2020 – THE YEAR WE ALL STAYED HOME
COVID 19 is still haunting New York – although we are currently in better shape than many other states.
On June 11 New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets (NYSDAM) re-opened horse barns and shows (with limitations), much to the relief of many. We are proud to point out that New York State Horse Council (NYSHC) was prompt in getting the word out to many people via email, our COVID web page, Facebook, and Word Press activities. Detailed info is available on NYSHC.org, under News/Events, NYSHC COVID-19 Information Center; also information about creating an emergency plan for horse care: NYSHC has completed a survey on COVID impact on horse businesses, reported in this newsletter. If anyone has had serious problems maintaining their horses, please let me know: Susan Knauer 585 230-3720 or Susan.Knauer@nyshc.org.
We regret to announce that our Annual General Membership meeting, planned for Oct. 24 at Houghton College, has been cancelled. The College needs to protect its students, and doesn’t want large groups. The NYSHC does need to have its members elect Officers and Directors, approve Treasurer’s report, and minutes for 2019 meeting at Brookfield – that will be done by mail and/or email, or a ZOOM conference.
The Madison County Fairgrounds, host to the NYSHC Fall Pleasure Ride on Columbus Day weekend (52 years!), has just notified us that it will be unable to hold the Ride this year, but hopes to do so next year.
It has been a frustrating year for everyone, but the NYSHC is proud to have served the horse community. As a state wide organization, recognized in Albany, we have been able to accomplish a lot. We hope to plan more activities for next year!