(March 7, 2021) – Over the past year, the IEA COVID Task Force has met regularly (sometimes weekly) to consistently monitor the COVID-19 situation, to discuss with our partner organizations their procedures and safety measures, and to adapt accordingly while keeping the safety of our members and spectators as our primary goal. We are very proud of all the efforts this season by our members, parents and show officials to follow the safety guidelines and mandates we initiated.
We understand it is not a perfect system and we know everyone is tired of the pandemic. As more vaccines are distributed, more and more states are opening up and dropping regulations like mask wearing. We are watching closely and discussing these changes regularly as an organization. One recent change is defining a fever or “too-high temperature” as 100.4 degrees (rather than the previously stated 99.5 degrees) according to the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and US Equestrian (USEF). National/State/Local Government and/or Health Department rules may differ from these IEA Guidelines/Rules. In ALL cases, the more restrictive regulations, recommendations, guidelines and requirements will prevail. Please review appropriate information before holding/attending an IEA Event.
While it is our hope that as a nation we will be “getting back to normal” soon, IEA is still following the practices of mask wearing, social distancing, not gathering in large groups, and showing outside whenever possible at our regular season and post-season shows. With over 850+ shows so far this season, we have been blessed with relatively few issues of COVID cases or cancellations and we definitely want to keep striving for that direction by continuing to be vigilant about safety at all our events. Thank you.
The IEA acknowledges that there are multiple sources of COVID-19 information. The list below represents a few recommended sources related specifically to equine events in relation to COVID-19 protocol, as well as information related to each state’s current COVID-19 status and restrictions.
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The video above was presented as a live webinar on Tuesday, August 4, 2020 by the following IEA Representatives: Roxane Durant, Executive Director and Co-Founder; Sue Wentzel, IEA National Steward; Katie Schaaf, IEA Board President; Kathryn Quinlan, Membership Office Manager; and administrated by Jennifer Eaton, Membership Marketing Coordinator.
Additional IEA Covid Task Force Members include: Myron Leff, Founding Member and Chief Operating Officer; Kimber Whanger, Communications Director; Simon Towns, IEA Zone Captain and Zone 4 Administrator; Emily David, Zone 11 and Dressage Administrator; Tammy Braham, Western Zone Administrator; and Megan Taylor, Sales & Sponsorships.