Latest Updates on Horse Events and Statements from Horse Organizations Related to Coronavirus (COVID-19) — as of 4/14/2020

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Horse Event Cancellation for CoronavirusFollow the latest changes and announcements about horse industry events that have been cancelled and postponed due to coronavirus (COVID-19) with this constantly updated list from Horse Illustrated. If you come across events not on this list, feel free to email us at horseillustrated@egmediamags.com.

Complete COVID-19 Coverage

General Horse Associations (not affiliated with one breed or discipline)

American National Riding Commission
American National Riding Commission National Equitation Championships Cancelled

Intercollegiate Horse Show Association
Intercollegiate Horse Show Association Cancels Rest of the Show Season

International Equestrian Federation (FEI)
FEI to Create Task Forces to Deal with Impact of COVID-19
FEI Recommends Cancellation of FEI Events Due to Coronavirus

Interscholastic Equestrian Association
Interscholastic Equestrian Association Cancels Events from March 16-May 10, 2020, including Hunt Seat National Finals and Dressage National Finals

United States Equestrian Association (USEF)
USEF Update on COVID-19: Suspension Extended to May 3
USEF Update on COVID-19: Presidential Modification and Resources
Letter from the USEF President and CEO Regarding the Impact of Coronavirus on USEF Licensed Competitions

United States Pony Club
Update on COVID-19 and USPC Sponsored Events

Discipline Associations

American Endurance Ride Conference
American Endurance Ride Conference Rescheduled/Postponed/Cancelled Rides

Intercollegiate Dressage Association
IDA Statement on Coronavirus and Remainder of 2019-2020 Season

National Cutting Horse Association

National Cutting Horse Association Recommends Approved Events to Postpone Due to Coronavirus

National Reined Cow Horse Association
National Reined Cow Horse Association Stallion Stakes Postponed Until Further Notice
National Reining Horse Association Recommends Postponement of Events Due to Coronavirus (COVID-19); Closes Offices and Staff Working Remotely

National Steeplechase Association
National Steeplechase Association Message about COVID-19 Threat
Revised Announcement from NSA

United States Dressage Federation
United States Dressage Federation Suspends Accepting Scores from USEF-licensed/USDF-recognized Competitions

United States Eventing Association
United States Eventing Association to Suspend Recognizing Events for Two Weeks

United States Hunter Jumper Association
The United States Hunter Jumper Association Suspends Recognized Events for 30 Days
USHJA President Mary Babick’s Letter to the Membership Regarding the Impact of COVID-19

Western Dressage Association of America
From the Western Dressage Association of America Concerning the Coronavirus

Breed Associations

American Morgan Horse Association
March 25th, 2020: Joint Leadership Council Letter from the Presidents
March 24, 2020: Joint Leadership Council Works Together to Support Barn Through COVID-19
March 23, 2020: Letter to Horseman from Horseman
March 19, 2020: AMHA Community Update
American Morgan Horse Association Addresses COVID-19 Pandemic

American Paint Horse Association
March 23, 2020: We’re open and ready to serve you- A letter from APHA Executive Director Billy Smith
March 20, 2020: APHA announces E-shows, a visual horse showing experience
An update from American Paint Horse Association regarding COVID-19

American Quarter Horse Association
March 26, 2020: 2020 Youth World Cup Cancelled
March 18, 2020 AQHA Waives 2020 World Show Qualification
March 18, 2020: AQHA Walk-in Service Temporarily Closed
March 17, 2020: AQHA Cancels Nutrena AQHA Level 1 Championships
March 13: Coronavirus and APHA Shows
American Quarter Horse Association Cancels 2020 AQHA Convention
AQHA Leadership Permanently Cancels 2020 AQHA Convention
American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame & Museum Closed Until April 1

American Saddlebred Horse Association
March 30, 2020: Important ASHA Office Operations Update
March 23, 2020: Help Us Help You During COVID-19: Scan Your Forms
American Saddlebred Horse Association Forms New Committee to Address COVID-19 Induced Industry Challenges
Important American Saddlebred Horse Association Office Changes

American Shetland Pony Club

March 23: Update from ASPC on Shows, the Home Office, and the Journal | March 10: American Shetland Pony Club Changes Plans for USPC Spring Board Meeting

Appaloosa Horse Club
April 6, 2020: Important decisions made in light of pandemic at ApHC Board of Directors Meeting
April 3, 2020: A message from ApHC President Ken Johnson
Appaloosa Horse Club Leadership Continues to Monitor the COVID-19 Outbreak and the Impact on Sanctioned Events

Arabian Horse Association
April 7: Working from Home
◆  March 25: Office Update
March 18: AHA Board of Directors Creates an Emergency Response Team
March 16: Arabian Horse Association COVID-19 Response 

Paso Fino Horse Association
Paso Fino Horse Association Statement on COVID-19

World Arabian Horse Organization
Statement from WAHO about Coronavirus COVID-19

Horse Competitions

Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 Postponed Due to Worldwide Spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Badminton Horse Trials Cancelled
2020 Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks to be Postponed Due to COVID-19
COVID-19 Forces Cancellation of Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event and Kentucky CSI3* Invitational Grand Prix
FEI World Cup Finals 2020 in Las Vegas Cancelled Due to COVID-19 (Coronavirus)
Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event Update Related to COVID-19 on March 12, 2020
Churchill Downs Updates for the Kentucky Derby
Houston Livestock and Rodeo Cancelled
Turf Paradise latest coronavirus closure in sports, ending horse racing season immediately
Tracks Across the Nation Close Doors Due to COVID-19

Horse-Related Expos, Conferences, and Events

Cancellation of 2020 Equine Affaire in Ohio


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Sarah Evers Conrad
Sarah Evers Conrad is the current Digital Content Editor for Horse Illustrated and Young Rider magazines. Her career includes time at The Horse: Your Guide to Equine Health Care and the United States Equestrian Federation’s (USEF) Equestrian magazine, before she became USEF’s Director of E-Communications. She then spent time as a content manager/travel writer for a Caribbean travel agency before she opened her own business, All In Stride Marketing. Throughout her career, she has been published in equine publications such as Horse Illustrated, The Horse, Blood-Horse, Equestrian, Arabian Horse Life, USDF Connection, the American Quarter Horse Journal, Paint Horse Journal, Driving Digest, American Farrier’s Journal, Off-Track Thoroughbred, Stable Management, Equine Wellness, and Camp Business Magazine. She has also served as the editor for the Certified Horsemanship Association’s official publication, The Instructor magazine, and for multiple books. Conrad has a BA in Journalism from Western Kentucky University with a double major in Agriculture with an Equine Science emphasis. You can learn more about her at http://www.equestrianjournalist.com.

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