PASADENA, Calif. (December 9, 2016) – The Pasadena Tournament of Roses has been monitoring recent instances of the Equine Herpes virus cases detected in Los Angeles County at the Los Angeles Equestrian Center. This rare neurological form of the virus could potentially affect the safety and wellbeing of the equine participants at the 2016 Equestfest event.   The Tournament of Roses and Wells Fargo, the sponsor of Equestfest, hold the health and safety of the equines in high importance.  This respect and concern for safety has necessitated cancellation of this year’s Equestfest program.

The Tournament of Roses is committed to ensuring the safety of all Rose Parade participants, including all Equestfest equestrian unit participants and their animals. We are working with appropriate governmental officials and the Associations veterinary consultant to insure the well-being of the animals participating in the 2017 Rose Parade.  Additional safeguards and protocols will be adopted in this regard by both the Tournament and all equestrian entries schedule to participate in the Rose Parade.

“While I am disappointed by the circumstances that have led to this decision, the health and well-being of our equestrian family supersedes all else,” said Tournament of Roses President, Brad Ratliff.  “The most remote possibility of infection is far too great a risk for these magnificent animals, and while this decision was difficult to announce, it was easy to make.”

“The professionalism and concern for the equines by our friends at the Los Angeles Equestrian Center has been tremendous,” said Ratliff.  “we have been in constant communication with the team at the LAEC and the decision to cancel the event was a collaboration between our two organizations.  We look forward to a successful Equestfest next year and continue in the rich traditions of showcasing the talents and beauty of our equestrian family.”

Holders of 2016 Equestfest tickets will be provided a full refund.  Refunds will be automatically processed with no further action by the ticket holders.  No tickets need to be returned to the point of purchase.  Due to the volume of refunds, we appreciate your patience in receiving refunds.

The Tournament of Roses apologizes for any inconvenience the cancellation may cause.  

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