Naima is the fourth Canadian Dressage rider that I have asked about their plans for the winter. Before Covid most of the top Canadian riders always went to Florida for the winter competition season . So I was interested to know if Covid, travel restrictions on the Canadian border and high numbers of Covid infections in the State of Florida was making a difference. Here are Naima’s answers.
1.Are you going to Florida this winter to compete?
Yes . I actually am currently in Wellington .
2.How did you arrive at this decision?
I put a fair amount of thought into heading down to Florida this winter, however I ultimately felt that since my trainer is based down in Florida and it looks like they will be having a full show season it would be the best opportunity for me and my horses to get the training and show season we need with our goals still set for Tokyo 2021.
3. Do you have any concerns about going?
Of course, there are concerns and the risk is there. However, I believe strongly this is where I need to be. We are all trying our best to stay healthy and safe.
I wish Naima and also Megan Lane the best of luck with their competitions this winter in Wellington FL. I know they have made the decision to go after much thought and consideration.