The repercussions of the coronavirus are being felt across the country in the horse industry.
The Carolina Classic joined a long list of equine events canceling or postponing due to the threat of COVID-19. The reining event, which was to be held at the Tryon International Equestrian Center (TIEC) in Mill Spring, North Carolina, was scheduled for May 6-10.
“In a continued effort to keep a safe and healthy place for our guests and team, we are making additional adjustments to our 2020 schedule,” the TIEC announced Saturday morning.
The TIEC cited a March 13 announcement from the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF), which requires all USEF-affiliated events in the US be suspended for at least 30 days. While the Carolina Classic does not fall within that 30-day timeframe, the show “is also being cancelled as an extra precaution,” the TIEC’s statement said.
Upcoming major aged-event reinings that are reportedly still going ahead as scheduled include the Cactus Reining Classic (March 18-22) — although the Million Dollar Qualifier for The Run For A Million was rescheduled — and the National Reining Breeders Classic (April 12-19).
The National Reined Cow Horse Association (NRCHA) Stallion Stakes, American Quarter Horse Association Convention, National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) European Futurity, Road To The Horse, Rodeo Austin and Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo are among the many equine events canceled or postponed due to the global outbreak of COVID-19. The NRHA also announced it will close its Oklahoma City-based headquarters and move its employees to a remote workplace beginning March 16 through at least March 30.
Officials from the National Cutting Horse Association and the City of Fort Worth are currently examining the options for the NCHA Kit Kat Sugar Super Stakes.
An outbreak of COVID-19, a respiratory disease caused by a novel coronavirus named SARS-CoV-2, began in Wuhan, China, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). It spread internationally and was declared a pandemic on March 11 by the World Health Organization.
According to the CDC, which last updated its figures on March 13, there are 1,629 total cases of COVID-19 in the United States, with 41 total deaths recorded. While the CDC websitelists Alabama, Alaska, Idaho and West Virginia as states without any cases of COVID-19, the Alabama Department of Public Health is reporting at least six presumptive positive cases and Idaho officials reported one lab-confirmed positive case in the state this week.
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