The American Paint Horse Association (APHA) has eliminated qualifying for this year’s Open and Amateur APHA World Show due to the impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19).
As of March 17, the Fort Worth, Texas-based association announced that all APHA-sponsored events — the Youth World Show, the Open & Amateur World Show, and the Eastern and Western National Championship Shows—were still set to run as scheduled.
However, officials say they eliminated the qualification requirement for the Open and Amateur APHA World Show due to the challenges exhibitors are facing due to the virus.
Like the rest of society, the equine world has experienced a cascade of cancellations and postponements in recent days as public health and governmental officials clamp down on large gatherings to slow the spread of the virus.
The Centers For Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) recently urged that all gatherings of 50 people or more be canceled for eight weeks, which would be in the month of May. On Monday, President Trump urged Americans to avoid social gatherings of 10 people or more for the next 15 days.
According to the APHA, it is closely monitoring the situation and following the guidance of the Center for Disease Control and the City of Fort Worth, as well as the localities hosting the Eastern and Western National Show events.
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