Update from EI Board

1 May 2020

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Author: Alison Packman/Friday 1 May 2020/Categories: General News, Covid-19 Information

Dear Members

We appreciate and thank you your patience as we have been continuing to engage on your behalf.

We remain cognisant that the restrictions are a matter of public health, and we all have our part to play in the ongoing containment Covid-19.

As you know the lockdown has continued and the Government are setting out a plan as to how they see relaxations in restrictions being gradually reduced.

In order to be ready to resume we have developed protocols for our sport should the Government decide to ease restrictions.  These protocols were considered by the Board of Eventing Ireland, and submitted to Horse Sport Ireland as part of their representations on behalf of the sector.  The protocols are attached below for your information (please remember you must be logged in to view).

We must recognise that Covid-19 and self-distancing may be with us for some time, and these will continue to impact our day to day lives and our interactions. It will also impact on how our sport is run and how we will interact with each other should events be allowed to resume in the future.

It will impact particularly on our event organisers, who may be faced with lower entries and higher costs with regard to facilitating new public health measures. It will possibly impact on our volunteers and stewards who may not wish or may not be allowed to attend events as a result of public health issues. 

There will be possibly a restriction on non-riding attendees, numbers of horses but importantly there will be a need for an additional cohort of volunteers to step forward and we envisage members will have an important role to play in assisting this.

Should we be allowed resume, and this will depend on Government Guidelines, we would initially look at Training events. Further details will be advised once we know the situation, and we will work towards a resumption of full events depending on what restrictions may apply around numbers of participants, and guidelines on gatherings.

We envisage these initial training events would run for about four weeks to facilitate the welfare of horses, and to allow them an opportunity to get fit for national competition.

Please be advised that Head office is now reduced to one member of staff.  If you have any queries, please contact Alison@eventingireland.com directly.

Again we would like to thank our frontline health staff who on a daily basis, are dealing with the COVID-19 virus, on all our behalves and would encourage you to support them where possible.

Our thoughts are particularly with those families who have lost relations or friends to this virus.

 

On behalf of the Eventing Ireland Board

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