UPDATE FROM THE EWA BOARD
The EWA Board meet on March 25th and has put in place a process to enable all Members, Clubs and Event organiser as much certainty as possible in regard to the holding of EA events in WA.
The EWA Chairperson and CEO will assess the current situation and advice received on the first day of each month, a decision will then be made as to the possible resumption of EA Events or the continued postponement of events for the following months Events. Currently all EA Events up to April 24th are postponed or cancelled with exception of ODE’s that are postponed or cancelled until the end of May.
On April 1st a decision will be made if all EA events will be postponed or cancelled until the end of May. If at any time during the postponement or cancellation period the situation changes we can review and restart all events. EWA is constantly monitoring the situation and it is our goal to have events held as quickly and safely possible.
FEI TO CREATE TASK FORCES TO DEAL WITH IMPACT OF COVID-19
The FEI is to create a series of discipline-specific task forces to evaluate the impact on the FEI Calendar of the Covid-19 pandemic, which has resulted in multiple Event cancellations and the postponement of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games until 2021.
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AOC WELCOMES POSTPONED TOKYO OLYMPIC GAMES
The Australian Olympic Committee (AOC) has welcomed the decision by the International Olympic Committee (IOC), the Japanese Government and the Tokyo Olympic Games Organising Committee (TOCOG) to postpone the Tokyo Olympic Games until next year.
The AOC recognises that the Games’ organisers have an enormous task ahead of them to move the Tokyo Olympics to next year but have no doubt that Japan will put on a great Olympic Games.
AOC CEO Matt Carroll says it’s a challenging moment in history during tragic times globally, but athletes and sports now have absolute clarity that enables them to focus on a Games in 2021.
“The IOC has received fresh advice from the World Health Organisation. The pandemic is accelerating, and this decision recognises that.
“As President Bach has noted, “Human lives take precedence over everything, including the staging of the Games.”
“The Games have never been postponed previously. But I have no doubt that when the world moves past these very difficult times, the Tokyo Olympic Games will provide an opportunity for the world to reconnect in a spirit of unity and hope. Japan is up to the task and they will do a great job.
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EQUESTRIAN WESTERN AUSTRALIA COVID-19 UPDATE: COACHING
Equestrian Western Australia takes the safety and well-being of our members and community very seriously. As we continue to monitor the events surrounding the new Coronavirus (COVID-19), we also endeavour to provide members with regular updates about the conduct of equestrian pursuits during this unprecedented time.
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TEMPORARY CLOSURE OF THE STATE EQUESTRIAN CENTRE
Equestrian WA sincerely apologizes for the closure of the State Equestrian Centre for ALL riding including the 'Park and Ride', access through the bridle trail and ALL arena bookings.
With the current COVID-19 pandemic, we like everyone in Australia are required to make massive changes in our business and lives. We would have liked to allow riding to continue at the SEC, unfortunately due to the safety consideration for you and your horse, we are not able to.
Reductions to staff hours will also mean that we will no longer be able to maintain the riding areas, e.g. mowing, removing fallen timber and perform our daily safety inspections. In general, this would mean that we can no longer provide the duty of care required to allow riding to continue. This was a tough decision made as we understand the immense pleasure that so many get from riding at the SEC. We are also certain that you acknowledge that you and your horse's safety is essential in these uncertain times.
We wish all of you and your family good health. Take care, and we'll see you all soon!
N.B. Should you wish to access the other trails that do not require access from the SEC grounds, we suggest parking at Bells Rapids. For more information about trails around the centre, visit https://trailswa.com.au/trails/brigadoon-trails
CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) AND EQUESTRIAN WA OFFICE
Effective Monday, March 23, 2020, and as part of our efforts to protect the health of our staff, the Equestrian WA office will be shut, and all team will be working from home until further notice.
Please note that unless a staff member is on leave, all e-mails will be responded during regular business hours as the office will be operating remotely. Also, note that one staff member will also work from the office on their rostered days to answer any incoming phone calls.
We will review the situation and working arrangements as circumstances change. At this time, we aren’t aware of any staff or immediate family members who have been infected with COVID-19.
Our IT systems are robust, and we are confident that connectivity will be maintained.
We will ensure that this arrangement will not disrupt our business operation.
EWA understands the possible financial impact the current COVID-19 pandemic will place on our Members, Clubs and EWA itself. While no events are currently being held the insurance that is included in the membership remains current and all levies from memberships has been paid to EA. At this time EWA is in regular discussion with the Department of Local Government , Sport and Cultural Industries regarding the impact of this rapidly changing scene and they are acutely aware of how this is impacting our sport. Under the current circumstances EWA are unable to provide any refunds on membership fees already paid for 2020.