Like other sports that have been effected by the COVID 19 outbreak the world of horse competition is no exception. Back on March 16th the governing body for equestrian sports in the United States put a suspension on competition that was originally scheduled to end on March 30th. However, with the continued outbreak of COVID 19 the USEF has now extended there suspension of competition to May 3, 2020.

This means that any and all USEF sanctioned events in the United States must be canceled through May 3rd. This has resulted in quite a few Hudson Valley Equestrian centers having to close their doors to their clients for a period of time. It also means that competitions that earn riders points for things like year end finals have had to be postponed or canceled completely.

Many Hudson Valley Equestrian Centers are being effected by this suspension of activity. Local riding groups who hold regular competitions are now having to cancel their horse shows and events. Hudson Valley barns are also having to tell there boarders to stay home. This requires the barn staff to take care of the horses while using creative methods to keep the horses and their humans connected. Some barns are using virtual visits to re assure horse lovers that their equine mates are happy and healthy.

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