We all wanted a horse show this year. So many events have been cancelled, and we all miss the connections and excitement of hundreds of horses, riders, and trainers coming together to compete and celebrate the sport. Unfortunately, the regulations surrounding COVID-19 stands in the way of these events, along with so many other joys we have all had to forego.
The Oregon High Desert Classics is J Bar J Youth Services largest annual fundraiser this. The cancellation of this event was a painful loss to this non-profit organization. They are now experiencing serious hurdles in helping youth overcome obstacles to self-sufficiency in Central Oregon. The opportunity gap is wider now, with issues such as homelessness, pregnancy, and adjudication. There are lack of mentors, victimization in human trafficking, and increased anxiety. J Bar J’s programs are varied and help hundreds of youth each year.
We at J Bar J Youth Services and Oregon High Desert Classics are creating an event to bring back some of those connections and that excitement, a No-Show Horse Show! A virtual event which will bring together exhibitors, trainers, and barns who are unable to compete in real life this year. Competitors can enter almost any event they want -the Grand Prix will be limited to riders at that level- including Gambler’s Choice and Ride, Drive, and Drink. Barns and riders will set up their own course at their own facilities, film their rounds, and post them on their social media tagging @OregonHighDesertClassics and using the hashtags #NoShowHorseShow and #EquestriansForYouth. We will enlist a judge to comment on the rounds, although medals will not be awarded and no USEF points will be given. There will be no entry fees, however donations will be appreciated and are 100% tax deductible. Those donating $100 or more to the No-Show Horse Show campaign will receive a No-Show Horse Show mini-poster, featuring artwork by Kimry Jelen, a NSHS Ribbon, as well as a bag of goodies.
Entries open July 1st, and the event will culminate on Saturday July 25th with the virtual Sheri Allis Memorial Grand Prix event at 2:00 PM. We will live stream the NSHS Grand Prix on social media, and the event will include several horses and riders who have graced our Grand Prix in the past, riding in their own courses. Details and rules are coming soon, and will be available here on our website. Download a flier for your barn here, our NSHS 2020 poster featuring the artwork of Kimry Jelen will be available soon.