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Petition for Horses Shows in Massachusetts to Reopen in Phase 2

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Please sign and share this petition to allow no-contact, no spectator, outdoor Equestrian Horse Shows to resume in Phase II in Massachusetts!

As Massachusetts begins to gradually re-open and enter “Phase II,” several outdoor activities and facilities are permitted to re-open with strict no-contact, social distancing, limited participant, and hygiene protocols.  horse shows, however, have been unfairly excluded from the list of activities permitted to re-open during Phase II. With appropriate modifications and by adhering to the USEF’s strict no-contact, social distancing and hygiene protocols, Equestrian shows can fully and safely comply with the Commonwealth’s Phase II requirements.

Massachusetts-sanctioned horse shows are unique because they are not a team competition. Only one rider and one horse compete at a given time, in 40,000 sq ft. outdoor competition arena. In Under Saddle classes where a small number of horses and riders compete in the 40,000 sq.  ft arena at one time on their horses, riders will adhere to extreme social distancing guidelines (2-4 horse lengths) for the brief period before they return to individual competitions.

In addition to compliance with WHO, CDC, and Commonwealth rules and guidance regarding no-contact and social distancing protocols, horse show management will be required to adhere to stringent USEF-sanctioned guidelines, including:

licensed stewards on property to enforce compliance
Absolutely no spectators
Elimination of nonessential vendors
Only 1 guardian allowed per minor child participant
Mandatory temperature check for all participants and staff (Temperature of 99.5 or above will be excluded from show grounds)
Mandated mask usage for everyone at all times on show grounds and stabling areas, unless mounted on the horse.

Where state guidelines differ, the most restrictive requirements prevail and will supersede all others.  For a full list of USEF-sanctioned guidelines, please see:

Horse Shows are an important component of Massachusetts’ agritourism industry and generate a significant amount of economic activity, employment, and tax income for the Commonwealth. Horse shows provides income for stables, stable employees, stable contractors, and by extension goes to the caretaking of horses.  If the Massachusetts Hunter Jumper horse shows remain prohibited, the Massachusetts equestrian industry and its dollars will travel to other states where it is permitted, such as New York, New Jersey, Virginia and North Carolina, in order to compete in horse shows.

      Horse show management is prepared to make any and all necessary arrangements to guarantee a safe and successful environment at horse shows. Both industry leaders and professionals are willing and eager to make any changes necessary to protocol and facilities to ensure that we be given the opportunity to resume horse shows, the lifeblood of our industry. 

Please sign and share our petition to urge Governor Baker to allow these outdoor, no-contact, no spectator horse show competitions to begin immediately!  Thank you for your time and consideration. 



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