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Leaders of California’s associations and facilities are prepping to relaunch show seasons

Melissa Brandes Blenheim EquiSports

irst and foremost, we want to ensure that we welcome our exhibitors to the safest environment we can possibly

achieve by thoughtfully and thoroughly working with local, state, federal and USEF guidelines to put the necessary protocols in place. Once that has been achieved, we have to make sure that we have a smooth imple- mentation of the current practices, allowing for the level of competition to stay intact and providing an enjoyable experience to those who attend. We’ve worked with local, state. federal

and USEF guidelines, health expert consul- tants, as well as collaborating with other managers, in order to compile the proposed plan. We are diligently creating implementa- tion procedures, to make our return smooth and seamless, as we all adjust to the “new normal”. We have come to understand this is a fluid situation, with new discoveries and information emerging on a daily basis. We have worked together as a team at Blenheim

EquiSports for over 20 years and we are commited to the sport, our exhibitors and our staff, and can’t wait to welcome everyone to our home. We have taken this challenging time to think outside the box, find solutions and remember what it is that binds us together — our love for horses. Before mentioning changes, I would like

to tell you what hasn’t changed: our beau- tiful green grass field, that got some extra rest this spring, our team ready to welcome everyone back and top-notch competition for all levels. In order to comply with our current environment and help prevent the spread of Covid-19, there will be some adjustments that will need to be made by everyone, collaborating for a higher cause. Some of the most noticeable changes will be, asking everyone to socially distance, creating a virtual office system and — unfor- tunately for the time being — having to ask the local community that has loved spend- ing their aſternoon at our park to watch from afar until the day comes when we can welcome spectators once again.

As for the biggest challenge in this tran- sition, I think not just as a company, but for each of us individually, it is about coming to terms with the loss of what was and embrac- ing the new. In the words of Helen Keller, “Alone we can do so litle, together we can do so much”. We are all in this together, so my expectations are high and I believe we will overcome this and emerge stronger and united.

Roy Rich Green Acres Ranch


ur first concern is, how am I going to handle all the people at my place during the shows? I know the

Southern California Reined Cow Horse Association shows are going to be big. Also, how are we going to respect the people who choose to be socially distant as well as those who don’t? To handle the volume of contestants, I’m building additional stabling for the horses and preparing additional parking. For the people concerned about

See Comeback, page 16

Blenheim EquiSports

Roy Rich, Green Acres Ranch

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