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masks. Kellie Dunn, Carlsbad

What will the shows be like? Or, what SHOULD they have in place?


orses by nature are socially distant. A horse show isn’t much differ-

ent. Perhaps some changes in spectator seating, and ways in which the concession stands are run. But no reason to reinvent how horse shows take place Doris Lora, Tehachapi



dhere to social distance requirements. Cady Shaw, Fresno

oday, there are no shows/ events, and there should not be any events until

the Coronavirus is defeated. No matter how long we wait, we will wait healthy and alive. Ride the trail, be safe—and healthy. John O’Hara, Petaluma

f we would have more sani- tary stations and eliminate personal contact like high-

fives at the out-gate, or the close contact at the in-gate, we should be fine.

Britta Jacobson, Santa Rosa


hey should just be normal shows, like before all this got blown out of propor-

tion by the news. Liana Morris, Hollister

ffice/entry booth will need to provide hand sanitizer to participants.

There should be hand-washing stations. Potentially, it’s best to spread stall assignments around and provide greater distance from each barn.

Raquel Brusher, San Diego A I

fter the pandemic, keep- ing with healthy habits of hand washing and cover-

ing coughs, etc., should be pro- moted. Having a cleaning crew for restrooms and other heavily used areas would be prudent. Since many people attend events when experiencing illness in order to not lose points, there should be a plan to encourage staying home when sick. Terrie B., Apple Valley

feel that shows should go back to normal, the way they were before the Covid pan-

demic. April Alianza, Petaluma



e should go back to normal life.

Melinda Smith, Phelan

ffice controls, pen-clean- ing plan. Possibly scribes and judges wearing

or performance horses, only horses within 10 posi- tions of showing should be

in the warm-up pen. People such as trainers should not be sitting on horses within the warm-up pen but, rather, sitting on the rail. People watching should be no closer than six feet, and when not warming up or showing, people should be respectful and keep six feet apart. For the most part, when not socializing, its rare to be within six feet of oth- ers. For those that chose, they can wear a mask.

Mark Faley, Camino

hows will go on as they have in the past, no panic adjustments. Robin Arnold, Apple Valley

t least for the next few months, people shouldn’t stand around in groups.

Social distancing is simple at horse shows—be aware, be respectful of each other’s space. In the show office, limit people to two or three inside, depending on space. It will probably require snother volunteer to manage office lines! Becky Borquez, Shadow Hills

o ‘new’ normal for shows. Everything back to the way it was.

MaryLouise Eckman, Simi Valley

hope it will be like it was before. The only thing I would like to see would be

people washing hands and being aware of spreading any germs, including common cold.

Phil Smith, Phelan S W H N

What will ‘the new normal’ be as we return to our horse routines, post-pandemic?

hows for now will require small classes, and only so many horses and riders in

each class at once. The problem will be for judges and stewards to be able to do what they need to do from a distance. For now, there should be no shows at all. Lil Judd, Sylmar

e still don’t know enough to make very accurate predictions.

Generally, horse activities are not a close-contact event, so I’m not sure many changes are need- ed. But people, especially kids, like to congregate and socialize. It’s just in our nature. We want to talk about our horses, our events—it’s one of the main rea- sons we go to shows! Deb Burken, Tehachapi

orse shows should be conducted with safety in mind. Face masks

in place and staying six feet apart should not be a problem. Sanitize office areas often, and no sharing of equipment, tack, horses or clothes. Lorraine Biederman, Newbury Park

What will the “new training” be like for those who take lessons?

othing should change. The Corona virus sur- vives in densely popu-

lated area. I don’t see trainers functioning is densely populated arena. It’s generally a trainer and just a few students, usually a safe distance apart.

Doris Lora, Tehachapi See Return, page 16

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