We are optimistic about our plans to hold the Oregon High Desert Classics this July. Over the years, we have created a large event around a hunter jumper competition. The Classics will look a lot different this year as we respond to COVID-19. In order to allow space for proper social distancing, we will not be able to have spectators on the property or be serving any sit-down meals.
The events we have built up around this competition have become a tradition for many people: Family and friends of competitors, sponsors and donors to J Bar J Youth Services and our many programs, and the community as a whole attend each summer. Because spectators will not be able to attend in person, we will be doing our best to share a virtual Oregon High Desert Classics experience. More popular competition classes will be live streamed and we will increase, as much as possible, sharing of photos and video on social media.
We will miss the crowds of people who have attended in the past, and look forward to a post-COVID world where we can re-open the event to them. As the date approaches, we will follow up with information about our plans for a safe competition for our riders and trainers.
We appreciate the support of our sponsors and vendors, the Central Oregon community, and everyone who participates in the OHDC. Thank you for helping us carry on those parts of our tradition which we can, and for your patience and understanding about those events we need to forgo this year.