Trail’s Open: Endurance Riders Hit the Trail After COVID-19 Lockdown
With the entire horse sport industry, including endurance riding, shutting down for months due to the COVID-19 pandemic, City of Rocks in south central Idaho became one of the first three rides allowed to proceed with American Endurance Ride Conference (AERC)-approved safety regulations.
Ride manager Regina Rose and riders had to adopt and adapt to new protocols. As a longtime ride management assistant and a rider, I got to experience both aspects of the reemergence of endurance after the COVID-19 lockdown.
This ride was a sort of test pilot for developing the new conventions during coronavirus: mandatory online preregistration, social distancing in camp and vet checks, masks worn in vet checks, only one handler per horse in vet checks, no ride meetings, no communal meals, no awards ceremonies
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