Although Governor Hogan did not specifically say “horseback riding” in his press conference this afternoon (May 6, 2020), we have confirmed that horseback riding is listed in the newest executive order coming out of the Governor’s office in relation to permitted outdoor activities.
Section II.c of Executive Order #20-05-06-01 gives an updated list of “Permitted Outdoor Activities” which includes horseback riding as item “v.” on the list. However, the order does state that all “gatherings larger than 10 persons” are still prohibited under section III.
Click here to read the full Executive Order: https://htv-prod-media.s3.amazonaws.com/files/gatherings-fifth-amended-5-6-20-1588793028.pdf
The Maryland Department of Natural Resources updated their website following Governor Hogan’s press conference with a new guide to outdoor recreation in state parks. The section on Horseback Riding states:
“Effective immediately, horseback riding activities, including riding in state parks, is allowed, however:
- Equestrians must be riding with immediate family members or people with which they reside.
- No more than 10 people may be included in a given party.
- Social distancing guidelines must be followed.
- No organized rides, gatherings, or races will be authorized.”
To read more from DNR, click here: https://news.maryland.gov/dnr/2020/05/06/frequently-asked-questions-about-governor-hogans-stay-at-home-order/
The Maryland Horse Council is currently working to clarify how the Executive Order applies to all equestrian activities, and to update its COVID-19 Best Practices document and will share these updates as soon as possible.