I haven't been to a live show in more than a year, and I miss it so much.
Online photo shows have helped fill in the gaps, at least as far as competition goes.
Still, there's so much more to live showing than model horses and ribbons.I miss traveling to shows - the long and short drives, through beautiful mountains and endless cornfields. I miss airplanes and hotels.I miss big group pre and post-show restaurant meals, where everyone is squashed together because we've added too many extra chairs to the table.
I miss the bonus events that come with destination shows - the shopping, hiking, riding, museums, barn tours... all of it!
More than anything, I miss my friends and fellow hobbyists. Truly, I can not wait until we can safely get back to live showing.
But let me tell you: We're not there yet.
We're getting there.
I am cautiously optimistic that fall shows could be a thing.But right now, it's still not safe. Unfortunately, shows have started happening again. This weekend there was a big two day show in Florida, and despite a lengthy Covid protocol on the website, photos posted publically on Facebook revealed few masks and little to no social distancing. This isn't surprising. As my friend, Sarah Townsend, says: There’s no way a model horse show will ever be safe. Not really. They’re too long and require too much movement back and forth. People are going to stick their pen in their mouth and pull tags out of pockets. They’re going to forget rules and eat while walking. Someone will start crying and someone else will hug them. They’re going to bend over to load a performance entry and bump butts with the person behind them. It's just impossible.
I want to show as much as anyone, but unless and until the CDC says that kind of gathering is safe, and show holders require all entrants to be vaccinated, I will be staying home. For all of our sakes, I hope you will consider doing the same.