AERA has determined that there will be no AERA Annual Points and Distance awards presented for rides done in 2020. This is due to the exceptional circumstances of COVID-19 restrictions that have meant, at best, an interrupted calendar of events for some Divisional Associations (DAs) and, at worst, virtually no rides for others.
The AERA Lifetime Distance Awards for riders and horses will still be presented at TQ21 in Collie WA. Further information will be provided about the timeframe for applications closer to the date.
In what has been a challenging year for us all, it is good to see that some members have had the opportunity to attend rides and to note that some DAs are working towards holding their State Championships. There have been different conversations about how each DA will manage the end of year celebrations and acknowledgement of achievement.
AERA encourages the posting of photographs and posts about 2020 Endurance in Australia, demonstrating that the sport is alive. This doesn’t just have to be about rides done this year but could be about the initiatives that each DA has generated to keep members engaged.
We look forward to a return to competition for all our members in 2021.
Photo above: Isabel Foster, National Junior Points winner, 2015. Pictured here at the Shahzada 400km riding Sharabel Kalarney in 2015. Photo by Animal Focus.