The popular Equestfest event, which has been held for 17 years at the Los Angeles Equestrian Center, has been cancelled by the Tournament of Roses due to an outbreak of equine herpes virus at the venue, TheRoseExaminer learned this morning. The event, which would have featured equestrian units that will appear in the 2017 Rose Parade, was scheduled for Friday, Dec. 30, 2016. Sharp Seating, which sells tickets for the event, has taken down the link.
The Tournament of Roses released the following statement:
The Pasadena Tournament of Roses has been monitoring recent instances of Equine Herpes virus cases in Los Angeles County. As the virus could potentially affect the safety and wellbeing of the equine participants at the 2016 Equestfest event, that event scheduled to be held at the Los Angeles Equestrian Center has been canceled.
We are committed to ensuring the safety of all Rose Parade participants, including all Equestfest equestrian unit participants and their animals. We are working with appropriate governmental officials and the Associations veterinary consultant to insure the well-being of the animals participating in the 2017 Rose Parade. Additional safeguards and protocols will be adopted to ensure a safe environment. It is anticipated that all equestrian entries scheduled to participate in the 2017 Rose Parade will do so.
2016 Equestfest tickets purchased through Sharp Seating will be fully refunded to the purchaser with no action needed by ticket holders. There is no need to return tickets to the point of sale.
Jason Henry of the San Gabriel Valley Tribune wrote an excellent article on the cancellation. It includes an interview with Equestrian Committee Chair Craig Washington and an explanation of equine herpes virus.