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Devon Horse Show prize list and entry forms available online (2)

DEVON, Pa.--The 2020 Devon Horse and Country Fair is closely monitoring information regarding the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

Devon generic jumperThe safety and welfare of our exhibitors, staff and attendees is our top priority. 

Our committee continues to review the communications on this illness issued from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the World Health Organization (WHO), the U.S. Department of State, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, USEF, FEI and other regulatory organizations.

Meanwhile, the Devon Horse Show and Country Fair (DHSCF) has announced that the prize list and entry forms for its 2020 event are now available online.

 

KICKING OFF on Thursday, May 21, and running through Sunday, May 31, the historic show will once again unite top equestrians from a variety of disciplines as they compete for a spot in the winner's circle in the famed Dixon Oval.

Known for being "the place where champions meet," the Devon Horse Show has been a can't-miss event for riders since its inception in 1896.

As always, this year's event will feature show jumping, equitation, hunters, eventing, Saddlebred, Hackney, breeding and coaching divisions for all to enjoy.

All necessary documents for the 2020 Devon Horse Show, including the prize list, entry forms, stabling information, feed and bedding form as well as tentative time schedules and so much more are available to exhibitors online here.

One of many highlight events, the Devon Open Jumper Section has expanded its prizes and awards to feature $480,000 in possible earnings.

The section will invite 30 elite open jumper athletes to compete in classes such as the $36,600 Main Line Challenge, the $36,600 Devon International Speed Stake, the $50,000 Jet Run Devon Welcome Stake and the $73,000 Idle Dice Open Jumper Stake.

Celebrating its 42nd year, the Sapphire Grand Prix of Devon will be the main event, offering $250,000 in prize money.

With a FEI CSI4* ranking, athletes competing in any of these events will be eligible to acquire world ranking points.

In addition, the Devon Horse Show is widely recognized for its world-class hunter competition and will once again be hosting a variety of hunter divisions all with a US Equestrian Premier hunter rating.

The country's top hunter riders will compete for the coveted title in the popular $25,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby, sponsored by the Wheeler family, on Thursday, May 28.

For the third year in a row, the Devon Horse Show will host the $50,000 Devon Arena Eventing class, featuring a blend of cross-country and stadium jumps and open to 30 of the nation's top athletes.

Payment and entries can be submitted electronically by visiting entries.showmanagementsystems.com or mailed to the Devon Horse Show at P.O. Box 158, Devon, PA 19333.

The closing date for entries for hunters, equitation, local hunters, coaching and all jumper sections is Monday, March 30, while entries for Saddlebred, Hackney, harness, roadster, driving, hunter breeding and pony hunter breeding close on Monday, April 27.

A number of family activities will also be hosted in coordination with the show, including the Dog Show at the Horse Show event, presented by What A Good Dog, set to take place during the evening of May 21.

There will also be several events that will be a part of the year-long celebration of the Devon Horse Show's upcoming 125th anniversary

Make sure to join us in the Devon Club Suite for the most spectacular views of the show.

The VIP Devon Experience is available for exhibitors, trainers, owners and families, but availability is limited and reservations are required.

To download a copy of the 2020 prize list or to learn more about the 2020 Devon Horse Show and Country Fair, please visit DevonHorseShow.net.

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Tina Marie Powell took this photo of Cochran Hunt Hounds in the hound truck awaiting the hunt.

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Pat Renner took this photo that she entitled "Frosty ride at the Bucks County Horse Park."

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The use of drugs and the number of fatalities in racing in the U.S. versus those in Europe (2)

The arrests of 27 people, including Jason Servis and Jorge Navarro, on Monday, March 9 brought again to the forefront the discussion of the higher number of horse fatalities  in this country as compared to Europe.

Racing generic 2According to the Jockey Club, the fatality rate at racetracks in the U.S. is two and a half to five times greater than the fatality rate in Europe.

Much of the media blames this on the use of drugs in America, but in fact there are a myriad of reasons.

According to many well respected trainers, owners and officials, the difference in breaking, training and racing horses in England and Europe is the biggest difference in fatalities, not drugs.

In this country, almost from the time they are weaned, youngsters, instead of growing up in pastures, are worked in preparation for sales, often being walked on walkers, always to the left.

The they go to the track where they are worked constantly to the left, putting a bigger strain on the legs on that side.

 

HORSES ARE bred for early speed, and 2 year olds are hardly broken, just backed enough so that they can be ridden.

Then many of them go to early sales where, prior to the sale, the 2 year olds are worked at speed, with in general those with the fastest works bringing the higher prices.

Almost all race horses in this country live at race tracks where they sit in stalls for over 23 hours a day, just being taken out for a few minutes a day to train.

And the highest number of races in this country are on dirt.

In England and Ireland, horses live at trainers' yards and train on grass, often on hills in both directions and in large numbers, without lead ponies.

They have to be better broken, because they are trained in open spaces, not on tracks.

They also are turned out for at least a few hours a day.

In Europe, horses are usually trained a large training centers that have turn-out facilities.

In this country, there are very few facilities such as that.

One like that belongs to Jonathan Sheppard, a Hall of Fame trainer with multiple Eclipse Award winners both on the flat and over fences, who trains out of his farm in West Grove.

His record shows. not only his ability as a trainer, but also his wisdom in training as they do in Europe.

Another is Fair Hill Training Center, where trainers such as Graham Motion can train on different surfaces and can turn horses out.

In England and Ireland, race meets move from one facility to another, allowing for a large number of turf races, while in this country horses live at tracks for months on end with all racing over the same surface day after day.

Europe also uses all-weather tracks more than this country does, with Wolverhampton and New Castle in England using Michael Dickinson's tapeta track, which has resulted in virtually no fatal breakdowns.

 

DESPITE ALL the negative publicity, this country is working towards improving safety for horses and their jockeys.

An analysis of data from the 11th year of reporting to the Equine Injury Database (EID) shows a decrease in the rate of fatal injury in 2019 (1.53 per 1,000 starts) compared to 2018 (1.68 per 1,000 starts), The Jockey Club announced on March 12.

The 2019 rate of fatal injury is the lowest number since the EID started collecting data in 2009.

The overall drop in the risk of fatal injury from 2009 to 2019 was 23.5 percent.

According to The New York Times, "Horse racing has a long history of re-purposing drugs in pursuit of a performance edge. This reliance on performance enhancing drugs combined with lax state regulations has made American racetracks among the deadliest in the world."

Many are calling for passage of The Horseracing Integrity Act, which is backed by the Coalition for Horse Racing Integrity, a diverse group of 18 members that include racing organizations, racetracks, owner and breeder associations, and animal welfare groups that support adoption of a national, uniform standard for drug and medication rules in horse racing.

However, according to Duncan Patterson, Chairman of the Drug Testing Standards Practices Committee, 90 percent of the tracks that are producers of betting handle have close to the same rules.

Just recently, Delaware, Maryland, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia are covered by a rule that mandates that no drugs other than Lasix are allowed for 48 hours prior to a race.

New York just passed a rule forbidding Lasix in 2-year-old races and in 2021 Lasix will be forbidden in all stakes races.

Trainers Jorge Navarro and Jason Servis, the two biggest names among the 27 people indicted Monday after an investigation into horse doping, are due back in court Mar. 23 for their arraignment. Both were arrested Monday in Miami and released on bail.

All 27 individuals were arrested in raids Monday across the country that included Florida, New York, Indiana, California, Massachusetts, Delaware, Pennsylvania and Kentucky.

Those trainers arrested were using Erythropoietin, know as EPO, these are the red blood cell producing drugs.

This synthetic hormone is used to stimulate the body's production of red blood cells which increases oxygen transport and aerobic power in the body.

That results in horses racing above their normal ability and has resulted in breakdowns.

Navarro was charged with two counts of “Misbranding Conspiracy,” which carries a maximum penalty of five years each; Servis was charged with one count.

Servis trained, among others, Maximum Security,who was disqualified from the Kentucky Derby for interference and just recently won the world's richest race, the Saudi Cup in Riyadh.

Rumors had abounded for years concerning all indicted trainers because of their high percentage of wins.

 

THE GOOD news is that, now that there is a test for the drugs used by those trainers, those drugs won't be used again.

The bad news is that if can take six months or more and $100,000 to develop a test for a new drug.

Ninety percent of the drug positives in this country are for people using too much of a therapeutically allowed drug allowed for racing at certain threshhold levels.

The majority of those overages are attributed to an innocent error or sloppy management,

There are four classes of drugs:

Class One; drugs that have no business being in a horse, such as frog juice and cobra venom, Viagra, cocaine, cobalt and heart medicines, most of which can now be tested.

Class Two; drugs that have  a high potential to affect performance and are not generally accepted for medicinal use but may have some therapeutic use, such as prozac and lidocaine.

Class Three; drugs that may or may not have general therapeutic use but do have the potential to affect performance such as acepromazine and clenbuteral.

Class Four: therapeutic drugs like bute and banamine that are allowed at certain thresold levels.

There a three classes of penalties:

Class A; Class One and Two drugs, minimum one year suspension and a minimum fine of $10,000.

Class B: Class Three drugs, minimum 15 day suspension and a minimum fine of $500..

Class C; Class Four drugs, normally a disqualification from the race and a possible fine, unless it involves multiple violations which will lead to possible suspension and higher fines.

The drugs used by Servis, Navarro and the other trainers fall into Class One drugs and Class A penalties with a minimum of one year suspension and a minimum fine of $10,000, a penalty many consider to be much too low for what those trainers did.

"We're working in increasing the penalties for Class One drugs," said Patterson. "We are having discussions regarding substantially increasing the penalty for certain Class 1 drugs."

 

Packy McGaughan, 1987 Pan Am team eventing gold medalist, died March 12 (2)

CLARKSBURG, Md.--Patrick "Packy" Galen McGaughan, of Clarksburg, Md, unexpectedly passed away on March 12, 2020, shocking the horse world and those who loved him best.

Packy McGaughanPacky McGaughan and Tanzer at the 1987 Pan American Games (Photo by Margaret Kaiser)McGaughan grew up in Montgomery County, MD, attending Damascus Elementary School then Prospect Hall.

Before attending Duke University he was a resident rider with the United States Equestrian Team.

He was a gold medalist at the 1987 Pan American Equestrian Games.

A graduate of the University of Maryland Law school, he practiced law at Thelen Reid for several years before transitioning exclusively to training horses and riders in the sport of eventing.

 McGaughan was a beloved member of the eventing community, devoting his life to the sport as a competitor and trainer.

McGaughan was destined to become a fixture in U.S. Eventing.

 

LIKE MANY aspiring young equestrians, he competed in the 1970 North American Youth Championships.

In 1984, U.S. Eventing Chef d’Equipe Jack Le Goff spotted the young rider’s evident talent and invited him to train with him at the USET Center in South Hamilton.

Years later, after obtaining a degree in psychology from Duke University, he earned a second-place finish with his mother’s 12-year-old gelding, Tanzer, at the 1987 Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event.

As a result, he earned a spot on the U.S. Eventing Team at the Pan American Games later that year.

McGaughan produced clean cross-country and show jumping rounds to help the U.S. win team gold, and he placed third individually.

Following McGaughan’s Pan American Games success, he earned a law degree from the University of Maryland School of Law.

In addition to McGaughan’s competitive achievements, he was an esteemed coach and trainer in Area II, advancing horses and riders to the highest level of the sport.

McGaughan ran Banbury Cross Farm in Clarksburg, which grew into a leading training, breeding, and boarding facility for eventing, dressage, hunter, and equitation riders.

One could often spot him at numerous events across the East Coast, instructing athletes across all levels of the sport.

Funeral services took place at Banbury Cross, the family farm, on Friday, March 20, 2020 at 3 p.m.

Family and friends were asked to bring photos and their stories about Packy, as we will share them then.

There will be a celebration of his life at Seneca Valley Pony Club Horse Trials in Poolesville a weekend in June (details on the celebration to follow) where a cross country jump will be dedicated in his memory.

Please look on the USEA website for the date and time of the Memorial Celebration.

All testimonials will be welcome at that time.

Packy is survived by his parents, Judy and Mack McGaughan of 26215 Haines Road, Clarkburg, Md., his brother and sister in law, Mark and Madgie McGaughan of Comus, Md., and his sister Erin and brother in law Jon Hochberg of Seattle, Washington.

He was loved by many nephews, nieces and cousins.

Contribution can be made towards the "Packy Perpetual Trophy" established by Judy and Mack, which will be run through the USEA, at www.USEventing.com, and will be awarded to an outstanding young rider at the Preliminary Level.

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Tina Marie Powell took this photo as she drove by a Lancaster County farm.

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Sandy C. Smith took this photo of Snuck On You, Rue Martel, Bd Emotion and First Twilight lined up to say hello from Fox Brush Farm.

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Another cancellation (2)

RADNOR RACES in Malvern, Pa., scheduled for May 16, has been cancelled.

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Tina Marie Powell sent this photo of Hunterdog with his toy.

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Ellie Glaccum sent this photo of the 3-year-old gelding by Girolamo out of the aunties Faker "Checking me out."

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Brownlee Curry, USET supporter and lifetime trustee, died March 18. (2)

GLADSTONE, N.J.--The United States Equestrian Team (USET) Foundation announced the death of Brownlee O. Currey Jr.

Brownlee CurryBrownlee O.  Curry Jr.An esteemed leader and ambassador of USET and equestrian sport for more than three decades, Currey, of Franklin, Tenn., served as chairman of the USET board of trustees from 2013 to 2019.

A USET honorary life trustee, Currey passed away on March 18, at the age of 91, in Nashville, Tenn.

Currey’s influence spanned the entire sport.

In 2016, the USET Foundation awarded Currey the R. Bruce Duchossois Distinguished Trustee Award, which is presented annually to a USET Foundation trustee who exemplifies exceptional leadership, philanthropy, and character.

In addition to his stewardship of the USET, he led several charitable efforts, including chairing a benefit for the American Horse Shows Association during the National Horse Show, co-chairing the Nashville Charity Horse Show in 1985, and hosting the Music City Grand Prix to benefit Easter Seals and the Saddle Up! therapeutic riding program.

He and his wife, Agneta, were also long-time supporters of The Hampton Classic.

 

AMONG HIS many valued contributions to the sport, he and his wife were among the members of a horse syndicate that owned the off-the-track thoroughbred mare, Touch of Class, who won individual gold with Joe Fargis riding and contributed to team gold medal honors for U.S. Jumping in the 1984 Los Angeles Games.

In recognition of this achievement, Currey received the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce Bronze Seal of Honor in 1984.

Additionally, Governor Lamar Alexander presented Currey with Tennessee's Outstanding Achievement Award.

Outside of equestrian sport, Currey was a successful businessman.

After graduating from Vanderbilt University, where he earned a B.A. in business administration, he began working as a securities broker for Equitable Securities until 1957, when he transferred to the company's New York office.

A year and a half later, he became a director and helped manage Equitable Securities' eastern division.

After the firm was sold to American Express Company in 1968, he continued in the position of director, a senior vice president and a member of the executive committee of Equitable Securities Morton & Company, Inc., a subsidiary of American Express.

In 1970, he became vice chairman in New York of the Commerce Union Corporation, which subsequently became Bank of America.

He resigned and went on to purchase the Nashville Banner, where he held, at varying times, the positions of chairman, chief executive officer and publisher between 1980 and 1998.

In 1989, he co-founded Osborn Communications, a public radio company, and served as chairman until it was sold in 1997.

His widely accomplished career took a hiatus early on when he enlisted in the U.S. Air Force, serving as a fighter pilot in the Korean conflict.

Following active duty, Currey joined the Tennessee Air National Guard.

He served on numerous boards throughout his lifetime, including the United States Equestrian Team, the Show Jumping Hall of Fame and Museum, the Volunteer State Horseman’s Association, Thomas Nelson Publishing Company, Watkins College of Art, Montgomery Bell Academy, International Tennis Hall of Fame, the Tennessee Tennis Association Hall of Fame and Vanderbilt University’s Board of Trust, eventually becoming a trustee emeritus.

He was an avid golfer and a nationally ranked senior tennis player, and he led the campaign for Vanderbilt’s Tennis Center, which currently bears his name.

He was also a founder and supporter of Currey Ingram Academy.

In 2019, the Watkins College of Art awarded him with an honorary Doctor of Fine Arts.

Currey is survived by his wife Agneta, children Christian Brownlee Currey, Stephanie Currey Ingram, and Frances Currey Briggs and 12 grandchildren.

His many contributions to his community, his country, and equestrian sport will be greatly missed.

A Celebration of Life will be held in Nashville and New York on dates to be determined.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Vanderbilt University, Gift Processing Office, PMB 407127, 2301 Vanderbilt Place, Nashville, TN 37240 or Montgomery Bell Academy, 4001 Harding Road, Nashville, TN 37205.

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Tina Marie Powell is a very prolific photographer, and all the rest of the photos in Pets Honorable Mention were taken by Powell, so rather than put her name  on each photo,, the photos will just be posted.

Driving a pair.

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Bud E Bear and friend ready for swimming.

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Willowdale Races cancelled (2)

Willowdale Steeplechase races, originally schedule for May 8 then rescheduled for June 6, has been cancelled.

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Tareef's Accolade by Powell

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Bud E Bear finds a stick to play with, by Powell

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Cancellations continue (2)

Top show jumpers will have to rearrange their schedules due to the postponement of the Tokyo Olympics and Aachen Horse Show.

McLain Ward HH Azur Feb. 8McLain Ward, shown here on HH Azur, is one of the top show jumpers aiming towards the OlympicsThose hoping for a spot on the Olympic team held their top horses out of competiton in Florida to have them peak in July and this lost valuable prize money, and they will now have to replan their schedules.

The USEF has also extended the suspension of USEF recognized events to May 3.

Race horse owners and trainers have been impacted by the loss of racing in Pennsylvania and Maryland, and now Aqueduct has also cancelled racing until April 5, and racing in Ireland has been cancelled until April 19.

That's a loss for those of us who enjoyed watching international racing on TVG while Stay at Home regulations continue.

Maryland has now also closed public stables.

 

THE USEF received official confirmation on March 24 from the IOC and Organizing Committee for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games that in response to the global COVID-19 pandemic both organizations have jointly decided to postpone the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games to 2021.

The postponement of the Olympic and Paralympic Games is unprecedented in modern history, and we know that there will be many challenges ahead, but remain committed to working with the USOPC and the FEI to ensure the success of our teams and athletes in 2021.

We are deeply disappointed for our athletes and their teams, the coaches, support staff, horse owners, sponsors, and USET Foundation donors and supporters who have wholeheartedly dedicated themselves to the Olympic and Paralympic dream, but in the face of adversity, our athletes continually persevere and we know they will be prepared to represent our country to the best of their abilities next year.

We also understand that this decision will impact many, and as we wait to understand the revised approach of the IOC and Organizing Committee in the coming weeks, we will continue to provide updates and information to our athletes, stakeholders, sponsors, and fans. This is a trying time for our community and we look forward to the incredible feeling of watching our athletes inspire others and embody the Olympic and Paralympic spirit next year in Tokyo.

 

AACHEN HORSE SHOW in Germany, scheduled for May 31 - June 9 has been postponed with no new date yet announced.

“For quite some time now, we have already been in intense communication with the International Equestrian Federation FEI, the German Equestrian Association, the authorities and our partners,” said Frank Kemperman, Chairman of the Aachen-Laurensberger Rennverein e.V. (ALRV), organisers of the CHIO Aachen, and Michael Mronz, General Manager of the CHIO marketing company, the Aachener Reitturnier GmbH (ART).

The original venue date at the beginning of June cannot be adhered to.

“It makes no sense to stick to the planned date, the current and future health and safety of all persons involved in the show has absolute priority for us,” reported Frank Kemperman. "Our primary goal is thus now to organise the CHIO Aachen at a later date in the year."

 

THE USEF announced that the original 30-day suspension that became effective March 16, is being extended through May 3.

Effective March 24, all USEF owned events, selection trials, training camps, clinics and activities will be suspended through May 3, consistent with recommendations by the CDC.

Due to the importance of keeping the members of our equestrian community and their families safe, USEF strongly recommends that competition organizers suspend all USEF licensed competitions across the country and that equestrians do not compete for this same time period.

For those competitions that choose to run and can do so in accordance with the CDC, State, and Local recommendations, there will be no accumulation or points, scores, money won, qualifications, or rankings toward any USEF award programs, USEF owned events, or selection to a US team during this time period.

This includes USEF National Championships.

 

MARYLAND Governor Larry Hogan ordered all non-essential businesses to close by 5 p.m. March 23.

While farms and the agriculture and food supply chains are considered essential, commercial and recreational riding centers and stables should prepare to suspend their operations to the public.

Horse care, boarding facilities and other operations that provide self-care boarding for privately-owned horses are considered essential and should continue operations while implementing safety measures that promote social distancing and other best practices.

 

NYRA announced on March 24 that live racing at Aqueduct Racetrack will be suspended through at least April 5 due to the continued impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic in New York.

As a result, the G2, $750,000 Wood Memorial, previously slated for April 4 at Aqueduct, has been postponed to a date yet to be determined.

A decision regarding the Aqueduct spring meet stakes schedule, including the G1, $400,000 Carter Handicap; G2, $300,000 Gazelle; G3, $250,000 Bay Shore; and G3, $150,000 Excelsior, all slated for April 4, will be made at a later date.

"While this decision is necessary, NYRA is working hard to determine when we can return to racing while prioritizing the health and welfare of everyone involved in our operations," said NYRA CEO and President Dave O'Rourke. "I would like to thank the trainers and backstretch community who are caring for the horses stabled at Belmont Park during this period of great uncertainty."

On March 19, NYRA announced live racing at Aqueduct was suspended following the confirmation that a backstretch worker who lived and worked at Belmont Park tested positive for the coronavirus.

The Belmont backstretch is home to 585 workers, who tend to the essential daily care of the more than 1,300 thoroughbreds stabled on the property.

Access to enter Belmont Park was restricted to Gate 6 and all workers, including licensed horsemen, that do not live on the backstretch are subject to a standard health assessment including temperature check

The Belmont Park grounds are closed to ship-in horses with the exception of horses in extenuating circumstances subject to the approval of Martin Panza, NYRA's Senior Vice President of Racing Operations.

In addition, NYRA has confirmed with its vendor, Triple Star Horse Feed, that feed supply for horses stabled at Belmont is guaranteed during this time of uncertainty.

The Belmont Park backstretch and its facilities remain open to horsemen and operational for training.

Owners will not be permitted access to the backstretch until further notice.

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Looking over a pair's ears while driving, by Powell.

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Hunterdog, by Powell.

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Cheshire P-to-P rescheduled to June 14, Princeton Show Jumping's first show May 6-10 (2)

KENNETT SQUARE, Pa--Cheshire Point-to-Point, originally scheduled for March 29, first rescheduled to June 7 and has now rescheduled again to June 14.

Cheshire 1Cheshire Point-to-PointCheshire Point-to-Point will be held at Willowdale's race track in Kennett Square.

 

SKILLMAN, N.J.--Princeton Show Jumping announced a revised scedule due to te USEF's suspension of shows.

The suspension of USEF events due to COVID-19 has been extended to May 3.

The first 3 weeks of our 4 week Spring Series have been officially canceled (April 15-19, April 22-26, and April 30-May 3)

Please join us May 6-10 for our AA Hunter, Equitation, Jumper show.

We are accepting entries and plan to continue with this event as scheduled.

Please continue to send in your entries and stall payments by April 3.

 

IN THE unexpected event that we are unable to hold the May 6-10 show, we will offer a full refund to everyone who has entered.

The well-being of our exhibitors is our priority.

We will be implementing "best practices" as deemed by the Center for Disease Control, the World Health Organization, the New Jersey State Department of Health, USEF, and local health agencies.

We will continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation and communicate with exhibitors. Please check the Princeton Show Jumping website for updates.

 

 

USHJA, joining the USEF, suspends shows until May 3.

In an effort to help reduce the spread of COVID-19, the U.S. Hunter Jumper Association will extend the suspension of all USHJA competitions and events until May 3, 2020.

Competitions that choose to run during this time period may not include the USHJA name with any class or property and will do so without USHJA recognition.

Competitors attending those events will not be able to accumulate or earn points, scores, money won, qualifications or rankings during this period for USEF or USHJA awards programs, Championships and events.

Similarly, USHJA Outreach classes are suspended.

The USHJA is committed to supporting date changes for any USHJA properties scheduled to occur between March 16 and May 3, as rescheduling is in the best interest of the sport.

Any Outreach events or other USHJA contracted events wishing to reschedule for a date outside of the suspension period should contact the USHJA Sport Department at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The USHJA will work to accommodate the rescheduling of as many USHJA events as possible at the request of the manager.

The USHJA will refund any fees already collected from Competitions hosting USHJA properties to take place during the suspension time period.

 

DEVON, Pa.-- In a sign that perhaps someday this madness will end, entries are now open for the 2020 BRANDYWINE HORSE SHOWS, which will offer two weeks of premier hunter, jumper, and equitation competition at the Devon Show Grounds.

The event will feature two premiere rated shows, which will run June 24 - 28 and June 30 - July 5, as well as the USEF Junior Hunter National Championships - East Coast, on July 6 and 7, 2020.

Entries must be submitted by May 22 so be sure to visit BrandywineHorseShows.com to download both prize lists and forms.

The 2020 title sponsor will be the Lindsay Maxwell Charitable Fund, and the show will once again be presented by Taylor Harris Insurance Services (THIS).

The 2020 Brandywine Horse Shows are closely monitoring information regarding the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

The safety and welfare of our exhibitors, staff and attendees is our top priority.

We recognize the growing concerns of the community.

Our Executive Committee continues to review the communications on this illness issued from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the World Health Organization (WHO), the U.S. Department of State, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, USEF, FEI and other regulatory organizations.

At this point in time we are hoping to proceed as scheduled with our shows.

Entries and stall reservations will remain open for both shows and may be secured online by credit card and by mail with a check.

However, no credit cards will be charged and no checks deposited until we are certain that the shows can be held safely.

Jockey Castellano tested positive for coronovirus but Gulfstream can continue to race (2)

FROM THE Thoroughbred Daily News

By Bill Finley

Hall of Fame jockey Javier Castellano has tested positive for the coronavirus, reports his agent, John Panagot. Castellano is the first North American-based jockey known to have come down with the illness.

JavierCastellanoSusieRaisherNYRAJavierCastellano (Photo by Susie Raisher NYRA)Castellano had been riding at Gulfstream, but Bill Badgett, the executive director of Florida racing operations for The Stronach Group, said that racing will continue at the South Florida racetrack. He said that Castellano has not ridden at Gulfstream since Mar. 15 and was tested on Sunday when he returned to Florida from New York.

“We put protocols in place where no jockey who had been out of town could ride here until they took a physical,” Badgett said. “The physical is where they discovered he had the virus, otherwise he still wouldn’t know that he was positive. The safety of the jockey and everyone else here is our main priority and it’s more important than racing.

 

“BUT THIS has nothing to with us. He was not on the property around the time he would have gotten sick and hasn’t been in contact with any other jockeys.”

Prior to riding at Gulfstream on the 15th, Castellano rode the Mar. 14 card at Oaklawn. New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton attended the races that day and mingled with some trainers, jockeys and TVG personnel. He has since tested positive for COVID-19.

Panagot released the news about Castellano on Twitter and wrote that his jockey is “asymptomatic and feels fine and healthy.”

“He jogged three miles on Wednesday and looked forward to the weekend,” Panagot continued. “He will self-isolate until he is medically cleared.”

Thursday afternoon, Castellano posted an optimistic update on his condition on Twitter.

“Orders to quarantine for the next 2 weeks,” he wrote. “I have had no known contact with anyone that has tested positive. I appreciate the support from everyone, including Gulfstream Park. Stay safe everyone and we will all get through this, God willing.”

Officials at Gulfstream Park issued a statement on the situation, saying: “Our thoughts go out to Javier Castellano today and we are so glad to hear that he is asymptomatic. At Gulfstream Park, we have been operating in full compliance with all executive orders issued by the state of Florida and have, in fact, initiated stringent measures for the protection of all of our essential personnel, including our jockeys. It is because of our strict protocols requiring all jockeys to be screened prior to entering the facility that Javier’s symptoms were recognized and he was able to be tested for which we know he is thankful. Javier last rode at Gulfstream Park on March 15th and has not been back to the property since. Javier will not be able to return to riding at Gulfstream Park until after his mandatory 14-day quarantine is complete and he has received a clean bill of health from his medical practitioner. We wish him a speedy and complete recovery.”

Castellano’s mounts Saturday include Candy Tycoon (Twirling Candy) in the GI Florida Derby.

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