Another major industry event is postponed due to concerns about coronavirus.
The National Reined Cow Horse Association (NRCHA) Stallion Stakes, scheduled for March 27-April 4 in Las Vegas, has been postponed, officials from the organization confirmed early Friday afternoon.
“The board [of directors] feels it is appropriate with all that is going on with the coronavirus that this is the best thing for the association,” NRCHA President Corey Cushing said. “Hopefully this thing can calm down so this [the Stallion Stakes] will be not so much canceled, but postponed until a later date in the year.
“The last thing we want to do is put any of our staff, any of our exhibitors, owners, anyone that has anything to do with the NRCHA or helping put on that show on at risk of the coronavirus,” he continued. “Hopefully people can take it upon themselves to take the proper safety precautions to get this thing calmed down to where everyone can be safe and we can move forward.”
According to a release from the NRCHA, all show fees will be refunded and entries must be resubmitted once the Stallion Stakes is rescheduled.
A representative for the South Point Arena & Equestrian Center also confirmed Friday that all events scheduled through the end of the month have been cancelled.
“The South Point’s pretty booked up until the end of the year. It’s tough to find a weekend, let alone 10 days,” Cushing said regarding rescheduling the Stallion Stakes. “We may have to move it to a different location, but our plans are either to move it in with one of our other major events this year or find time just for itself at another location.”
The American Quarter Horse Association Convention, National Reining Horse Association European Futurity, Road To The Horse, Rodeo Austin and Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo are among dozens of equine events being canceled or postponed due to a global outbreak of COVID-19.
Major performance horse events currently reporting they are still taking place as scheduled in the next month include the Cactus Reining Classic, National Cutting Horse Association Super Stakes and National Reining Breeders Classic.
As of 2:30 p.m. CST, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported 1,629 total cases of COVID-19 in the United States, with 41 total deaths reported.
The only states within the U.S. with zero cases of COVID-19, as of midday Friday, are Alabama, Alaska, Idaho and West Virginia, the CDC reported.
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