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2020 National Dressage Pony Cup & Small Horse Championships Canceled Due to COVID-19

Lake St. Louis, Mo. – May 7, 2020 – The organizers of the National Dressage Pony Cup (NDPC) and Small Horse Championship Show regret to announce the cancellation of the 2020 event, which was scheduled for July 17-19 at the National Equestrian Center in Lake St. Louis, Mo., due to ongoing uncertainty surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic.

Last year’s NDPC show was a record-setting event, with 250 entries representing more than 25 U.S. states and Canadian provinces as well as 35 different breeds of ponies and small horses, all competing for top honors across 51 championship divisions from the Intro Level to Grand Prix.

Founded in 2007 by Jenny Carol in order to showcase and promote ponies competing in dressage, the NDPC has continued to grow in size and enthusiasm each year. With the addition of small horse championship divisions in 2018, the NDPC has become a destination event for pony and small horse dressage enthusiasts of all ages and backgrounds from across North America. But that widespread appeal is also a big part of the reason why Carol has made the tough decision to cancel this year’s competition in light of the ongoing effects of COVID-19.

“I have agonized over this because I realize that the Pony Cup is something that so many people look forward to every year,” said Carol. “But as much as we want to see everyone this summer, we have come to the conclusion that in light of all that’s happening with the COVID-19 pandemic, cancelling the show is the most responsible thing to do.

“We realize that there is still so much uncertainty about COVID-19, and it is a very fluid situation. Travel restrictions may remain in place for some time, and on top of that we feel like we simply cannot in good conscience ask people to drive across the country and Canada to gather at a large horse show like ours and possibly endanger their health,” Carol continued. “Also, many people are impacted financially, and some haven’t even been able to go ride their ponies and prepare for competition due to stay-at-home orders and barn closures. And last but not least, the Pony Cup is about so much more than just riding tests in the arena – it’s a fun, social event for everyone. We feel like if we were to try to hold the show this year, it would have to be with so many precautions and restrictions that it just wouldn’t be the same experience our competitors have come to expect.”

Although heartbroken at the decision to cancel this year’s event, Carol encouraged competitors to look forward to coming back to the National Dressage Pony Cup & Small Horse Championship Show in Lake St. Louis, Mo. in 2021. Also, at this time, the Dressage Sport Horse Breeding divisions of the National Dressage Pony Cup Championships are still scheduled to run as originally planned at Dressage at Devon, from September 22-29, 2020 in Devon, Pa.

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ESP Announces Addition of WEF Premiere Week at 2021 Winter Equestrian Festival

Photo copyright White Fence Equine Photography.

Wellington, FL – May 4, 2020 – Equestrian Sport Productions (ESP) announces that an additional week will be added to the 2021 show schedule as part of the 2021 Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF). The “WEF Premiere” week will be held on January 6-10 and added on to the beginning of the WEF 2021 circuit, held at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center in Wellington, FL.

Our hearts go out to everyone suffering during this difficult situation, whether it is hardships with their health or their business. Our industry has been severely impacted, and everyone at ESP has been working hard to keep Palm Beach International Equestrian Center ready for when shows resume. Equestrian Sport Productions wants to offer a way for everyone to be able to enjoy competitive sport again and build their businesses back up.

“The mandated COVID-19 cancellation of the last two weeks of the 2020 WEF was very hard on all of our stakeholders,” said ESP President Michael Stone. “We are very cognizant of the hardships created by the abbreviated schedule and also keenly aware of the difficulties everyone is facing as the pandemic continues. We wanted to find a way to add value back to our competitors, sponsors, vendors, and VIP tableholders and feel that we can best accomplish this by being able to offer more with an additional week on the WEF schedule in 2021.”

The remaining 2021 WEF circuit will run as originally scheduled on January 13 – April 4 with the full schedule of major events essentially running as it did in 2020.

The WEF Premiere week will be a USEF Premier “AA” rated show and host national rated competition – pending final approval by US Equestrian – as will the following week of WEF competition. International FEI jumper competition will then follow during the week of January 20-24 with a CSI2* rating per the usual WEF calendar. For awards and circuit championships, competitors will still use the best nine weeks of competition out of the 13 now available for tallying points and money won.

“We are working to balance our escalating and unpredictable costs of managing the facility in the new post-pandemic environment,” added Stone. “We believe that the equestrian industry will emerge stronger in 2021, and WEF will continue to provide the best possible sport of any horse show in the United States. Our top priority is to provide a safe environment for everyone involved, and we look forward to welcoming everyone to the circuit in 2021.”

For more information on the Winter Equestrian Festival, please visit www.PBIEC.com.

PBIEC Competition Update from Equestrian Sport Productions

Wellington, FL – May 2, 2020 – Over the past month, Equestrian Sport Productions, LLC (ESP) has been working with the various governing bodies in order to obtain the necessary permissions to resume competition at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center in Wellington, FL. The proposed schedule includes two weeks of schooling events after May 14th, and three weeks of USEF “A” National and 4* Jumper-rated shows in June.

While ESP takes the COVID-19 threat very seriously, it also recognizes the economic hardship that has been placed on all equine industry professionals due to the lack of shows. In order to ensure exhibitor and staff safety at the Equestrian Village facility, an extensive list of COVID-19 safety protocols have been implemented since the shut down in mid-March. These protocols are being enhanced as the newest information and recommendations are released by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Center for Disease Control (CDC). Our modified COVID-19 protocols will then be submitted to and endorsed by our local health officials.

ESP is very cognizant of the serious nature of the pandemic. With the support of the State of Florida, Palm Beach County, and the Village of Wellington, we will begin operating our shows with strictly enforced protocols as soon as it is safe to do so. More information regarding schedules and safety procedures will be available soon at PBIEC.com. In the meantime, we appreciate your patience and understanding while we are working diligently to get you the most accurate information possible. We are sincerely looking forward to seeing our exhibitors in the show ring again while we all navigate our “new normal” show operations. As always, your safety and well-being is our number one priority.

Tentative USEF Show calendar:

ESP June I: June 3-7, 2020 – USEF “A” Rated, Jumper 4*
ESP June II: June 10-14, 2020 – USEF “A” Rated, Jumper 4*
ESP Spring V: June 17-21, 2020 – USEF “A” Rated, Jumper 4* (Pending USEF approval)

** May schooling events will be announced as soon as accurate information can be supplied.

For more information, please visit www.pbiec.com.

Prize Lists for 2020 Kentucky Horse Shows Summer Series Now Available

Lexington, Ky. – April 29, 2020 – Kentucky Horse Shows LLC is pleased to announce that the prize list for the 2020 Kentucky Summer Horse Shows is now available online. The shows are the first two of five weeks featuring top-notch hunter/jumper competition at the breathtaking Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Kentucky.

The prize list and entry forms can be accessed here.

At this point in time we are hoping to proceed as scheduled with our shows.  Entries and stall reservations by mail are open immediately. The online entry platform will open on May 1st. Entries and stall reservations may be secured online by credit card and by mail with a check. However, no credit cards will be charged and no checks deposited until we are certain that the shows can be held safely. At that time, all entries will be considered definite entries and will become subject to the show policy regarding scratches as outlined in the prize list.

We are in the process of developing protocols to ensure the safety of everyone involved in the horse show environment once horse shows start again. These procedures will be arrived at with the guidance of state and local health authorities as well as USEF and when we have finalized them, we will publish them. The driving force for all involved will be the health and safety of all exhibitors, their employees, and show staff.

We will continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation and maintain communication with the Kentucky Horse Park, state and local health officials, and USEF. Should we determine that the shows can’t be held safely we will notify all affected parties immediately. In the meantime, we will distribute any updates by email and social media. You can also monitor our website at www.kentuckyhorseshows.com.

For the 2020 show season, all Kentucky Horse Shows prize lists will only be available in digital format. Prize lists for USEF Pony Finals, Bluegrass Festival, and KHJA Horse Show will be distributed separately in the coming weeks.

For more information about the Kentucky Summer Series, please refer to the prize list on www.kentuckyhorseshows.com.

FEI Board Approves Resolutions Based on Calendar Task Forces Proposals

The FEI Board held an extraordinary meeting 27 April 2020 to review proposals from six of the discipline-specific Calendar Task Forces. Discussions at the meeting, which was held via videoconference, were on Jumping, Dressage, Eventing, Driving, Vaulting, and Reining.

During the meeting, the FEI Board agreed that discussions and decisions on FEI Championships for all age categories and disciplines, and potential initiatives to help Organisers, will be deferred to its June meeting.

National Federations and Organisers whose Calendar date applications/modifications have been approved by the FEI during the Covid-19 period have been informed that no guarantee of exclusivity will be provided to them for the new Calendar dates and that equal consideration of all future Calendar date applications/modifications will be given by the relevant Calendar Task Force and by the FEI Board.

Other key takeaways from the meeting are:

Jumping: Due to the uncertainty about the organisation of Competitions worldwide during July and August 2020, the Board has approved all Calendar date applications/modifications for Jumping Events that take place up to and including 30 August 2020. No date clash rules will apply for this period.

Dressage: date applications and/or modifications for high level events (CDI5*/CDI4*/CDI3* and CDI-W) must reach the FEI eight weeks prior to the event. Date clash rules will not apply to CDI3*.

Eventing: date applications and/or modifications for CCI5* & CCI4* Long Format must reach the FEI six weeks prior to the event; date applications and/or modifications for CCI4* Short Format and all other Events must reach the FEI four weeks prior to the Event.

Driving: date applications and/or modifications must reach the FEI four weeks prior to the Event.

Vaulting: date applications and/or modifications must reach the FEI four weeks prior to the Event.

Reining: date applications and/or modifications must reach the FEI four weeks prior to the Event.

Detailed information on resolutions for each discipline are available here.

The Dressage Calendar Task Force held its second meeting 28 April to review applications received for higher-level events. The Jumping Calendar Task Force will hold its third meeting on 4 May 2020, followed by Eventing’s second meeting on 14 May when its Task Force will review applications for higher-level event date changes.

Media contacts:

Grania Willis
Director Communications
grania.willis@fei.org
+41 78 750 61 42

Shannon Gibbons
Media Relations and Communications Manager
shannon.gibbons@fei.org
+41 78 750 61 4

COVID Update: Do You Have a Little Hay to Spare?

In response to the COVID-19 crisis, the Fleet of Angels Emergency Hay Bank coordinators are working hard to meet the overwhelming needs of horse owners across the United States. For some, a little hay is the deciding factor between surrendering their horses and “rescuing in place” until the situation stabilizes.

If you’re in a position to help, you can do so by donating hay or making a monetary donation. Every donation — a few bales or a few dollars — helps!

If you need hay, learn more about the application process here.

For more information about Equestrian Aid Foundation, please visit EquestrianAidFoundation.org.

Three Things You Can Do to Be Productive When You’re Stuck at Home

By Leone Equestrian Law

Question: What’s the best way to be productive in my downtime while I’m at home during the coronavirus outbreak?

Answer: Great question! While we are all on “stall rest” and having to stay a few strides apart from each other these days, now is a good opportunity to catch up on some chores you might have been neglecting at home. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, many riders who board their horses are not able to visit the barn, so hopefully crossing these tasks off your list now will free you up for more saddle time in the future.

Here are three things you can do to pass the time at home — and still stay productive.

  1. Plan for Your Horse’s Future.

It’s not a situation that any horse owner wants to think about, but it is a good to have a plan for your horse in case something happens to you. One thing you can do is add your horse to your will. There are many different things to consider for this, so your first step might be to get in touch with an attorney who can walk you through the process. They might recommend establishing a trust for your horse in connection with the planning for your will and/or estate.

Consider choosing an attorney who specializes in equine law – they have the advantage of being more familiar with the horse world and have an understanding of the costs, obligations, and goals associated with leaving your horse with someone else upon your death. Plus, they can help walk you through some scenarios that you can stipulate in your will, such as if your horse is to be sold (and by whom), donated, or will live at a specified retirement facility. Being able to have a set plan in place for the future will give you peace of mind.

  1. Organize Your Horse’s Medical Records.

If you are like many horse owners, you might store all your horse’s medical records, farrier invoices, and barn paperwork in a binder, folder, or even a giant stack on your desk. Now is a great time to eliminate all that paper clutter and have a better organization system.

You could consider going digital and utilizing handy tools or apps that make organizing and accessing your horse’s important health information more accessible. There are many different types of programs available, and some also allow you to sync your horse’s US Equestrian records with their profile. These types of digital systems would be exceptionally useful if you have multiple horses as well.

Whatever system you decide to use to organize your records, whether it’s a fresh, color-coded binder, or an app on your phone, it will save you from feeling stressed and frustrated when you’re looking for an important document in the future. If you plan to ever sell or insure your horse, you will need to have the most accurate and current information available on your horse’s medical history for the buyer or insurance provider.

  1. Build Your Business.

If you’re a professional in the industry, now might be a good time to work on your business. Perhaps you’ve thought about putting together a syndication for one of your horses but you’re not sure how to do it. Maybe you’ve been planning to reach out to some potential sponsors, or you’d like to work out some collaborative opportunities with other members of the equestrian industry. Take the time to do some research, brainstorm new ideas for your business, network with other professionals, and seek help when you need it.

Do you already have a website and social media accounts created for your farm or business? Go through them and make sure they’re up to date. Are your latest show results included? Is all of your contact information accurate? Perhaps think about starting a blog to share news with your clients and sponsors to keep them informed.

Also, you might want to take the time to review any business paperwork such as release forms for riders, boarding agreements, and operational and safety policies at your farm. Do any of them need to be updated? Now is a great time to review those documents and make sure they’re accurate, current, and legal.

Hopefully, you can knock out some of these tedious tasks now while you are stuck at home so that you will have more time to enjoy your horse later.

Visit www.equestriancounsel.com to learn more or email info@equestriancounsel.com with inquiries.

USEF Update on COVID-19: Suspension Extended through May 31

We continue to carefully monitor the COVID-19 Pandemic situation and the position of health experts, including the CDC and other public health authorities.  It appears that in several areas of the country, restrictions put in place by State Governors, such as the “stay-at-home” orders, are making a positive difference.  Federal, state, and local governments are discussing plans for re-opening the environment in the near future.  However, this will not occur overnight and will very likely consist of a graduated easing of restrictions over several weeks, which may vary greatly state-to-state, as well as within the states themselves.

The success of these plans is predicated on a mindful and responsible approach to easing restrictions while also maintaining best practices that we have all learned and adopted in order to reduce exposure to and transmission of the COVID-19 virus.  Once USEF competitions resume, we must all continue to support and maintain these best practices as part of our daily activities to help prevent further disruptions to our lives.  We hope that resumption of competition comes soon.

With that in mind, the suspension of all USEF owned and named events, selection trials, training camps, clinics, and activities is being extended through May 31, 2020. This suspension also includes points, scores, money won, qualifications, or rankings toward any USEF award programs, USEF owned and named events, or selection to a US team including USEF National Championships.  Upon the expiration of this suspension, competitions must comply with requirements issued by USEF for operating sport horse competitions in this environment.

Collaborating with competition organizers, affiliate leaders, and other industry experts, USEF has been developing competition protocols for safely operating competitions and mitigating the risks associated with COVID-19.  Once finalized, we will be providing all competition organizers with these protocols as well as other risk mitigation tools for their use.  These tools and resources will also be front-facing on our website and accessible by all members and website visitors.

We have been working on amendments to qualification and selection processes for numerous USEF owned and named events as well as how USEF HOTY awards and ranking lists are calculated.  We have started announcing modifications that will make the process as fair as possible for all participants, despite the disruption to the competition year and the likelihood of a staggered regional start-up.

We have received inquiries as to whether USEF will grant exemptions to the junior competitor age restrictions, equine age restrictions, and equine eligibility restrictions based on competitive experience.  While these topics are being discussed, it is still too early to make definitive conclusions regarding these issues.

We will continue to assess the pandemic impact, and we will keep you informed of any updates to our position as circumstances warrant or as instructed by the government and public health authorities.

The safety and welfare of our members and their horses must continue to be our top priority.

William J. Moroney
Chief Executive Officer

From the US Equestrian Communications Department

Faith Eventing Spring to Summer Cross Training during COVID-19

Genevieve Faith and Burned You Too.

Annandale, MN (April 24, 2020) – With spring on the horizon and the show season in limbo, Faith Eventing is applying the meaning behind their namesake to its training programs: having faith in the future. Earmarked by an upbeat outlook and a resolute conviction to her passion, Genevieve Faith, who founded Faith Eventing in 2015, is beginning to look towards the summer show season and preparing her own horses and clients’ for whatever June, July, and August may hold. While adhering to social distancing and the highest safety standards in her own home base and at client barns, Faith Eventing has begun a spring to summer cross training.

As an experienced Intermediate/CCI-3-star competitor, Faith has built relationships with owners and trainers between her training and teaching schedule in Minnesota and Florida. Her philosophy focuses on accentuating a horse’s strong points while providing support and confidence in new or problematic areas, which has yielded success in all three phases. Her own horses include those she has trained herself through the FEI divisions, and she specializes in troubleshooting issues with young, green, or rehabbing horses, as well as those just transitioning to eventing, new disciplines, or coming off the track. Her own mare, Burned You Too (aka Maggie) came to Faith as a 4-year-old off the track and has developed into an exceptional Advanced eventing prospect.

With COVID-19 looming over all human and horse interactions, Faith has revamped her training structure to include video and other digital mediums to stay in touch with clients, as well as training packages to provide the most value. Tune ups, maintenance rides, or progressive training in dressage, show jumping, or cross country: Faith Eventing’s menu of training options has something for any horse.

“We’ve already been essentially quarantined for the past month at my barn,” said Faith. “While haul-in lessons aren’t really viable, I’ve made a point of being extra careful when riding at any 3rd party barns, bringing new horses in for training, or just riding in general as now is not a good time to take up hospital resources. But keeping the horses fit and happy is an important part of the balance; whether it’s just to stretch their legs or to work in the indoor as they’ve been cooped up all winter, it’s great for their mental and physical health. We are looking forward to getting back to the wide-open spaces.”

Based out of Annandale, Minnesota, Genevieve Faith has racked up an impressive list of success as an aspiring international eventer. Founding Faith Eventing in 2014, she purchased her main campaign horse, Burned You Too (aka Maggie) as a 4-year-old and trained the mare herself, with direction from Olympic and international equestrians. Genevieve was a working student for 1988 Olympian Jane Sleeper in 2014, and was also part of the Junior Development Rider Program (JDRP) with Olympian Becky Holder from 2011 to 2016. Genevieve has studied and trained with William Fox-Pitt, Janet Foy, Kama Godek, Lucinda Green, J. P. Sheffield, Leslie Law, Jon Holling, Alison Springer, Holly Payne-Caravella, Tik Manyard, Bobby Meyeroff, Natalia Martin, and Rachel McDonough. She and Maggie have competed through the Intermediate Level with plans to make her Advanced debut in 2020. With a steady clientele of owners and students, Genevieve splits her time between Minnesota and Ocala, Florida.

For more information on Faith Eventing, visit www.FaithEventing.com.

Media contact:
holly@equinium.com
www.equinium.com

FEI Sports Forum Online Session Content Available Now

The FEI Anti-Doping Rules for both human and equine athletes, which are being revised in 2020 for implementation on 1 January 2021, are now available online on the FEI Sports Forum 2020 hub.

All the relevant materials for the FEI Anti-Doping Rules sessions are published here.

As previously announced, in light of the Covid-19 pandemic, the FEI has completely stripped back the FEI Sports Forum 2020 in order to address the time sensitive topics and defer the themes which can and should be discussed at a later stage.

The remaining sessions on the original Sports Forum programme, which included logistics and preparation around Tokyo 2020; Minimum Requirements; the Status of Grooms; and the Role of the Coach, have all been moved to the Sports Forum 2021.

Media contact:

Shannon Gibbons
Media Relations and Communications Manager
shannon.gibbons@fei.org
+41 78 750 61 4