New York State Horse Council ...NYSCH

Equine Industry Re-opening Update

Hello to all Horsepeople,

Yesterday, June 11, 2020, New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets (NYSDAM) issued updates to NYFORWARD Guidelines for Equine Activities:

“Viewing of horses for sale/breeding, conducting riding lessons, and any riding of horses may be done in an outdoor or indoor arena/area and by appointment only. There shall be no more than ten individuals in a group at any one time, including, but not limited to instructors, judges, owners, and customers/clients. All interactions must adhere to strict social distancing of six feet between individuals.”

Horse farms and horse events do need to comply with NY Forward Guidelines, read and affirm that they will follow guidelines, and develop and register a Business Safety Plan (info and websites in AGM COVID 19 guidelines below), so please follow website links to affirm, and to register a Business Safety Plan – YOU SHOULD DO THIS BEFORE OPERATING WITH NEW GUIDELINES.

If you are planning a horse show or event, you should contact your county Health Dept. for additional instructions.

Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) is holding a webinar for Equine Activities next Wednesday, June 17, 7 to 9:30 pm.  REGISTRATION REQUIRED.  Information is attached below.

The NYS Horse Council, NYS Farm Bureau. Cornell Cooperative Extension, and various individuals have all been working on getting horse farms and activities up and running again – Thank you to all who helped.

Please share this information (including Attachments below) with other equine enthusiasts and businesses.


Susan Knauer
Executive Vice President/Acting President

Steve Ropel
Past President and Treasurer

Sarah Collier
Recording Secretary

AGM_COVID19 Guidelines
NY-Forward-Safety-Webinar-Series Details

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