It is with deep regret that we announce that the Ottawa Dressage Festival will not go ahead in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Looking at what has transpired in the rest of the world, it is not reasonable to expect that restrictions will be lifted in time for us to prepare for and host ODF2020.
We recognize this is a challenging time for everyone in the equestrian community and beyond. We feel it is important to do our part to help “flatten the curve” and try to safeguard the health of the nation. We encourage you all to do the same by practising social distancing and following the recommendations from Equestrian Canada, your provincial/territorial sport organization, and the government.
As we have been preparing for ODF2020, the enthusiasm and support has never been greater. We are, as ever, incredibly grateful to our sponsors and those who have put in hundreds of hours already in preparation for the show. We are all very disappointed to be in this situation but feel it is the right and responsible thing to do.
Given the uncertainty of the situation, we do not plan to reschedule the show in 2020 and instead look forward to an even better show in 2021. If you have submitted and paid an entry fee for ODF2020, you will receive a refund.
Take care everyone and see you in 2021!