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Coronavirus Cancellations

Updated May 5 at 11:05 a.m. CST.

The coronavirus continues to shape the spring show season for cutters, reiners and reined cow horse participants.

As the coronavirus spreads, several of the Western performance horse industry’s major events are being postponed or canceled in an effort to contain the virus in the United States and abroad.

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 was declared a pandemic on March 11 by the World Health Organization (WHO).

The following Western performance industry events have announced cancellations or postponements. Click the links below for more information regarding each individual event.

  • RodeoHouston: Feb. 27-March 22
  • AQHA Convention: March 13-16
  • NVRCHA Cow Horse Addiction #3: March 14
  • Rodeo Austin: March 14-28
  • ICHA Spring Cutting: March 18-21
  • Cactus Reining Classic: March 18-22
  • Road to the Horse: March 19-22 (Rescheduled for June 18-21)
  • PK Cutters March show at J5 North Ranch: March 20-22
  • BCCHA March weekend show in Sweetwater, TX: March 20-22
  • FRHA March Spin: March 20-22
  • VRHA March Into Spring: March 20-22
  • Northwest RCHA Chill Chaser Classic: March 20-22
  • NRCHA Sanctioned Event-French Spectacular Trophy: March 21-22
  • State of Missouri CHA March LAE/weekend show: March 21-22
  • Panhandle RCHA Spring Fling Round Up: March 21-22
  • Clovis Spring Horse Sale: March 21-22 (Rescheduled for June 19-21)
  • The Run For A Million Million Dollar Qualifier: March 22 (Rescheduled to the NRBC)
  • National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) European Futurity: March 22-28 (Rescheduled for Nov. 20-28)
  • National Cutting Horse Association Super Stakes: March 24-April 18
  • North Central RCHA St. Patrick’s Day Event: March 26-28
  • Oregon CHA March LAE: March 27-29
  • NCHA of Italy Challenge Futurity: March 26-28
  • TNRHA Shamrock Slide: March 27-29
  • EPRHA No Foolin Slide: March 27-29
  • SWRHA History & Champions: March 27-29
  • National Reined Cow Horse Association Stallion Stakes: March 27-April 4
  • Billings Spring Sale: March 28
  • Southern RCHA Spring Fling: March 28-29
  • Gulf Coast Cow Horse Association March Madness: March 28-29
  • WTRHA The Stampede Derby: April 2-5
  • Premier Equine Auctions East Texas Spring Horse Sale: April 3-4
  • European RCHA Spring Stakes & 1st Stage Championship: April 3-5
  • Florida Horse Sales Ranch & Working Horse Special Sale: April 4
  • Nutrena Central AQHA Level 1 Championships: April 8-11
  • 3 Amigos April show: April 10-11
  • CSU Legends of Ranching Sale: April 11-18
  • National Reining Breeders Classic: April 12-19 (Rescheduled for May 24-31)
  • NCEA National Championship: April 15-18
  • Nutrena West AQHA Level 1 Championships: April 15-19
  • SRCHA April Show: April 16-19
  • Best Little Derby in the West: April 18-25
  • Colorado RCHA Sagebrush: April 21-26
  • United States Team Roping Championships National Finals: April 21-26 (Rescheduled for Sept. 7-14)
  • El Rancho Spring Classic: April 23-25
  • Pitzer Ranch Spring Horse Sale: April 24-25 (Rescheduled for June 5-6)
  • Marketplace at Ardmore Spring Sale: April 25
  • University of Findlay Spring Sale: April 25
  • PCCHA Lucas Oil/Protect The Harvest Gathering: April 29-May 3
  • Nutrena East AQHA Level 1 Championships: April 29-May 3
  • Bluebonnet Stakes Polly Hollar Memorial: May 1-3
  • Lazy E Red Dirt Reining: May 1-3
  • Triangle Spring Sale: July 3-4 (Rescheduled)
  • Kentucky Derby: May 2 (Rescheduled for Sept. 5)
  • Western Heritage Classic Ranch Horse Sale: May 9
  • SRCHA Wild Rag Cattle Classic: May 4-10 (Postponed, date TBD)
  • Carolina Classic: May 6-10
  • Breeder’s Invitational: May 9-23
  • Spring Spectacular Horse Sale: May 15-16
  • NRHA European Derby: May 21-24 (Rescheduled for Oct. 28-Nov. 1)
  • NCHA Australia Futurity: May 26-June 7 (Rescheduled for Oct. 27-Nov. 8)
  • NCHA Convention: May 29-31
  • Calgary Stampede: July 3-12
  • Washington RHA Classic: May 26-31
  • RMRHA The Columbine Classic: May 20-24
  • PCCHA Core Balance Derby: June 5-14
  • AQHA Versatility Ranch Horse World Championships, AQHA Ranching Heritage Challenge Finals, AQHA Cattle Level 1 Championships, and National Ranch and Stock Horse Alliance (NRSHA) National Championships: June 23-27
  • Reining By The Bay: July 11-18
  • PCCHA Core Balance Derby & Classic/Challenge: June 5-14
  • Italian Reining Derby: April 28-May 2

The NCHA closed its Fort Worth, Texas, headquarters and moved employees to remote work through at least March 31. In addition, it suspended its award programs — including its World and Youth World standings — through May 17.

The NRHA closed its Oklahoma City headquarters and moved employees to remote work through at least the end of March. In addition, it advised producers to cancel shows for the next 30 days.

The AQHA announced it will temporarily stop taking walk-in customers to its headquarters in Amarillo, Texas, on Thursday, March 19. In addition, it will temporarily close its service center at Heritage Place in Oklahoma City, a move done in accordance with the state of emergency issued by that city.

To add an industry event to this list, contact Quarter Horse News editor Kelsey Pecsek Hruska at [email protected]