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Showing in the era of COVID-19

Dear GSEC Community,

I know I can speak for the entire horse show community when I say how happy we are to be back showing again. I would like to send out some information about what you can expect while showing at this time.

Upon entering the property you will be asked to sign an Assumption of Risk and Waiver of Liability relating to COVID-19. This must be signed by everyone entering the property, there will be no exceptions. Minors must have the signature of a guardian.

Additionally, everyone on site affirms that they do not have an elevated temperature (in excess of 99.5 degrees Fahrenheit), COVID-19 symptoms and have not had contact with individuals who are known or suspected to have COVID-19 within the past 14 days.

*Exception: Healthcare personnel who have treated patients using appropriate medical grade PPE during the course of performing professional duties are exempted from this restriction.

Social Distancing will be required at all times. Even if you are with family or barn mates we ask that you spread out — we have no easy way of knowing who is from the same household and/or barn.

Please do not set up seating in the barn aisles or walkways and no congregating in the stabling areas. To the greatest extent possible when you are done showing please leave the property to limit the number of people on site.

No food or drinks intended be shared among groups of people is to be set up anywhere on the premises.

Only essential show personnel are allowed on the grounds: exhibitors, trainers, grooms, veterinarians, farrier, show staff are examples of essential personnel. At this time we ask that siblings, grandparents, friends, relatives etc. do not come to the show so that we have as few people on site as possible. Only one parent/guardian may accompany any minors who are showing.

We do have a few vendors on site to service our competitors but they may not invite outside people who are considered non-essential to come and shop.

Masks or face coverings are required at all times in all areas of the facility including the barns. The only exception is if you are mounted. This is not optional, please do not come to the show and argue about this rule — if you cannot/will not wear a mask please stay home until the times change — we will be happy to see you in the future. We realize that this is new so everyone will be given one warning — the second time you are seen without a mask you will be asked to leave the property for the duration of the show or possibly longer with no refunds of your show fees. We will not be as lenient as in the past.

All of us at GSEC thank you in advance for your cooperation. We need to operate at the highest possible standard so that our sport is seen as responsible by the government entities that dictate whether or not we can continue to have horse shows.

Of course if you have questions please feel free to contact me.

Amy Uniss-Coleman
General Manager
Great Southwest Equestrian Center

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May & June Horse Shows Updates

Check the event pages for each show to get the latest info on rescheduled dates, cancellations, new guidelines and/or other important details.

We strongly encourage you check the below websites and social platforms for the most up to date announcements on their respective events.

National Reining Breeders Classic: Cancelled in Texas
Will take place in Tulsa, OK for 2020
For additional NRBC info: or 580-759-3939

Texas American Saddle Horse Assoc: Cancelled
For additional TASHA info:

Greater Houston Miniature Horse Club Galaxy Show: Cancelled
For additional GHMHC info:

Houston Dressage Society Summer Shows I & II: June 6 – 7
For additional HDS info:

Greater Houston Miniature Horse Club Summer Celebration Show: June 12 – 14
For additional GHMHC info:

GHHJA / GSEC Summer Blowout Show: June 20 – 21



75th Pin Oak cancelled due to COVID-19

March 13, 2020
The Pin Oak Charity Horse Show
For Immediate Release


The 75th Pin Oak Charity Horse Show scheduled to begin March 18, 2020 has been cancelled.

A determination will be made if Pin Oak will be scheduled at a later date.

As a result of ongoing community efforts to halt the spread of COVID-19 and a recommendation by the United States Equestrian Federation that all USEF licensed competitions be suspended through April 15, 2020, The Pin Oak Charity Horse Show scheduled for March 18 through April 5, 2020 has been cancelled.  We will continue to monitor impact of containment efforts and determine if the show can be rescheduled for a later date.  We have great respect for the Pin Oak tradition and the resiliency of the equine community, but we echo the sentiments of USEF that the health, safety and well-being of our Pin Oak supporters and that of their horses is paramount.

More details will follow as available on sponsorships and other matters related to cancellation of the show.  We want to thank everyone involved with Pin Oak and appreciate your understanding. 

If you have questions please email:

  • Amy Uniss Coleman, General Manager, Great Southwest Equestrian Center (
  • Valerie Garza, Operations Manager, Great Southwest Equestrian Center (
  • Lauryn Sanford, Director of Sponsorship, Pin Oak Charity Horse Show (


Excerpts from USEF notice

March 13, 2020

Dear USEF Competition Organizers (Licensees and Managers),

The health, safety and well-being of our members and that of their horses is paramount to USEF. We are continuing to closely monitor communications on the COVID-19 Pandemic from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the World Health Organization (WHO), the U.S. Department of State, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee (USOPC) and the Fédération Équestre Internationale (FEI).

Effective Monday, March 16, 2020, all USEF owned events, selection trials, training camps, clinics, and activities will be suspended for the next 30 days. Additionally, USEF strongly recommends that competition organizers suspend all USEF licensed competitions across the country for the next 30 days. For those competitions that do run, there will be no accumulation of points, scores, money won, qualifications, or rankings toward any USEF awards programs, USEF owned event, or selection to a US team during this 30-day time period. This includes USEF National Championships.