More playdate and EQUUS updates

Decisions are a conclusion or resolution reached after consideration.

Here’s our decision regarding EQUUS, as discussed in the previous post: when you check in at registration I want you to know the Equus International Pony Play Event will be giving you a protective mask made by Sarge, our Estrella Pony. These will be made with love, and positive energy just for you, made in a way that will protect you from others and others from you, a top notch mask with a filter in a pony theme.

I will have a limited number of reusable bags this year. I am undecided regarding run pins for 2020 at this time. We will have name badge wallets you may use at other events.

As always, if you have a wallet or a reusable bag from previous years and you bring it back to Equus IPPE, you will receive 5 raffle tickets for each item you are reusing.

Equus International Pony Play Event is dedicated to bringing you a fun and safe event and being good to our planet by using as many reusable and recyclable things as possible.

We are so excited to see you. Is it August yet?

Regarding our playdates:

We had another virtual hangout on May 2nd.  These have been very popular and a good chance for us to check in with each other each week.  Therefore, for now, we will have WEEKLY meetings on Google Hangouts each Saturday as we are staying at home.  If you’d like to join us, you can sign up for our Newsletter on the site, and we will send you the link to our chats.  We hope these things give everypony something to look forward to, and we can’t wait to see each other face-to-face again soon!

Virtual Playdates and EQUUS Updates!

Hello darlings!

Since we’re all craving a bit of extra social interaction, we have added more “virtual playdates” to our calendar. Last Saturday we had a second April hangout, with 8 members joining us!

Many people asked about EQUUS. EQUUS is scheduled to be in held 14-16 August and at this time, it is still 100% happening. Safety is one of our top priorities, so as we get closer to the event date, we will provide more details. Currently, expect for EQUUS to be held in August, as planned. We will have strict policies on social distancing, disinfectant use, and mask wearing, to be determined closer to the event, to keep everyone healthy.

Thank you for your support, and stay tuned for more virtual playdates!

Virtual Playdate Success!

Although we’d certainly all rather be outside, Google Hangouts is proving to be the next best thing! Two days ago, we were able to hang out with one another safely, online, from noon until 3 p.m. online. We had 8-10 people join us from the comfort and safety of their homes. We will likely be doing this again next week. Please contact us if you want the link!

Thanks to Trainer Pollux for coordinating our virtual playdate, and for the attendees for attending! We are all in need of some social interaction and it was wonderful to see each other’s faces. We will meet in person soon. Remember to wear your masks and wash your hands (or hooves, or paws!)

Short-term, Long-Term Hangouts!

Hello to our dearest kinky and fun folks! We hope you’re all safe at home and keeping a stiff upper lip in these difficult times.

Here is something to look forward to:

We have made reservations for the Fall Fox Hunt, this October!

Camping will be held on the first weekend of October, from Friday October 2nd at 2 pm through Sunday October 4th at noon.

The Hunt itself will take place on Saturday, October 3rd, beginning at 10 a.m. Usually we are finished with the Hunt by 3 p.m., at which time we share a celebratory feast!

Location: Rose Valley Campground in Los Padres National Forest. We have reserved campsites 2-5, as well as 7 and 9.

We know you’re all experiencing cabin fever and are looking forward to going outside once it’s safe! Until then, remember: ponies can do yoga in their homes!

In the meantime, our playdates are being held ONLINE! Join us this weekend for a Virtual Playdate on April 18th at noon. We will be using Google Hangouts. Please contact us on Facebook for a link, or send us a message if you don’t have access to Facebook. Andrew (Trainer Pollux) will be hosting.

Learn about pony play online!

Due to current events, our amazing North American Trainer and Pony titleholders, Trainer Jenn and Tromper, are not able to attend and speak at all the events they had previously planned to. Fortunately, they are online, and if you’d like to learn about Pony Play, you can check out their educational videos on YouTube!

We will continue to bring updates about our events, online or otherwise, as things unfold. Someday we will be back in the pastures… until then, our ponies can run free in our hearts and minds.

No April Fools Joke: We’re Having Playdates ONLINE!

Dearest kinky and fun folks,

Instead of canceling our April playdate, we will now host it online over Google Hangouts. In order to join, please respond and RSVP by providing or confirming your Gmail account. Andrew (Trainer Pollux) will start the online meeting at 12 noon on Saturday, April 18th and invite all participants who have RSVP’d. If you are not friends with us on Facebook or Yahoo, contact us directly so we can get you in contact with Andrew! This is an especially good opportunity for new or shy pets to introduce themselves. Just because we’re quarantined doesn’t mean we can’t adapt!

If you’ve never used Google Hangouts or would like to test out your connection please let us know and Andrew will contact you to help you perform a test meeting beforehand to make sure you have no trouble joining our online playdate on April 18th.

If you’re looking for other ways to experience petplay online, check out Wolfe Academy. Wolfe Academy is not directly affiliated with the LAPCC, but they are, like us, Los Angeles-based, friends of Sanctuary LAX, and we cross paths often. We recommend and support their contributions to petplay in SoCal!

Link to the FB page for the Pup/Handler 101 class: https://www.facebook.com/events/829287640906978/

Link to the FB page for the Becoming and Knowing Your Animal class: https://www.facebook.com/events/922997661465145/

Stay safe, stay strong, and stay positive!

Happy National Puppy Day!

Happy National Puppy Day, everyone! Did you know March 23rd is National Puppy Day? Well, now you do!

Here in Los Angeles we are under a “shelter in place” order, so for the foreseeable future, our spring events are canceled (including the Puppy Olympics at the Off Sunset Festival, and the Spring Cart Romp). But now’s a fine time to practice at-home pupping!

Here are some links to help you stay safe:

https://corona-virus.la/

http://www.publichealth.lacounty.gov/media/Coronavirus/

https://www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/CID/DCDC/Pag

In the meantime, you can find us on social media, being social! Our Facebook group is ALWAYS open and you can contact us there if you have any questions about event changes and cancellations.

Have a Happy National Puppy Day!

NAPT Titleholder Schedule Changes

Hello, friends! We hope you are staying safe amidst the current pandemic.

We can weather this together. There is no need to panic. We are a strong community and by cooperating with each other and following the CDC’s advice on best practices, we can slow the spread and “flatten the curve.”

In a widely shared graphic, a tan curve represents a scenario without social distancing measures and where the U.S. hospital system becomes inundated with coronavirus patients.

If you are in America and would like to request or offer aid, please connect with your city’s Mutual Aid Network: tinyurl .com/COVID19Aid

Speaking of America, be sure to check our our wonderful North American Pony/Trainer Titleholders! Their schedule is changing as travel becomes restricted and events are canceled. Link to their most up-to-date schedule can be found by clicking here.

Keep your spirits up. Let this friendly critter reassure you:

EVENT CANCELED: Please Read!

Hello, friends! As more information has emerged over the last week regarding coronavirus, we have decided to CANCEL our Spring Romp.

For information about the virus and how to prevent its spread, please go to the World Health Organization (WHO) or CDC websites.

This is a very good link from CRI Genetics with some great info that updates regularly.

Stay safe and remember to STAY HOME if you feel sick or have been exposed to anyone exhibiting symptoms. Wash your hands regularly, and sanitize things you touch often, such as door knobs, light switches, your phone screen, and your steering wheel. Keep following our blog for more updates about our events.

Spring LAPCC Events

Last week we discussed some upcoming petplay events that are NOT attached to the LAPCC (though we do have members who attend)! This week, let’s shine a spotlight on some events we are producing and hosting ourselves!

In lieu of a traditional playdate in March, we are having our Spring Cart Pull and Romp at Mile Square Park, March 21, at Shelter #5 from  11 am to 3 PM. With current concerns about the novel coronavirus strain COVID-19, we request that you exercise best practices for hand washing, sanitizing, avoiding face-touching, and covering coughs or sneezes with your elbow or a Kleenex instead of your hand.

This event is typically a potluck, but to be safe, we recommend not sharing food. We are a small group so we think we will be fine, but if you are not feeling well, please stay home and take care of yourself!

We have reserved the shelter. You can park on the street (if available) and walk to the shelter or pay the parking fee ($5) for the reserved lot.  If it rains, the event is cancelled.

Next month, we will have our biannual Spring Fox Hunt Camping April 10, Friday, 2 PM to April 12, Sunday, Noon. The Hunt is Saturday April 11 10 am to 3 PM Point Mugu Sycamore Campground.  Campsite #1 and Campsite #2 are reserved.  It is a short walk to the hot shower and bathroom facilities.  The campsites are drive in and park, no hiking to the campsite. Let us know if you want to attend as a horse, hound, fox, rider, handler, or cheering spectator. This is the most humane version of a traditional English fox hunt!

Stay safe, and we’ll see you there!