Modern Gun and Andrea Fappani.
Modern Gun & Andrea Fappani, the 2019 Reining By The Bay champions. Photo by John O'Hara

Reining By The Bay Cancels 2020 Show

The annual Reining By The Bay, conducted each July in Woodside, California, will not take place in 2020, event officials announced on Sunday, citing the ongoing issues surrounding the national health emergency. 

“At the moment we do not know what the San Mateo County guidelines regarding COVID-19 and large gatherings will be like in July,” read a social media post on the Facebook account of show producer Amanda Brumley. “This remains difficult to forecast as San Mateo/Santa Clara counties remain as active hot spots for the virus. In order for our team to present a successful horse show, it takes months of planning, scheduling and time to set up.” 

The cancellation followed an announcement hours earlier that the National Reining Breeders Classic (NRBC) would seek yet another alternative for its 2020 event after an updated stay-at-home order signed by Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo mandated that non-essential businesses not designated by Texas Gov. Greg Abbott to reopen must remain closed until May 20.

That includes performance theaters, arenas and stadiums.

The NRBC, originally scheduled for April 12-19 at the Great Southwest Equestrian Center in Katy, Texas, was moved to May 24-31.

That show’s board is reportedly considering options that include rescheduling the event for its planned location at the Great Southwest Equestrian Center in Katy, Texas, as well as looking at other locations.

Of the cancellation in California, Reining By The Bay officials said: “We are trying to be mindful of all participants who would plan on attending the show and provide proper advanced notice … versus running the risk of a late cancellation.

“We look forward to seeing you at Reining By The Bay 2021.”

For a complete list of event cancellations and postponements reported to Quarter Horse News, visit our Coronavirus Cancellations list