Coronavirus cases force cancellation of three upcoming horse shows

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) –  After weighing the impact of multiple positive COVID-19 cases following the Kentucky Summer Classic and the cancellation notice of USHJA’s upcoming championships, Kentucky Horse Shows LLC and U.S. Equestrian have decided to cancel Bluegrass Festival (Aug. 11-16), KHJA (Aug. 19-23), and USEF Junior Hunter National Championship – East Coast (Aug. 23-24) scheduled to take place at the Kentucky Horse Park.

Organizers of the Summer Classic which was ended early Saturday because of cases have been notified of three additional people who have tested positive for COVID-19 after attending the Kentucky Summer Classic for a total of seven reported cases.

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The majority of reported cases are associated with one barn and none of the individuals have returned to the facility.

“This is a decision not taken lightly and we are mindful of the negative effect this will have on exhibitors’ plans and schedules, but feel this is the only way to ensure a safe outcome for all. No fees of any kind have been charged to anyone who has entered the shows. Exhibitors do not need to take any action with regard to the show office and all entries will be canceled. We hope that moving forward our exhibitors and members will place their safety and the safety of others above all else during these trying circumstances,” the organizers said in a statement.