US Equestrian has updated its COVID-19 Action Plan for Licensed Competitions(Action Plan) to include protocols specific to allowing spectator attendance at a limited capacity beginning May 3, 2021. Last week, US Equestrian announced the maximum capacity for spectators at competitions in its April 14 communication. This follow-up announcement of the specific spectator protocols will provide competition organizers, licensed officials, and other stakeholders with sufficient time to prepare for a return of spectators beginning May 3, 2021.
These protocols represent a first step in implementing responsible measures that allow the equestrian sport community to begin to ease restrictions related to the pandemic. USEF realizes that the maximum capacity figures provided may not be appropriate for all venues. Therefore, due to size, configuration, or other factors, some competitions’ capacity limits may be far lower than the maximum numbers allowable under the USEF protocols.
It is important to note that allowing spectators at USEF competitions remains a choice for competition organizers. In some instances, venue limitations or other restrictions may not accommodate the ability to safely allow spectators. USEF will support any organizer’s decision to restrict further or prohibit spectator access.
As more and more Americans become vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus, USEF is optimistic it will be able to further ease restrictions in the coming months. It is critical that everyone continues to adhere to the Action Plan and its requirements in the interim. Equestrian sport was one of the first sports to resume operations last spring, and this is largely due to the effectiveness of the Action Plan and the safeguards it puts in place.
USEF recognizes that the last 12 months have been challenging for everyone, especially organizers and licensed officials who have been on the front lines ensuring Action Plan compliance. Thank you to each of you for your patience, fortitude, and continued support of the Action Plan as USEF begins transitioning to a less restrictive environment while still keeping everyone as safe as possible.
US Equestrian is pleased to announce two additional competitions approved by the USEF Board of Directors to host CCI4*-S, CCI3*-L, and Advanced level events during the 2023-2027 competition cycle under the new Eventing Calendar Process. The Florida Horse Park has been allocated the CCI4*-S, CCI3*-L, and Advanced levels on Week 16 and the Advanced level on Week 40.
If you take one look at Jim Moyer’s Facebook page, you will see it is filled with sweet sentiments from the lives he has touched through his work in the equine industry. Moyer’s involvement with horses began when he met his future wife Jean 50 years ago. As Jean went on to become a prominent instructor in eventing, Moyer found that their friend circle was full of horse people, so it was only natural that he should find his place in the community.
Horses and riders in 12 divisions, from Starter to CCI4*-S, tackled the show jumping phase of competition Sunday at The Event at TerraNova, over a track designed by Nick Granat in the world-class setting of the main arena. Prize money was awarded in all divisions.
USEA Official Podcast Host Nicole Brown looks back on a brilliant Maryland 5 Star with Jennie Brannigan, reflecting on her fourth-place finish and highlights of the inaugural running of the event. USEA CEO Rob Burk and USEA President Max Corcoran then join Nicole to look forward to the 2021 USEA Annual Meeting & Convention which takes place in December.