EEF and IJRC call for cancellation of all events through April, USEF suspends activities

The European Equestrian Federation (EEF) and the International Jumping Riders Club ( IJRC) have released a joint statement calling on all National Equestrian Federations in Europe and outside Europe to cease all competition with immediate effect. The statement followed yesterday’s cancellation of the Dutch Masters in ‘s-Hertogenbosch.

“The EEF considers it necessary to cancel all equestrian competitions in all disciplines from today until the end of April 2020,” read the statement signed by EEF chairman Theo Ploegmakers and IJRC President Kevin Staut.

” It is an established fact that the ultimate decision whether or not to hold an equestrian competition is, and remains, the responsibility of the organizations themselves, and of the policies that are, or will be, determined by the government of each country.

“The EEF will continue to monitor developments around the outbreak of the Covid-19 virus on a daily basis and will provide additional advice if there is reason to do so. The EEF assumes that everyone involved in the equestrian world in any way is aware of their social responsibility and will follow this urgent advice wherever possible.”

The United States Equestrian Federation also released a statement today (March 13) strongly recommending that competition organizers suspend all USEF licensed competitions across the country for 30 days from March 16 and that equestrians do not compete during that period.  Also effective Monday, March 16, 2020, all USEF owned events, selection trials, training camps, clinics, and activities will be suspended for 30 days.

“For those competitions that do run, there will be no accumulation of points, scores, money won, qualifications, or rankings toward any USEF awards programs, USEF owned event, or selection to a US team during this 30-day time period. This includes USEF National Championships.” The statement was signed by USEF President Murray Kessler and CEO William Moroney.