COVID-19 Economics Challenge the Horse Industry
In January, the United States reported its first cases of the virus. By March, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared COVID-19 a pandemic, and as of March 30, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have reported more than 140,000 cases and 2,405 deaths connected to coronavirus in the U.S.
In response, equine industry organizations such as the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) and Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI) have either canceled or postponed long-scheduled events, including the FEI World Cup Finals slated for April in Las Vegas. USEF has also suspended all events, selection trials, training camps, clinics, and activities for 30 days through April 14.
Since then, nonaffiliated local horse shows have followed suit, taking a bite out of income event officials expected to derive from those events
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