You might think that this is an outlier, that most people would know better than to attend a model horse show during a pandemic. Sadly, that is not the case. In the last three months, there have been numerous shows in numerous states, with more planned in Oregon, Illinois, Minnesota and Texas. I don't know how to stop it, but I do know this: These shows should not be NAMHSA (North American Model Horse Show Association) sanctioned.
My friend, Erin Corbett agrees. Earlier today, she wrote a proposal asking the NAMHSA board to stop sending NAN cards to shows. I hope everyone involved in the showing part of the model horse hobby will take the time to read this. If you agree - and you should - please reach out to your NAMHSA rep and ask her to support this motion.
A Proposal for the NAMHSA Board
by Erin Corbett
I would like to see the board formally consider putting an indefinite hiatus on awarding NAMHSA qualifying status. In a nationwide pandemic, gatherings are not safe, and continuing to approve shows gives tacit approval of gatherings by NAMHSA. One of the challenges we all face right now is how to tell when things are safe enough to resume normal activities, given the extreme disparities in how local municipalities are addressing the virus. Using the guidelines being followed by many healthcare organizations to determine resuming normal operations seems prudent. I propose NAMHSA begin approving shows again when the following criteria are met:
- When there are no states in the United States that ban gatherings of over 10 people AND,
- When there are no states in the United States that mandate wearing of masks outside one’s home AND,
- When there are no states in the United States with mandatory quarantine periods after travel to any other part of the United States
- When there is a vaccine available reliably nationwide
The above data points are available daily online, and I recommend the board evaluates them every thirty days to determine if it’s safe to resume the approval of shows.