The following letter was released on June 5 from Robert Ridland, President of Blenheim EquiSports. Blenheim EquiSports holds incredible equestrian competition at Rancho Mission Viejo Riding Park (San Juan Capistrano, CA), Del Mar Horse Park (Del Mar, CA), and South Point Equestrian Arena (Las Vegas, NV).
What a week for the ages! We here at Blenheim hope that everyone has managed to safely navigate these chaotic and historic times as our country unites to fight both COVID-19 and longstanding racial injustice. In Orange County, the numerous protest marches have been passionate yet peaceful, while the coronavirus pandemic has been largely held at bay…More and more restaurants and small businesses are re-opening, while the COVID-19 numbers remain within the good range.
As for Blenheim’s revised protocol plan, it was approved by the San Juan Capistrano City Council and forwarded on to Sacramento and the OC Board of Supervisors. While that is all good news, we have reached another of our self-imposed deadlines without the necessary official approval to proceed from the State of California. Because the absolute minimum lead time to prepare the facility for an “A” rated show is two weeks, we have unfortunately been forced to cancel the Blenheim Red, White & Blue Classic that was scheduled to start on June 24th. We continue to be optimistic however that we will be able to re-start our 2020 “A” rated schedule with the Blenheim Summer Classic (July 15-19). In the meantime, it is anticipated that the Riding Park will be permitted to host a NO SHOW as well as a couple local/county shows prior to the resumption of our “A” rated summer series…details to be announced when available.
And finally this past Saturday, Peyton and I got surprising and much appreciated assistance from Steve Dreyer during our sandbag “relocation” project. For the record, we managed to stack over a thousand sandbags onto 19 pallets, all of which amounted to about one third of the total number. Tomorrow morning, we resume operations at 8:00am with a special invited guest who purports to be an expert at his craft! We will of course keep his identity under wraps until we are able to assess the quality and thoroughness of his work.
Until next time…
President, Blenheim EquiSports…and assistant sandbag coordinator
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Featured photo by McCool Photography and Blenheim EquiSports.