Colorado Hunter Jumper Association | Covid-19 | Show Manager


  1. All shows must be held in accordance with state and local county guidelines.
  2. All participants must sign a CHJA release specifically including infectious diseases.
  3. Show managers must provide in the prize list or an addendum, an outline of their Covid-19 Acton Plan.


  1. All entries and payments are electronic. No day of show entries.
  2. Check in can be done via trainer packets with all numbers pre-packaged in manila envelopes and left by the in gate. Scratches/adds can be done via text to secretary and sent via radio to gate. Larger shows may be wise to have an assistant to the gate person to handle this.
  3. Gate attendant should be provided with a plastic shield for in person communication (have seen several constructed out of a sheet of plexiglass and a 2'x4') or wear a mask.  The secretary can have a similar protective device however the show office should have very limited numbers, perhaps trainer only and most things can be done via text/call.
  4. Have a plan to limit numbers at the in gate, paper copies of the courses can be included in the "trainer packet" to help relieve congestion by the course board or photos can be sent via phones of the courses.
  5. Hand washing stations should be ubiquitous. Most Port-o-let companies carry these and there are many effective DIY options on YouTube.
  6. Port-o-lets should be plentiful in number, generously spaced and have a spray bottle of bleach solution or hand sanitizer at each one. Bleach bottles will also be stationed at every hose bib where multiple people will be touching the spigot.  Here is a guide to using bleach to combat Covid-19. Easy, cheap & effective.
  7. The requirement for food vendors and ringside water can be waived and should be noted in the prize list. Competitors can pack their own provisions.
  8. Entry numbers can be limited and shows can request an expansion of shows into 3 or 4 days so there are fewer people per day.
  9. Morning schooling can be limited to the first 2 divisions, no more than 6 horses in the ring at any given time. Mandatory schooling breaks as appropriate for the rest of the day. Consider scheduling as a "not to start before" status. Staggering arrivals and departures, may aid in keeping number concentrations low.
  10. Stabling: social distancing is most difficult here, may be a good idea to require masks and limit entry to riders and trainers/grooms only. This would mirror USEF.
  11. Flat classes can be conducted in heats.
  12. Spectators should be minimized as much as possible.
  13. An inspection should be performed by the steward prior to show start with a check list that must be signed by the steward and show host.
  14. All policies should be listed in the prize list and signs should be prominently displayed thoughout the facility.
  15. Create and post an emergency weather plan to minimize danger from both the weather, and Covid-19 based on the individual facility.
  16. Contact the Rules & Specs Chair (Carol O'Meara) regarding any rule waivers you need to help you run a safe show.
  17. Any show cancelled due to Covid-19 complications will retain seniority for next year.

Here is a link to the USEF Covid-19 Action Plan: https//

Highlights include:

  • Requirements for Competition Managers (pg.9)
  • Enforcement (pg. 10) covers Steward responsibilities and removal of offenders
  • Participant requirements (pg. 11) covers the requirements of face masks, waivers, and self-regulation
  • Recommendations: (pgs 13-14)