The 2020 Road To The Horse colt-starting competition has been canceled due to rules restricting large gatherings in the wake of COVID-19.

Officials with Road To The Horse said Monday it had become clear that the event, which was originally slated to be held in March, would not be able to be held for its rescheduled dates of June 18-21 in Lexington, Kentucky.

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They said the decision was made in accordance with CDC, federal, state and city guidelines currently in place, limiting crowd size to fewer than 50 people. Though it was a difficult decision to make, officials said they know it was in the best interests of the event’s fans, competitors, and crew.

“The Road to the Horse 2020 lineup was unforgettable and there’s no way this event isn’t going to happen. Every 2020 Championship competitor and Wild Card will be in Lexington at Road to the Horse 2021 and they’ll have their chance to compete for the title” Morris Equine Group Vice President Patty Tiberg said in a statement. “Our Back to the Ranch theme couldn’t be more fitting for Road to the Horse 2021. Perseverance, strength, and grit are what we’re made of and we can’t wait to welcome everyone to Road to the Horse 2021.”

The decision to cancel was made because the venue’s host state, Kentucky, remains in a state of emergency due to the evolving COVID-19 situation. On May 8, Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear unveiled a reopening schedule which will allow a variety of businesses to reopen but this plan does not yet include public events or gatherings of more than 50 people.

Officials will now focus on the 2021 edition of Road To The Horse, which will be held March 25-28 and be held in the Alltech Arena at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington. Road To The Horse 2021 will feature a selection of colts from the 6666 Ranch along with the same talented Championship competitors and Wild Cards: Championship competitors are Craig Cameron, Ken McNabb, and Wade Black; and the Wild Cards are Wylene Davis, Cole Cameron and Craig Moore.

Officials say ticket holders for this year’s event will receive full refunds, which will be done automatically and do not require action from the purchasers. Refunds could take 8-12 weeks to be processed. For questions, call the customer support team at 800-514-3849 or visit Road To The Horse Facebook page.

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