NCDCTA Response to Governor Cooper's Phase II Order
The North Carolina Dressage and Combined Training Association (NCDCTA), in accordance with United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) guidance is lifting the suspension of competition recognition on May 31, 2020. Beginning June 1, 2020 NCDCTA will again recognize competition results for those organizations and facilities who have sought our recognition in accordance with NCDCTA Horse of The Year (HOY) rules. Eligible events are listed online at https://www.ncdcta.org/calendar.
In the event USEF extends their suspension period, NCDCTA will once again follow suit.
To qualify for HOY points the rider and owner must be active members of NCDCTA and the horse must be registered with NCDCTA for the current competition year at the time points are earned. You can join/renew your membership at https://www.ncdcta.org/membership. Horses can be registered at https://www.ncdcta.org/horse-registration. Lists of active members and registered horses can be found online at https://www.ncdcta.org/. Questions about your current membership/horse registration status should be sent to the Membership Secretary at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Competition organizers/facilities are solely responsible for their competitions and should follow all available guidance to ensure the safety of themselves, those they invite onto their facilities, and horses. It is up to each organizer/facility to offer their own interpretation of Governor Cooper's Executive Order No. 141, Easing Restrictions on Travel, Business Operations, and Mass Gatherings: Phase 2, issued on May 20, 2020 (https://assets.documentcloud.org/documents/6896056/Cooper-executive-order.pdf). If, as a competition organizer/facility, you have any concern regarding effective compliance with the Governor's order, please cancel your competition.
The following links are provided as resources to competition organizer/facilities and competitors. NCDCTA especially recommends that all organizers/facilities pay particular attention to the recommendations provided by the United States Dressage Federation (USDF). "Best Practices: Considerations for dressage competitions" is a well thought out checklist of actions you can take to manage your competition as safely as possible (https://www.usdf.org/docs/announcements/BestPractices051920.pdf).
Above all, be safe. Practice social distancing. Wear a mask in public. Wash your hands frequently and use hand sanitizer when necessary. Follow the guidance of your local health professionals and do your part to prevent the spread of COVID-19 as we ease into the "new normal".
Governor Cooper's Phase 2 Executive Order - https://assets.documentcloud.org/documents/6896056/Cooper-executive-order.pdf
USDF Best Practices: Considerations for dressage competitions - https://www.usdf.org/docs/announcements/BestPractices051920.pdf
USEF Licensed Competitions COVID-19 Toolkit - https://www.usef.org/media/covid19-toolkit
USEA COVID-19 Resources - https://useventing.com/safety-education/safety/covid-19-resources
Centers for Disease Control - https://www.cdc.gov/
NCDCTA Response to COVID-19/Coronavirus
Update: April 25, 2020
Concurrent with USEF guidelines, the NCDCTA competition recognition blackout has been extended through May 31, 2020.
UPDATE: March 25, 2020
Following the lead of the USEF, NCDCTA will extend our competition-recognition blackout through May 3, 2020.
As the situation around COVID-19/Coronavirus rapidly develops, NCDCTA feels compelled to respond to our members and competition organizers and clearly lay out our stance regarding NCDCTA-recognized competitions.
First and foremost, be safe. Take necessary precautions to protect yourselves, friends and families by adhering to CDC guidelines. Wash your hands frequently and practice social distancing. You can find more information at: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/home/index.html.
NCDCTA will follow USEF guidelines related to competition recognition and participation. (https://www.usef.org/media/press-releases/letter-from-president-ceo-regarding-the)
1. Competition results will not be recognized for a period of 30 days beginning March 16, 2020. This applies to nationally-recognized and schooling competitions; dressage, eventing and western dressage. We recommend competition organizers suspend their competitions for the USEF-specified time period. If USEF extends their restrictions, NCDCTA will follow suit.
2. Individual results and out-of-state eventing results will also be unrecognized for the same amount of time.
3. NCDCTA will refund all competition recognition fees for competitions that fall within the USEF suspension time frame. We will also work with organizers to reschedule their competitions once competitions are authorized to resume.
We realize this puts a tremendous burden on organizers and competitors alike. If you have any questions about NCDCTA's response to this international situation, please contact Amanda Miller (NCDCTA President) at MillerEventing@hotmail.com or Will Barrus (NCDCTA Membership Secretary/Competition Recognition) at email@example.com.