Preparations for the 2020 Lake Placid Horse Shows, set to take place June 23 – July 5, are continuing at present. The situation regarding the Corona virus (COVID-19) pandemic is being monitored closely by event organizers, who are also following guidelines set by the United Stated Equestrian Federation (USEF).
Effective Monday, March 16, 2020, all “USEF owned events, selection trials, training camps, clinics, and activities” were suspended for 30 days. USEF has since stated that it “will continue to closely monitor the situation and provide our members and competition organizers with updates every 10-14 days, or sooner if warranted, regarding any changes to the USEF’s current position as communicated in our March 13, 2020 letter.”
That letter of March 13, 2020 stated, “Effective Monday, March 16, 2020, all USEF owned events, selection trials, training camps, clinics, and activities will be suspended for the next 30 days. Additionally, USEF strongly recommends that competition organizers suspend all USEF licensed competitions across the country for the next 30 days. For those competitions that do run, there will be no accumulation of points, scores, money won, qualifications, or rankings toward any USEF awards programs, USEF owned event, or selection to a US team during this 30-day time period.”
Philip Richter, Chairman of the Lake Placid Horse Show Association Board of Directors, has said, “The safety and welfare of our competitors, their families, our sponsors, vendors, spectators and staff is our top priority and we take this devastating global situation very seriously. This is a trying time for all of us, and it is vitally important that we continue to follow government and USEF protocols. Although anything can change in the days and weeks ahead, we are proceeding with plans for our 51st annual event until such a time that the current crisis dictates that we cancel. Please get your entries in early. In the event of the shows cancelling, full refunds will be granted.”
One of the premier stops on the nation’s hunter-jumper horse show circuit, the 2020 Lake Placid Horse Shows, sponsored by Bainbridge Farms and presented by Sea Shore Stables, LLC, features more than 100 classes of competition each week awarding more than $600,000 in prize money.
The Lake Placid Horse Show, June 23-28, is highlighted by the $100,000 Richard M. Feldman Grand Prix on Sunday, June 28. The I Love New York Horse Show takes place June 30-July 5 and is highlighted by the $100,000 Great American Insurance Group Grand Prix on Saturday, July 4, and the $15,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby Presented by Eastern Hay & Purina Animal Nutrition on Sunday, July 5.
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