2020 Great Lakes Equestrian Festival: Covid-19 Statement

2020. Events Statement from GLEF Andrew Ryback

Traverse City, Michigan – May 6, 2020 – US Equestrian, Equestrian Canada, and the Mexican Equestrian Federation, with support of the Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI), have announced the cancellation of the 2020 Adequan/FEI North American Youth Championships (NAYC) for Dressage and Jumping. The 2020 NAYC for Dressage and Jumping was scheduled to run from August 4-9 at the Great Lakes Equestrian Festival in Traverse City, Mich.

Although NAYC will not be running, the remainder of the 2020 Traverse City Horse Shows schedule is still intact. The Traverse City Spring Horse Show will take place June 11-28, pending approval, followed by the Great Lakes Equestrian Festival from July 1 – Aug. 9. The American Gold Cup is scheduled to happen Sept. 2-13, 2020, with the first week of Sept. 2-6 also doubling as the Silver Oak Jumper Tournament.

The agreement to cancel the 2020 NAYC was made due to ongoing uncertainty surrounding international travel as a result of the global COVID-19 pandemic, as well as the significant reduction of qualifying opportunities for both dressage and jumping athletes in Canada, Mexico, and the United States. The three national federations agreed that it is no longer feasible to host the championship this year, as horse and athlete combinations would not be able to properly prepare, qualify, or travel effectively for the event.

With the Traverse City Spring Horse Show set to begin in June, our team would like to provide an update on how we are proceeding given the current COVID-19 pandemic.

At this time, we are planning to reschedule the first week of the Traverse City Spring Horse Show to run in between the original last week of the Spring Horse Show and the first week of the Great Lakes Equestrian Festival (GLEF). The new dates will be June 11 – 28, pending US Equestrian and FEI approval. This new week will allow us to run straight through the end of GLEF, July 1 – August 9, with nine weeks of FEI 2*/3* and national level hunter, jumper and equitation competition.

The safety of our exhibitors, staff, spectators and local community will always be our greatest priority and we are also working closely with US Equestrian to create social distancing protocols and guidelines that will help keep all of us safe and healthy while we are at the show. We will have more details to share shortly.

Exhibitors are still encouraged to continue making their summer plans in Traverse City. Entries and stall reservations will remain open. Please visit our website to complete the forms to secure your place.

Please rest assured, no credit cards will be processed, and no checks deposited until we are certain we will be able to run as planned.

In the event that changes will be made, payment information collected will not be charged and any payments already made will be refunded.

Any and all updates will be communicated via email and social media, as well as listed on our website,

2020 Traverse City Horse Shows Schedule of Events
Traverse City Spring Horse Show – June 11-28, 2020 (pending approval)
Great Lakes Equestrian Festival – July 1-Aug. 9, 2020
American Gold Cup – Sept. 2-13, 2020
Silver Oak Jumper Tournament – Sept. 2-6, 2020
Where: Flintfields Horse Park
Ten miles east from the beautiful resort town of Traverse City.

Source: Press release (edited) by Elaine Wessel / Phelps Media Group for Great Lakes Equestrian Festival

Photo: © GLEF / Andrew Ryback Photography