In May, AERA Management Committee made a decision to cancel the TQ20 event scheduled for Collie, WA in September on the basis of uncertainty about the ongoing impact of COVID-19 on the ability of the TQ20 Committee to successfully run the event. The Stirling’s Crossing Endurance Club subsequently submitted a proposal to run an alternative Tom Quilty event in October 2020 at the Stirling’s Crossing complex in Imbil, Queensland.
This proposal was discussed by AERA and a process for decision making agreed upon. The proposal was then referred to all State Management Committees for discussion and feedback to assist the AERA Management Committee in making an informed decision about the running of this event and to understand the implications on all members. At a meeting on Monday, 9th June, the AERA Management Committee received and reviewed this feedback and made a decision not to approve the proposal.
The decision was based on concerns around uncertainty about borders being opened and remaining open enabling all members to attend the event, uncertainty around the ongoing impacts of COVID-19, horse welfare issues as well as lack of opportunities to get horses competition fit in all states due to the varying levels of restriction and resumption of ‘normal’ activities.
AERA shares the disappointment of members that this event could not proceed at this time. AERA would also like to extend its sincere thanks to the Stirling’s Crossing Endurance Club for putting up the proposal and for being prepared to put in a lot of hard work to get the event off the ground. Their support of our sport and willingness to forego a huge chunk of normal life for the next four months is very much appreciated.
Photos above (L:R) by Vince Evans and Sue Crockett Photography.