The State of Texas is Reopening

On May 18, 2020, Texas Governor Abbott expanded phase 2 of his reopening plan post Covid-19 shutdowns. Categories of authorized and unauthorized services in Executive Order GA-18 include the following:

“This executive order does not prohibit people from accessing essential or reopened services or engaging in essential daily activities, such as going to the grocery store or gas station, providing or obtaining other essential or reopened services, visiting parks, hunting or fishing, or engaging in physical activity like jogging, bicycling, or other outdoor sports, so long as the necessary precautions are maintained to reduce the transmission of COVID-19 and to minimize in-person contact with people who are not in the same household.”

Additional services that were permitted to reopen on May 22, subject to a 25% occupancy limit, included, among other events – Rodeo and Equestrian events. 

Dog Shows And Covid

Many shows nationwide have cancelled since the beginning of the Covid outbreak. State shutdown orders prohibited gatherings, and health concerns prevailed.  But as time has gone on, the world is starting to slowly test the waters of coming back after Covid, and dog shows are no exception.

The Peach Blossom Cluster (known as Perry) then the Crossroads of Georgia Cluster (known as Little Perry), traditionally held in April of each year, have been rescheduled. The renewal of the dog world is happening in the next few weeks when Perry and Little Perry shows run back-to-back, begining on June 11 and going through June 21 at the Georgia National Fairgrounds.

In Texas, dog sports were not mentioned specifically in the Governor’s Phase 2 Reopening plan. And while many Texas dog shows have been cancelled, there are some still on calendars and going forward, including the River City Cluster in San Antonio scheduled for the first week in July.

Any Show Examples Out There?

Have there been other shows since Covid-19 shutdowns and reopenings? As states reopen, the answer is yes.  Over the recent Memorial Day weekend well attended horse shows have been successfully held.

All had differences, of course, but the shows went on. There was the Oklahoma Paint Horse Club “Welcome Back to the World” show, the Memorial Day Mane Event in Georgia and the Keep Your Distance Show in Arkansas. There is an excellent write up in the Equine Chronicle of how the Oklahoma show went & what Covid induced changes were implimented to make the show a safe experience. Do check the photos of the show – they’re worth a look.

And What About The Specialty?

We’re still planning for the future. Will there be changes from past specialties? Yes, there will be. Do we know exactly what those changes are yet? No, we don’t.

As states reopen, what we know now may be different in a few weeks, or in a few months. The best we can do is keep track of what’s going on and move forward. We appreciate your patientence and will post all the information you need to plan your week in Texas. Keeping everyone up to date is the goal and our updates are located on our home page. Always check the latest to learn what’s new.

During this time, we hope you and your families are safe. We want to see everyone smiling in October!

 

 


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Looking forward to welcoming everyone to Mesquite, TX for the 2020 National Specialty. See you soon!