This afternoon, March 25, organizers of the Aiken Charity Horse Shows canceled their event due to the Covid-19 pandemic. After it was announced that the USEF extended its suspension of organized activities until May 3, organizers had no other choice. The horse shows were originally scheduled for April 29 – May 3 and May 6 – May 10.
The following is the text from a letter that was distributed to friends and supporters of the show:
It is with deep regret that we announce the canceling of this year’s Aiken Charity Horse Shows. We understand the enormous impact this decision has on not just the equestrian community, but also on our own local economy. Please know we did not make this decision lightly but truly believe that it is in the best interest of our exhibitors, sponsors, and staff.
We had originally planned to make a decision in a few more weeks but with today’s announcement by the USEF extending the suspension of all USEF licensed competitions through May 3rd, we have been given no choice but to decide today. We are in uncertain times and the duration of this unprecedented pandemic is unpredictable. The health and welfare of our loved ones, children, and elderly are at the forefront of our thoughts and ultimately helped us to make the decision to cancel our 2020 shows.
We appreciate your continued support and understanding, stay healthy, and we look forward to welcoming everyone back to Bruce’s Field before too long.