According to the latest information provided by our Premier the following changes to the COVID-19 restrictions will be implemented from 22 June:
From 11:59pm on 21 June, full-contact training and competitions may resume for people 18 years and under. Non-contact sporting competitions for all age groups can also begin from 11:59pm on 21 June. Adults can resume full-contact training from 13 July and full-contact competition from 20 July.
Gathering limits will not apply to participants and those reasonably necessary to conduct the training or competition (e.g. umpires, coaches).
It is possible that these restrictions may change if the new case numbers continue to increase but the VERA SMC have decided that we'll give it a go and start to organise some rides. Watch this space as we confirm with Ride Organisers that they will be running their rides. It will be great to see you all again.
The VERA SMC would like to advise of a rule clarification handed down from AERA following their meeting yesterday. This clarification is in regard to horses wearing hoods into the vet ring. AERA has determined that hoods will not be permitted to be worn in the vet ring. Could all riders competing in any endurance, intermediate or introductory rides please take note of this clarification to ensure compliance in the future?
Thank you for your cooperation with this matter.
The following announcement is made on behalf of the Brimpaen Organising Committee.
In light of the current COVID-19 situation affecting us all, it is with regret and great disappointment that after an emergency meeting this evening the Ride Organisers of the Brimpaen Endurance Ride after lengthy discussions with all parties involved, the Brimpaen Recreational Hall Committee, Horsham Shire Council, our catering team and also in line with other Equine events the decision has been made to postpone our ride with a new date hopefully being set for later in the year.
The VERA SMC fully supports the decision of the organising committee in this matter.
The VERA SMC has held its emergency meeting (using digital tools to avoid face to face interactions and unnecessary travel) and voted unanimously to suspend all endurance activities until further notice as a result of the Government's advice that they will be banning all non-essential activities.
The SMC will continue to monitor the situation closely and will, when Government restrictions are lifted, review this decision and re-start the endurance season as soon as possible.
After in depth consultation with all organisers concerned, we are saddened to have to cancel the ride planned for the last weekend in May. Mount Cole Endurance Inc. prides itself on not only a quality ride, but an enjoyable social gathering as well. Due to the current the health warnings and restrictions, along with the challenge of supplying hygiene necessities for all, we sadly feel we cannot meet this goal. Please watch for a bigger and better ride in 2020. Apologies for any inconvenience.