 28
  • Closes May 26
  • Divisions: Starter, BN, N, T, PT
  • Event cancellation refund policy: No refund

AREA V

June 6: Feather Creek Farm H.T. (OK)

  • Opens Apr 21
  • Closes May 19 (accepting post-entries through Monday, June 1, with no late fee)
  • Divisions: Intro, Starter, BN, N, T, P
  • Notes: The horse trials will run over-one day; haul-in fees are waived.
  • Event cancellation refund policy: No refund

June 20 – 21: Texas Rose Horse Park H.T. (TX)

  • Opens May 5
  • Closes June 2
  • Divisions: FEH-2, FEH-3, FEH-4, FEH-YEAR, NEH, Intro, YEH-4, YEH-5, BN, N, T, PT, P, IP, I
  • Notes: rescheduled from original date
  • Event cancellation refund policy: No refund

AREA VI

No events in June

AREA VII

No events in June

AREA VIII

June 27 – 28: Cobblestone Farms H.T. I (MI)

  • Opens May 12
  • Closes June 9
  • Divisions: Starter, BN, N, T, P
  • Notes: Pending status of Covid-19 restrictions
  • Event cancellation refund policy: No refund

AREA IX

June 13 – 14: Golden Spike H.T. (UT)

  • Opens Apr 28
  • Closes May 26
  • Divisions: Intro, BN, N, T, PT, P
  • Event cancellation refund policy: No refund

AREA X

No events in June

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