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Should horse shows be cancelled for the next month?

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  • #21
    in the braids.

    Also a moment of silence, donations to the Red Cross or other charitable group... very appropriate and useful ideas.

    I agree with those who have suggested that we refuse to allow cowardly terrorists to impact our daily life more than is absolutely necessary. We can grieve and yet refuse to be cowed at the same time. While I am sure that the group of us getting together at the Regionals at Chateau Elan this weekend may be a little more subdued than we might be otherwise, we will still be there to encourage and applaud the juniors who are riding - and to lean on our friends a little bit as we heal from the tragedies of the last few days.

    To appreciate heaven well
    �Tis good for a man to have some fifteen minutes of hell.
    Will Carleton (1845�1912)
    We move pretty fast for some rabid garden snails.


    • Original Poster


      It is with regret that the Dallas Dressage Club announces the cancellation of our Yellow Rose Festival. We are cancelling this weekend's show dates of September 15 & 16th and are looking at re-scheduling later this year if possible.

      With these week's events, we gave ourselves a deadline of today at noon (Thursday, September 13th) to make an objective decision, deciding to base this decision on the most up-to-date knowledge on the availability of the flights bringing our judges and technical delegate to the show. Flights anywhere, in all probability, will not be on schedule for quite awhile. We could not take the chance that some of the judges could not make it to the show.

      Our decision was also based on the realization that with the horrific events of this week, priorities are to pause and reflect and to grieve for those lost, injured and irrevocably damaged physically, spiritually and emotionally. Emotions are flowing - we recognize and share the emotional need to cancel the show as well in honor of the lives lost and forever changed this week.

      We understand the impact this decision makes for those competitors who were working toward final qualifying scores for the championships. We hope you understand that this is completely out of anyone's control. We also hope that you will be at our hopefully re-scheduled show.

      The DDC board and show management will be contacting each of the competitors, via phone and email if available. We will be contacting all of our sponsors and advertisers, hoping they will allow us to move their sponsorship to a later show. We will be contacting each of our volunteers and members. We hope each of these will forward the notice of cancellation to anyone who might have been planning on attending our Extravaganza on Saturday night.

      We regret the actions of terrorists have impacted the freedom of going on with our lives as normal. We regret the lives lost, the injured and those who will be permanently impacted by the hideous events of this week. I just got an email from one of my best friends who I've been wondering all week if she was alive - she works for Rand Corporation in the Pentagon and was in a meeting at ground zero. Luckily, she's only bruised and burned and will admittedly be impacted by this the rest of her life, but she was lucky to escape with her life. I had an old boyfriend - a corporate vp with Merrill Lynch who worked in the top floors of the WTC - I know he didn't make it. Other friends I don't know about. Each of us has stories to tell and burdens to bear and we all do it in different ways. Me, I had show details to concentrate on this week, so I did - it kept me centered and going on with my life - not giving into what the terrorists were trying to accomplish - panic and chaos.

      We all need to do this - get on with our lives but acknowledge the incredible devastation our country has gone through - by pulling together toward common goals and in celebration of life - not by creating strife between each other. At least that's my opinion. As we had planned for in the Extravaganza, the DDC board wants to recognize the loss this great nation has experienced by a moment of silence. Sometime this weekend, realize other DDC members and competitors will be doing the same. Thanks for your understanding as we work around a despicable and unforgettable day in our history and look with hope toward the future.

      Carol Farrow
      President - Dallas Dressage Club
      Nothing says "I love you" like a tractor. (Clydejumper)

      The reports states, “Elizabeth reported that she accidently put down this pony, ........, at the show.”


      • #23
        such as the air transport system being shut down, making travel impossible for some officials who have contracted to work this weekend--an advisory was sent out by the organization formerly known as the AHSA about the rules that pertain to situations that many shows may face this week.
        Inner Bay Equestrian


        • #24
          There doesn't seem to be a right answer here. If you cancel, you contribute to the disruption of society that is the goal of terrorism. If you go on, it seems like frivolity in the face of suffering.

          I am scheduled to ride in a dressage show Saturday. It has not been cancelled. We are scheduled to hold a hunter show at my farm on Sunday. I called the VHSA and asked if they had made a decision about their sanctioned shows. They say none have been cancelled, so it seems that the going consensus is to carry on. Don't know if that is wrong or right. So, we're holding the show. I won't be surprised or disappointed if it isn't very well attended.


          • #25
            I agree with Merry. Let the shows go on, but have a moment of silence/respect.

            Cancellation of some of the "big" events (baseball games, Emmy's etc.) may be due, at least partially, to the logistics of moving people around the country or the fear that having a large group of people together would make an excellent target.
            The Evil Chem Prof


            • #26
              I just had one of my judges call and say she would come if we held the show, but she felt it would be more appropriate to be in church. I'm not religious, but I really can't argue with that.
              I think I'm going to have to cancel the show.


              • #27
                These would be the only reasons justifiable for cancelling shows I think...

                All mental health care professionals agree that returning to normalcy is the BEST course of action for people in a troubling/traumatic situation or crisis. A lot of children/young adults horse back ride and show; by cancelling the show you are reaffirming in their minds that the world is coming to an end.

                This "we will survive" attitude was evident as NYC schoolchildren--many of whom are missing parents or guardians or whose apartments are covered in rubble or below Canal Street--returned to school today. If the children of the attacked city can regain strength by returning to school, horse show managers must keep shows running for the children and riders accross the US to return to normalcy.

                **~~Emily~~** proud
                member of the junior clique!


                • #28
                  That some organizers have decided to cancel events for the next few weekends. Unfortunately, they don't list any of the events set to be cancelled.

                  I am scheduled to ride in an event on Sunday. Part of me still wants to go and escape from all this horror by doing something so ordinary and normal. Another part of me can't imagine concentrating enough to effectively ride my horse in the event, not to mention the consideration that maybe *I* shouldn't be out doing something frivilous while others are in so much misery.

                  I like the idea of a flag on my saddle pad. I think I'll have to go look for one tomorrow just in case we get to ride Sunday.

                  I sent an e-mail to the organizer of the event in which I am supposed to ride. I guess I'll have to see what they say.


                  • #29
                    We lost our barn some years ago. We lost three people and we lost 16 of our working horses that paid the bills. Our fancy show horses survived in another barn.

                    We faced this dilemma and opted to go on with our show. Why? for the children, because life goes on and we need to keep life going. Death brings a rebirth, if it doesn't then the death was useless. Generations need to pass on to the next the strength that it takes sometimes to go on instead of giving up.

                    Would those who died because of this heinous act if they were watching be pleased if we let the world they knew stop running, stop growing and stop improving. Would they be proud and pleased?
                    By giving the terrorists a victory you make their death a waste in my personal opinion.

                    I think the best way to fight terrorism is to not let them know that they even made a blip on our world. Let them have died for nothing and keep them from being the martyers they dreamed.
                    http://www.usAHSA.org and http://www.noreinstatement.org


                    • #30
                      While certain consideration of a Nation's mourning during this terrible, terrible time caused NASCAR, NFL, Baseball, etc. to cancel competition; there was also thought given to removing temptation (and National symbols) from would-be terrorists.

                      While it's an individual decision for horseshow managers in the United States, clearly USET should think twice before sending the show jumping squad to the Nations Cup Final in Spain - without consulting the USOC and the Dept. of Agriculture - IF they can even get a flight out this weekend.

                      It would be a selfish and truly incompetent decision indeed to quite unnecessarily tempt fate and somebody should think first of the horse's safety - they don't have a voice.

                      Let us hope USET's executives do not mismanage a very sensitive situation.


                      • #31
                        I spectated at a local schooling show yesterday. Over half the participants are children who are really beginning to show (mostly around 10 years old). They are scared enough - let's not punish them for this tragedy. Many people had the little ribbon pins on their polo shirts.


                        • #32
                          I went to a polo match benefitting a local family services agency and it was wonderful to be with other people on an absolutely beautiful day, enjoying the company and the horses, (and the food, etc. [img]/infopop/emoticons/icon_wink.gif[/img] ) They had a lovely anthem duet and a few moments of silence - both of which were lovely. Lots of people were dressed in red, white and blue. In all, I was happy to NOT feel terribly guilty, attempting to have a good time - which was very nice.
                          \"Riding a horse is not a gentle hobby, to be picked up and laid down like a game of solitaire. It is a grand passion. It seizes a person whole and, once it has done so, he will have to accept that his life will be radically changed.\" -- Ralph Waldo E


                          • #33
                            I was at my barn's final show in its schooling series today. Obviously, the show was on, but we did observe a minute of silence before the first class.

                            The animals were still, the music was off, and we all reflected on just how d*mn lucky we are to be afforded the freedom to devote a beautiful, cloudless late summer day to something that brings us together and makes us happy.

                            What made it more striking was the sound of the small twin-engine plane that happened by overhead during that minute. It took my breath away.

                            It's a lot like nuts and bolts - if the rider's nuts, the horse bolts!
                            ~The Horse Whisperer
                            I'm not one to say I toadaso. But I toadaso. - Ricky