Greetings Summer Sliders!
As Summer Slide is less than two weeks away, we have gotten a much clearer picture of what the show will look like this year and we wanted to share that information with all you. While COVID has created many challenges, we have worked to minimize the direct impact on exhibitors as much as we can. Below are some of the impacts you will see this year:
-Face coverings will be required in accordance with the City and County of Denver’s mask order for anyone on the grounds that is not on horseback. If you are alone at your stalls and maintaining social distancing, it may be excusable to not wear a mask at that moment (like cleaning stalls).
-Temperature checks will be required every time you enter the grounds. This will be achieved via a single point of entry on the west side of the stall barn. We will distribute maps as soon as we have them.
-Attendees will be required to sign a waiver acknowledging the possible risk of exposure to coronavirus. You will be given a wrist band once you sign the waiver that will allow you to not sign additional waivers each day. If you do not have the wristband on, you will simply need to sign a new waiver.
-The facility will open for arrivals at 8:00 AM on Thursday, July 16th. Arrivals prior to that time will not be able to access the facility so please do not arrive early. You will be required to wait until 8:00 to access the facility. We must vacate the facility by 12:00 PM (Noon) on Monday, July 27th so if you need to hold-over Sunday night, that can be arranged. Please let show staff know.
-There will be absolutely no parking to the west of the stall barn this year other than loading and unloading. And this means, after move-in day, time will be restricted to a few minutes. This will be enforced as it is mandatory that we comply with this in order to effectively control access as required by the waivers.
-Unfortunately, there will be no exhibitor parties or draw parties this year. We are exploring options for a virtual draw party and virtual auction for the Calcutta, but as of now, I don’t believe we will be able to safely host any exhibitor events this year. These events WILL be back in 2021!
-Seating in the arena will be limited to certain sections and certain identified rows to maintain distancing. Areas and rows will be marked off that are not available for seating. The show is not “open to the public” for attendance. This is one of the key pieces that allowed the show to approved. This means attendance will be limited to friends and family of exhibitors.
-People in the office will be limited at any one time and entry and exit from the show office and awards office will be through an ‘entry’ door and an ‘exit’ door so as to maintain one direction of traffic flow. Signs will be posted so this will be clear.
-Please do not congregate in groups, especially with people who are not part of your ‘barn family’ while at the show. Groups need to be restricted in size and distancing appropriately. This will include gathering at the end-gate of the arena and in the alleyway between the paddock and arena.
I know that these requirements and changes may seem troubling or hindering. And while I understand the frustrations, I also understand that if we do not follow the guidelines, it is possible that the health department could issue a cease and desist order effectively terminating the show immediately and that would be devastating to the club and all of you at the show. So while we may not all love the guidelines, it is important that we follow them.
I want to thank all of you in advance for your cooperation and efforts to follow the guidelines put in place that will allow us to have this show. We sincerely appreciate everyone cooperating to make this event happen successfully and safely!