Cancellation of the 2020 U.S. Dressage Finals

On Sept. 17, U.S. Dressage Federation President Lisa Goretta sent an email to membership informing them of the cancellation of the 2020 U.S. Dressage Finals to be held Nov. 5-8, in Lexington, Kentucky, due to concerns over the coronavirus pandemic.

“In coming to this decision, which I assure you has not been made without a thorough evaluation first from the U.S. Dressage Finals Organizing Committee, followed by the Executive Board’s examination that considered every scenario and option, we simply could not be confident in our ability to overcome the obstacles beyond our control: the ever-changing picture of the pandemic from state to state, the requirements of the US Equestrian COVID-19 Action Plan to which the Kentucky Horse Park requires strict compliance, the stresses of deep cleaning the premises on the heels of the National Horse Show that would precede the arrival of our dressage horses, and the limitations of what we could provide for competitors, volunteers, and officials with the restrictions placed upon the Park itself,” Goretta wrote. “After lengthy discussion, taking into consideration the health and well-being of our members, the Executive Board voted to cancel the 2020 US Dressage Finals, with full intentions to return the event to its glory in 2021 at the Kentucky Horse Park.

Source The Chronicle of the Horse

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