To Our Members, Exhibitors, and Show Managers,
The suspension of horse shows affiliated by NEHC is due to expire on May 31st. NEHC is advising all show organizers to still follow their state and local requirements for mass gatherings, sports, and out of state travel.
The goal is to get back to “some kind of normal” without jeopardizing the health of our families, friends, and communities. Please be aware that our states will open in phases and different timelines. As they open, a second outbreak is always possible if people are reckless by not adhering to their local regulations and restrictions. As non-essential businesses open, stables may start to begin their lesson programs in a responsible way. Starting the economy slowly seems to be the advice being given.
NEHC Covid 19 committee is working on a protocol for all affiliated (non USEF) shows. How points and qualifications are handled at this time is still under review. We are trying to make it cost-effective for our shows which chose to run.
This is not a time for “the almighty blue ribbon”. Our sport is for the love of our equine partners and an opportunity to socialize with our friends. A slow start (begin lessons, inhouse fun shows, and then affiliated shows) is still a start of the economy.
As always, stay safe and healthy, and continue to act responsibly for yourself and your loved ones.
Diane Monks McDonald