The Pacific Coast Cutting Horse Association (PCCHA) Core Balance Derby has just joined a long list of events called off due to COVID-19.
Officials announced Tuesday, May 5, that the PCCHA board of directors made “the difficult decision” to cancel the Derby, which was planned for June 5-14 in Las Vegas.
“The health and welfare of our cutting families and our show staff is at the forefront of our focus,” the PCCHA said in a statement. “This decision also encompassed a magnitude of other variables, including the staggered openings of our Western States [sic] and the many uncertainties involved with the COVID-19 virus.”
The PCCHA Core Balance Derby is regularly one of the top five richest cuttings each year. While the 2020 edition of the show will not be rescheduled, officials said the event will return to the South Point Arena in 2021.
“The PCCHA is currently looking into the possibility of another event in June,” the PCCHA said. “We anxiously look forward to seeing all of our friends back in the show pen as soon as possible.”
Numerous other events in the Western performance horse industry have been postponed or canceled as the country continues to deal with the outbreak of the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus and COVID-19 respiratory disease. Quarter Horse News offers a complete list of the cancellations and date changes online.
As of early May 5, the only major cutting left standing on the calendar in the next 30 days is The Non Pro plus The Open. The show is scheduled for June 5-14 at the Hardy Murphy Coliseum in Ardmore, Oklahoma.
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