Equestrian Canada (EC) would like to share the following updates from the fifth week of responding to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.Please note that moving forward, the weekly COVID-19 wrap-up will be exclusively available through EC’s website, Facebook and Twitter channels.EC’s key actions this week:Met with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) to review legislation limitations and current program/funding barriers that restrict equine commercial farm businesses from accessing current and future assistance, as well as to review the short- and long-term effects of COVID-19 on the equine and equestrian sectors. In response, AAFC is creating an COVID-19 working group specific to the equine sector to determine the appropriate relief strategies and resources.Met with Sport Canada to share a report outlining the close relationship with AAFC and the critical support needed for sport activities, equestrian facilities, competition organizers and Provincial/Territorial Sport Organizations (PTSOs).Met with FEI Group IV (Antigua and Barbuda; Bahamas; Barbados; Bermuda; Canada; Cayman Islands; Haiti; U.S. Virgin Islands; Jamaica; Trinidad and Tobago; United States of America) to share experiences and solution strategies.Shared additional resources for fitness and education activities, mental health and Coach training via the EC Insider.EC is making every effort to ensure continuous, thorough and up-to-date communication concerning the COVID-19 pandemic. EC’s complete statement on COVID-19, including regular updates, can be found on our website here. For the running list of cancelled/postponed clinics and events, click here. Tags: Equestrian Canada, COVID-19, Horse Sport Enews Subscribe to the Horse Sport newsletter and get an exclusive bonus digital edition! Email* We’ll send you our regular newsletter and include you in our monthly giveaways. PLUS, you’ll receive our exclusive Rider Fitness digital edition with 15 exercises for more effective riding. SIGN UP More from News:MARS Bromont CCI Announces Requirements For US-Based RidersThe first set of requirements to allow American athletes and support teams to enter Canada for the June 2-6 competition have been released.Canadian Eventer Jessica Phoenix Reaches the 100 CCI4*-S MarkPhoenix achieved the milestone while riding Pavarotti at the inaugural 2021 CCI4*-S at the Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event.Tribunal Satisfied That Kocher Made Prolonged Use of Electric SpursAs well as horse abuse, the US rider is found to have brought the sport into disrepute and committed criminal acts under Swiss law.Washington International Horse Show Returns to TryonTIEC will again provide the venue for the WIHS Oct. 26-31 with a full schedule of hunter, jumper and equitation classes.