The Reno Snaffle Bit Futurity say the 2020 edition will be a few days shorter when it kicks off next month at the Reno-Sparks Livestock Events Center. Officials say the move was made to comply with state COVID-19 regulations.
In an announcement on Sunday evening, officials said they would now hold the event from Sept. 16-20. Previously, it was slated to be three days longer and held from Sept. 13-20..
Trilby Barton, a media coordinator for the show, said in an email the move was made to make it easier for competitors to remain in compliance with Nevada health regulations, which require them to wear masks on show grounds — including the barn area.
State health officials have shown they are serious about compliance, Barton said, adding officials with the Reno Snaffle Bit Futurity believe it will be easier to remain in compliance by shortening the show and having fewer days for people to wear masks.
“With the shortened schedule, we won’t have final rounds this year, but the competition for all Open and Non Pro futurity divisions and horse show classes, and the Reno Snaffle Bit Futurity Horse Sale will still be held,” Reno Snaffle Bit Futurity President Dar Hanson said in a statement. “The show days will likely be longer, but this shortened schedule will make staying in compliance with Nevada’s COVID-19 restrictions more realistic.”
Due to the state’s COVID regulations, face coverings are required while on the Reno-Sparks Livestock Events Center grounds, including in the barn area, unless on a horse.
Also due to state regulations, show officials cannot sell spectator tickets to the event. However, officials say people may attend the Reno Snaffle Bit Futurity Horse Sales so long as they wear a mask, as required, and follow social distancing and other guidelines.
The show, which is currently not approved by the National Reined Cow Horse Association (NRCHA) due to a dispute over a trademark, will have the live webcast of the futurity and horse show competitions.
The link to view the webcast will be posted at www.renosnafflebitfuturity.com, and on the Reno Snaffle Bit Futurity Facebook page. The horse sale and online bidding will also be available at www.snafflebitfuturitysales.com.
Horses may start arriving in Reno on Sunday, Sept. 13. The draw date for all futurity divisions is scheduled for Sept. 4.
Officials say all horse show classes will be drawn Sept. 9. Late entries received at the show will go at the top of the draw, in reverse order received.
Futurity and horse show entry forms are available online at the Reno Snaffle Bit Futurity website.