Assistance pledged to those struggling due to the pandemic
The United States Polo Association (USPA) have announced that they will be delaying USPA Tournaments and Events until Friday 15 May, as well as the approval of three USPA funded assistance programmes. The three assistance programmes are detailed below and include a substantial commitment from the USPA, which has yet to be matched by other Polo Associations around the world:USPA Covid-19 Equine Welfare Relief Programme (ERP) – Aimed at aiding USPA Members who are struggling to maintain proper upkeep of their horses and are in desperate assistance will be able to apply in order to provide their horses with proper nutrition. Click here to read the guidelines and to make an application.
USPA Covid-19 Distressed Club Relief Program – Designed to support USPA Member Clubs which have experienced financial difficulty from 15 March – 31 May due to Covid-19, with support focused on non-equine care related costs. Click here to read the guidelines and to make an application.
Covid-19 USPA Polo Tournament Stimulus Package – Aimed at post-crisis aid to support Club activity, for the first two USPA tournaments held at the USPA Member Club the tournament fees will be waived, umpires will be provided by USPA, $2,500 prize money per tournament and Clubs will either be provided with trophies or reimbursed. Click here to read the guidelines and to make an application.Bob Puetz, USPA CEO made the following announcement:“As we continue to face these unprecedented challenging and stressful times, the USPA would like to assure our members and clubs across the nation of our commitment to continue to support the sport of polo. As part of these efforts, the USPA has extended the suspension of USPA Tournaments and Events through Friday, May 15, 2020. We have not overlooked the fact that the immediate needs of the sport and polo communities we promote and serve are ongoing. In an effort to help alleviate the financial strain being placed on the sport and polo community, the USPA Board of Governors approved three assistance programs during the Spring Board of Governors Meeting on Saturday, April 18, 2020: the USPA COVID-19 Equine Welfare Relief Program (ERP), the USPA COVID-19 Distressed Club Relief Program and the COVID-19 USPA Polo Tournament Stimulus Package. Each program has been developed to meet specific needs. The Equine Welfare Relief and Distressed Club Relief programs will be accepting applications for immediate disbursement while the Tournament Stimulus Program will be available to assist clubs transitioning back into tournament play.It is our sincere hope that you and your families stay healthy, positive and safe. All program information is available below. Please do not hesitate to reach out to USPA staff and leadership at any time if you need any assistance.”
Photograph: The USPA have announced a range of relief programmes to help USPA Members who are struggling due to the Covid-19 pandemic. By USPA