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Rationale for Showing, or not, During the Pandemic

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    I just volunteered at at a recognized show in NC last weekend. No spectators allowed. Everyone except riders had to wear masks--those calling a test could also be mask-less but stay 6 feet back from the ring and be masked immediately prior to and immediately following the calling. . Most people were compliant with that, though the announcer did have to issue a few reminders as the day got hotter (100 degree heat index). Everyone at my ring (I was ring steward and then helped at the awards table) was being both socially distant and wearing masks though. I was worried about having to police people but it was a moot point. All volunteers wore masks, I felt it was done as safely as possible. Lots of hand sanitizer to help riders get bottles of water.

    Everyone coming to pick up their ribbons and tests were wearing masks. We did have to remind a few people just to tell us what prize they wanted with their 1st place ribbons, everyone is so used to being able to pick things up and touch them, but for the most part people at least were respectful and remembered if they came back. Temperature and health screening for all volunteers upon arrival.

    It made me feel a lot better about wanting to get to a show or two in the fall though, especially if I can stay close enough to not need a hotel.


      Originally posted by hopashore1 View Post
      I just volunteered at at a recognized show in NC last weekend.
      Hey hopashore1 - would you mind saying where the show was? I've got a trip down to NC planned for later in August (dog stuff, not horse), but I've been wondering what compliance is like down that way.
      Your experience is encouraging - Thanks!


        bdj -- the show was in Raleigh. I can only really speak to the Triangle area (Durham/Chapel HIll/Raleigh) which is doing ok compliance-wise, but cases are definitely rising throughout the state and there is lots of non-mask wearing in the more rural areas. What area are you headed to?


          Thanks hopashore1 !

          Would be going to N. Raleigh/Youngsville area, so your experience is just about exactly what/where I was looking for.


            Originally posted by hopashore1 View Post
            bdj -- the show was in Raleigh. I can only really speak to the Triangle area (Durham/Chapel HIll/Raleigh) which is doing ok compliance-wise, but cases are definitely rising throughout the state and there is lots of non-mask wearing in the more rural areas. What area are you headed to?
            My foal competed in that show! His breeder showed him and I got to virtually compete, which is the only way I would compete right now. My employer has decided it is too risky for us to work in the office and we are all telecommuting. One of the biggest issues for us is the use of the public restrooms and other common spaces, like elevators. I would have the same concerns at a show.


              bdj N Raleigh is probably doing ok. Just based on a handful of people I know in the Youngsville area..I would not plan on going into convenience stores or other unnecessary stops out that way. Much more anti-mask activity that I've seen at least on social media there, though I am sure there are also plenty who are complying.

              @Cowgirl--I hope it was a good experience for your foal! Yes I'm with you--the restroom is my biggest concern at a show that is close enough to not need a hotel for. If I end up taking my horse somewhere I'll probably just pee in his stall or trailer


                Thanks, hopashore1 !


                  Yes, thanks. My foal won everything. Was Reserve Grand Champion on Saturday and Grand Champion on Sunday and got handled a lot by professionals, which I find beneficial. Also, this year, we will not have an inspection (he is GOV), so the show record is good to enhance his value. The breeder wanted to show him and will manage her own risks.

                  If you are going to Made in the Shade, you can look for my foal there!
                  Last edited by Cowgirl; Aug. 9, 2020, 02:01 AM.