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Rationale for Showing, or not, During the Pandemic

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  • Miss Motivation
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    Good question. The CovidPause, as I call it, has given most of us a bit of time to think about all of our motivations and inclinations to do anything/everything with horses, from showing to even having horses.

    CovidPause is unexpected punctuation in our busy lives, which I think of as a lot of commas, in our pell-mell pursuit of whatever it is we've been chasing with horses all along.

    I'm kind of enjoying just riding, without real competition goals in mind. My new horse went to one very small schooling show at a local stable which was very comfortable in terms of distance, masking, etc. It was a nice progress check on the horse (yes, he's as easy to show as he is to ride at home) but I don't care too much one way or the other if we show anytime soon again.

    This is a lost year, in many ways, but I'm finding it a year of gain in terms of cleaning my house, of course, but also kind of cleaning my mind, and my heart. I've let a few friendships drift away that were costing a lot emotionally to maintain, and I've made good progress on some personal goals. Showing will be back, I'm not on any particular timeline... but I sure feel fortunate to have the time and space to enjoy horses when so many people are having to spend this time in very close quarters.

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  • outerbanks77
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    Originally posted by NewYork_Marx View Post

    Most recognized shows are reducing overall #s, at least they were for june shows.
    The ones I'm aware of here are filling to max capacity almost as soon as entries open. I dont know if they're limiting spectators or grooms, but that would make a pretty big difference in total number of people.

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  • NewYork_Marx
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    I want to show because it gives me a goal, everything else has been depressing. My horse is ready, I am ready. I have money to do this and it's not seen as risky. I've not been anywhere but the barn since March. Everything was taken away, thank goodness for the horses.

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  • NewYork_Marx
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    Originally posted by outerbanks77 View Post
    I am thinking about going to a tiny schooling show at the end of July. They require masks for anyone who isn't riding, and it is all outdoors. If I go, I'll warm up, ride my tests and leave. Having shown at this place before, I feel that it is less risky than going into a grocery store. I would not go to a larger recognized show right now.
    Most recognized shows are reducing overall #s, at least they were for june shows.

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  • oldernewbie
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    Also discussed here, pretty sane.
    https://www.chronofhorse.com/forum/f...-shows-threads

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  • outerbanks77
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    I am thinking about going to a tiny schooling show at the end of July. They require masks for anyone who isn't riding, and it is all outdoors. If I go, I'll warm up, ride my tests and leave. Having shown at this place before, I feel that it is less risky than going into a grocery store. I would not go to a larger recognized show right now.

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  • NewYork_Marx
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    Originally posted by atlatl View Post
    Let's see if we can discuss this rationally and not insult each other. I'm genuinely curious as to why people want to show during the pandemic.

    I personally have absolutely no interest in showing at this time. I was hoping to earn my gold medal this year, so it's not that I'm not interested in showing. Between my age, my horse's age and my slow recovery from injury not showing this year means I'm unlikely to get my gold medal ever. I'm in the high risk age group, live in one of the hot spots in the US so am just not willing to take the risk, particularly when many of the horse people I know don't appear to be willing to wear masks or social distance.

    I understand that even schooling shows can be a major source of income for clubs in which case I'd suggest just sending them money if you can and staying home.

    I have friends that are anxious to show and I just don't get it.

    If people don't think they are at risk, everyone's entitled to their own opinion, please don't debate that in this thread.
    I think it really depends on where you live and who you are around. I have experienced the full range of very liberal mask wearing to no one really talking about COVID.
    Shows are running, and doing ok. My thought is each state has put forth regulations, and we need to follow the guidelines.

    I personally feel fairly "safe" riding and showing outside, and I feel much more unsafe going to the grocery store. I think it was the CDC that published that horseback riding outside is considered very low risk.

    If it's not your thing, stay home or do online shows.

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  • atlatl
    started a topic Rationale for Showing, or not, During the Pandemic

    Rationale for Showing, or not, During the Pandemic

    Let's see if we can discuss this rationally and not insult each other. I'm genuinely curious as to why people want to show during the pandemic.

    I personally have absolutely no interest in showing at this time. I was hoping to earn my gold medal this year, so it's not that I'm not interested in showing. Between my age, my horse's age and my slow recovery from injury not showing this year means I'm unlikely to get my gold medal ever. I'm in the high risk age group, live in one of the hot spots in the US so am just not willing to take the risk, particularly when many of the horse people I know don't appear to be willing to wear masks or social distance.

    I understand that even schooling shows can be a major source of income for clubs in which case I'd suggest just sending them money if you can and staying home.

    I have friends that are anxious to show and I just don't get it.

    If people don't think they are at risk, everyone's entitled to their own opinion, please don't debate that in this thread.
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