In the longest spanning COVID-19 related cancellation yet, the World Equestrian Center (WEC) in Ohio is shuttering its doors to competition September 1, 2020 through March 31, 2021.

Located in Wilmington, the facility is designed to be a completely enclosed showing experience with 200,000 plus square feet of climate-controlled indoor arenas connected to stabling areas with covered walkways. That feature is precisely the concern.

Reads the release:

“Experts predict that a second wave of the coronavirus is likely later this year. Given those predictions and after discussions with our state and local health officials, we have elected to close World Equestrian Center – Ohio from September 1, 2020 through March 31, 2021. Due to the facility’s enclosed environment, we believe this is the right thing to do for the safety of our staff and exhibitors.”

In lieu of the fall and winter circuit in Ohio, WEC announced that the WEC Premier Cup Championships, featuring the Premier Equitation Cup and two WEC Hunter Classic Premier Cup Classes with a new car awarded in each, will be moved to the much anticipated WEC Ocala location, slated to open January 5, 2021 with a 12-week show series. A new $100,000 trainer bonus has also been added to the Premier Equitation Cup.

“Making this decision now will allow those trainers and exhibitors who planned to attend our World Equestrian Center – Ohio fall and winter shows to adjust their schedules and attend to the details that accompany horse show travel.”

The World Equestrian Center Ohio plans to reopen on April 1, 2021.