A Horseman’s Guide to COVID-19

A silhouette of a cowboy at King Ranch

Keep up to date on horse events, sales and other happenings that have been affected by coronavirus disease.

The horse industry has taken a hard hit by the widespread effects of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). From the cancellations of world championships to horse sales going virtual, individuals and companies large and small are adapting to these uncertain times.

Western Horseman has compiled a list of resources horse owners and enthusiasts can use to stay up to date on horse-related developments. This resource will be updated as often as possible, so stay tuned. Don’t see an event? Please email [email protected].

Now is the time to lend a helping hand to others (but from a safe distance!). Fortunately folks in the horse industry are generous, compassionate and know a thing or two about beating the odds. We’re in this together, and Western Horseman wants to help see it through.

Western Cultural Events

Art Online

A number of Western art shows and sales have been canceled, but works are still available via websites.

Several Western art sales are being affected by COVID-19.

Art Sales & COVID 19

Find a list of of Western art events to stay updated on dates and how to purchase art.

Western Museums & Galleries Begin to Reopen

Western museums and art galleries are slowly reopening their doors to the public as states begin to lift shut-down restrictions.

George Phippen painting The Crack of Dawn
The Crack of Dawn, by George Phippen. Image courtesy of the Phippen Museum

Virtual Horse Events

A New Way to Show

A local ranch horse “isolation show” combines an out-of-the-box approach that keeps exhibitors safe.

Virtual Horse Events

Find a cyber horse event, such as a clinic or horse show, to continue working with your horse during shelter-at-home ordinances.

Virtual riding lessons are a great way to improve horsemanship.

Riding At Home Challenge

Stock Horse of Texas and Carter Ranch Horse offer the Plan 4 Progress Challenge for riders at home with their horses during COVID-19 social distancing.

Horse Sales

Horse Sales & COVID-19

Western Horseman has rounded up a list of horse sales folks in the industry may be wondering about considering the recent coronavirus updates.

Steve Friskup auctioneers during the Invitational Ranch Horse Sale. With 69 consignments, the sale averaged $5,832.

WYO Quarter Horse Sale Sees High Numbers

The spring horse sale in Wyoming brought big bucks in spite of the coronavirus.

Horsemen at Home

Jonathan Field’s Favorite Horsemanship Books

Horseman Jonathan Field shares what he’s reading when he’s not horseback.

Johnathan Field

Mike Kevil’s Tip to Soften a Horse’s Mouth

Kevil shares how riders should use their hands to avoid making a tough-mouthed horse.


Al Dunning Keeps Horses and Tack in Tip-Top Shape

Horseman Al Dunning spends time grooming his horses and deep cleaning tack.

Al Dunning trains out of Arizona on his Almost Ranch.

Mike Major Teaches a Horse to Lead

Mike Major uses a rope to teach a horse to give to pressure and lead with a halter.

Mike Major

Click here for more Horsemen at Home videos.

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Press Releases & Updates

2020 AQHA Ford Youth World Show Schedule

AQHA Trail and VRH Ranch Trail Modifications Due to COVID-19

NRCHA Premiere Event Update and More

2020 NRCHA Derby Relocated

ApHC Board Votes to Cancel Shows; Extends Youth Eligibility for 1 Year

AQHA Cancels VRH World, RHC Finals, Cattle Level 1 and NRSHA National Championships

NRCHA-Sanctioned Shows Update

The 99th Greeley Stampede Postponed

Calgary Stampede 2020 Cancelled

Plan Ahead for Equine Feed Needs, But Not Too Far Ahead

Historical ApHC Chief Joseph Trail Ride Cancelled

Important Decisions Made in Light of Pandemic at ApHC Board of Directors Meeting

Rooftop Rodeo Postponed Until 2021

Interscholastic Equestrian Association (IEA) Cancels Remaining Competitions

Prix de West Invitational Art Exhibition & Sale set for September Sale at National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum

Western Heritage Classic 2020 Cancelled

Bishop Mule Days Postponed Until 2021

Road to the Horse Rescheduled for June 18–21

AQHA Waives 2020 World Show Qualification

NRCHA-Sanctioned Shows Update

NRCHA Stallion Stakes Postponed Until Further Notice

NRHA COVID-19 Show Cancellations

NCHA’s Weekly COVID-19 Update

An Update from APHA Regarding COVID-19

Stock Horse of Texas Schedule Changes

PRCA COVID-19 News Updates

2020 NBHA Shamrock Showdown Super Show to be Postponed

Montana Center for Horsemanship Goes to Online Education Format During the Coronavirus Crisis

Team Roping Weekly Update: Covid-19: Cinch USTRC National Finals Rescheduled to September

Kentucky Equine Facility COVID-19 Guidelines

Equine Disease Communication Center Launches Online Equine Coronavirus and COVID-19 Resources 

ApHC Takes Action to Protect Exhibitors from COVID-19 Outbreak

AHC Develops COVID-19 Resource Center

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