Sep 04, 2020 2:06 PM
The 2020-2021 Intercollegiate/Interscholastic (I/I) season is going to look a bit different this year, especially for USPA intercollegiate programs. Due to COVID-19 several programs were forced to shut down at the end of the spring season. Even though many schools are back in session, some colleges and universities aren’t allowing club sports or organizations to be active, bringing some teams’ fall polo plans to a screeching halt. Although college programs are eligible to receive assistance through the USPA COVID-19 Equine Welfare Relief Program (ERP), without polo being played, some clubs are not receiving student dues to support their programs. The USPA has been very impressed by some clever fundraising ideas, so please take a peek at this week’s I/I Team Spotlight and consider supporting their fundraiser!
ABOUT THE UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN – MADISON: The Polo Club of UW-Madison located in Madison, Wisconsin, is run by hard working students who love to play polo! The club was established in December 2013 but every year continues to grow and share their favorite pastime with new members. The club currently owns four horses, however during the busy playing season, the club typically brings on five additional horses to make sure thier equine athletes get the breaks they need. Due to COVID-19, a majority of the club's fundraisers and benefits were put on hold so members found new ways to safely raise funds to continue to offer care and comfort to UW-Madison ponies!
FALL BULB FUNDRAISER: The Fall Bulb Fundraiser is an online fundraiser selling flower bulbs including tulips, daffodils, alliums, and more! The bulbs are shipped directly to buyers in September, just in time to be planted in the fall and bloom in the spring to brighten gardens everywhere. To place an order, please visit www.threeriversfundraising.com and enter group code: 9Z7C3F by Tuesday, September 15, 2020 and the Polo Club of UW-Madison will earn 50% of every package sold. Please contact Brooklynn at email@example.com with any questions. The members and ponies of the Polo Club of UW-Madison thank you for your consideration and support!
Effective Date: Saturday, May 16, 2020
The suspension of USPA Tournaments and Events will be lifted for USPA Member Clubs in locales where hosting polo matches and tournaments is permitted under applicable state and local laws, executive orders and similar decrees. The USPA Member Clubs in these locales are encouraged to follow all such requirements of their state and local authorities with respect to polo operations. In addition, we also encourage all USPA Member Clubs to take the precautions recommended by the CDC. We are preparing a detailed list of best practices for USPA Member Clubs as they return to hosting USPA Tournaments and Events and plan to circulate these guidelines within the next week. We will continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation closely and will notify you if we determine a different course of action is necessary.Read More