Equestrianism in the Corona crisis: “The alternative would be battles”

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Sports Equestrianism in a corona crisis

“The alternative would be battles”

As of May 2nd, 2020 | Reading time: 2 minutes

SALZBURG: CORONAVIRUS - HORSE RIDING / HORSE SPORTS

Equestrian clubs have little income due to the corona restrictions, but ongoing costs

Source: dpa / Barbara Gindl

The corona pandemic also hits popular sport with all its severity. In contrast to football or gymnastics clubs, the costs of horse sports clubs remain unchanged even during the crisis. This could have dire consequences.

Dhe corona pandemic has brought sport to a worldwide standstill. All leagues in Germany are at a standstill, the season has already been broken off in ice hockey, volleyball and handball. The corona crisis is also affecting popular sport.

Popular sport in Germany has slowed down since mid-March. The riding clubs are particularly hard hit. Unlike football or gymnastics clubs, for example, they continue to have high costs.

“Various riding clubs are currently missing, for example, 12,000 euros each. They needed the money to feed the animals. The alternative would be battles. The situation is particularly dramatic, ”said Andreas Vroom, President of the State Sports Association in Bremen.

In Saxony, Saxony-Anhalt and the Saarland there are now further easing of the corona restrictions. As of Monday, outdoor club sports are again allowed in groups of up to five people. For example, it could row again, do athletics, play football, and tennis and horse riding are also possible, said Saxony-Anhalt’s Interior Minister Holger Stahlknecht (CDU). Club sport is possible outdoors and in swimming pools, in groups of up to five people.

But in the other federal states, the restrictions for the equestrian clubs remain in place for the time being.

Horses must also eat when sports are suspended

Hesse’s State Sports Federation President Rolf Müller described: “There are certainly big differences in terms of sports, too: Many riding and driving clubs contacted us in the first few weeks. Unlike balls or a balance beam, these (horses) also have to eat during the suspension of the sports business, regularly to the pasture or to the farrier. “These costs” could not currently be adequately covered by income “.

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