During the month of May, Florida Governor Rick DeSantis announced that he would allow Palm Beach County to enter “Phase 1″ of reopening businesses. Fortunately this includes the operation of certain outdoor events, including show activities at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center.
The USEF has agreed to permit horse shows to hold events at the direction of their specific states’ guidelines, and through the guidance at the local and state level, Equestrian Sports Productions (ESP) has announced competition will return to Wellington next week! Riders permitted to compete will need to comply with specific online entry requirements and social distancing guidelines set by the USEF, the World Health Organization and the CDC.
There will be two schooling weekends held at the end of May to allow riders to take part in ring familiarization. ESP also released information that “Show and Go” will be the new normal for all participants and that they’ll be utilizing SGL software for entries, and competitors will be able to access the system to chose their specific ride times and order of go.
This is great news! The Equestrian Village grounds at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center will host the upcoming schooling shows the weekends of May 22-24 and May 29-31. The horse show series will kick off the first weekend in June, and the PBIEC asks that every participant familiarizes themselves with the rules and online entry and liability release forms so the process runs smoothly.
Wellington Equestrian Realty is happy to see the PBIEC taking positive steps within our industry, and we wish the event organizers, trainers, competitors and staff a safe and positive return to horse sport!
For more information on the ESP’s COVID-19 Competition Action Plan, please visit PBIEC’s article HERE.