Langley’s Stacey Northey makes a turn during barrel racing on Saturday (May 30) at the Langley Riders Society arena. It was the first event since the pandemic outbreak forced a shutdown. (Ron McCarthy (rgmphotography.ca)/special to the Langley Advance Times)

Riders return to Langley arena

Langley Riders Society holds first competitions since arena was closed by COVID-19

After two months of a COVID-19 enforced shutdown, competition resumed at the Langley Riders Society (LRS) Brookswood outdoor riding facility at 4303 208th Street over the weekend.

LRS hosted a barrel race on Saturday, May 30, and the first Games Day of the season on Sunday, May 31.

Society vice president John Scotton told the Langley Advance Times the arena normally reopens early in April following a winter shutdown, but the pandemic prevented it.

“We’ve been shut down since COVID started,” Scotton related.

To reopen, LRS had to submit a detailed safety plan for approval by the Fraser Health authority and WorkSafe BC, Scotton described.

Some riders came from as far away as Merritt to take part in the barrel racing competition, believed to be the first held in B,.C, since the coronavirus crisis.

“They were so glad to be able to get out and ride,” Scotton observed.

There were limits on the number of participants and people in the stands, along with social distancing requirements that meant horse trailers to be parked well apart.  

Restrictions have been imposed on the concession stand as well.

“We were very pleased the way people adapted to social distancing,” Scotton said.

On Saturday, the LRS arena will host the first jumping competition of 2020.

“It’s already sold out,” Scotton said.

Unfortunately, Scotton said, the LRS Little Britches Rodeo has had to be called off this year, for only the second time it has been cancelled in it’s 55 year history.

READ ALSO: Langley sports groups suffer widespread shutdowns due to COVID-19

An open letter to past an present LRS members posted on the society website said the club is struggling financially as a result of the shutdown.

“The only income we have at present is from membership fees and we ask that you sign up not only for your chance to ride, but to keep the club afloat. We still have ongoing expenses of water, hydro, insurance as well as gas for mowers. Consider your membership as a donation as well as membership.”

In order to cut down on handling cash, members were being asked to use e-transfers instead.

“Remember the grass keeps growing, so we need your help in keeping the ground in reasonably good condition.”

READ ALSO: Teamwork by horses and riders at Langley cutting competition

Langley Riders Society launched in 1965 as a non-profit organization.

It relies on volunteers to provide an “opportunity for people of all ages to get together to share their mutual interest in horses,” the LRS mission statement says.

”We provide a fun, learning, practice environment in which both children and adults get together to participate in several multi-disciplinary riding events and shows.”



dan.ferguson@langleyadvancetimes.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

CoronavirushorseLangley

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Provincial COVID-19 data can now be used for B.C. to prepare for a second wave

In the past week, B.C. has seen a slight spike in daily test-positive case counts

Vandals deface Aldergrove elementary school with racist slur, male genitalia

Langley School District confirms it has filed a report with the Langley RCMP

‘Our hands are tied’: Langley Good Times Cruise-In announces cancellation due to COVID-19

People are encouraged to donate to the chosen Langley charities online, said Cruise-In director

Langley Township lifts evacuation alert as flooding threat drops

People are still advised to avoid the Fraser River due to fast running water

Sources receives $70K from SurreyCares

Funds will help with warehouse space for food programs in Surrey, White Rock, Langley

QUIZ: Are you ready for a summer road trip?

How much do you really know about roads, motor vehicles and car culture? Take this quiz to find out.

Genetic detectives begin work to trace spread of COVID-19 in Canada

The kinds of genetic technology being used for this project did not exist when SARS hit Canada in 2003

Woman sexually assaulted, robbed near Surrey SkyTrain station: RCMP

Police say the incident happened July 10, just after 11 p.m. near King George SkyTrain station

B.C. Ferries increasing passenger capacity after COVID-19 restrictions

Transport Canada 50-per-cent limit being phased out, no current plans to provide masks

Once-in-a-lifetime comet photographed soaring over Abbotsford

Photographer Randy Small captures Comet NEOWISE in early-morning sky

Amber Alert for two Quebec girls cancelled after bodies found

Romy Carpentier, 6, Norah Carpentier, 11, and their father, Martin Carpentier, missing since Wednesday

Bringing support to Indigenous students and communities, while fulfilling a dream

Mitacs is a nonprofit organization that operates research and training programs

B.C. man prepares to be first to receive double-hand transplant in Canada

After the surgery, transplant patients face a long recovery

Grocers appear before MPs to explain decision to cut pandemic pay

Executives from three of Canada’s largest grocery chains have defended their decision to end temporary wage increases

Most Read