As many of you know, our governor is taking steps to open up California slowly and carefully. We have been closely following official guidelines to ensure the safety of our group during these difficult times.
Our May play date is Saturday, May 16, Noon to 3 p.m. in Kenneth Hahn Park – Olympic Forest. We feel that our emotional, mental and spiritual health it is important to gather this Saturday. There are more aspects to one’s well being than just physical safety. We need each other, we need to be seen, heard and known. We need to do it correctly and safely.
LA County has begun reopening parks while requiring visitors to practice social distancing. Remember that opportunities to visit parks depend on Angelino’s dedication to acting safely to prevent transmission. If we’re irresponsible, infections will go up and parks will be closed. When we go out, we’ve always had a high burden to represent ourselves well, so we have practice being safe and setting a good example for those who see us.
As usual we will be meeting in the grassy area of the park called “Olympic Forest,” which is past the Japanese gardens.
* Do not visit public trails and trailheads if feeling sick and/or exhibiting any symptoms of illness. * Physical distancing of 6 feet always required. No group gathering allowed on trails or in the parking lot. * Everyone needs a face covering at the trailhead/parking lots and on any trails where there are other groups of people nearby. * Avoid popular locations that are prone to crowds. * Alert trail users of your presence and step aside to let others pass. * Bring water, hand sanitizer, and/or disinfecting wipes to wash or sanitize hands frequently.* Wash hands when leaving and entering the house, and avoid touching surfaces or ones’ face while out.
It is supposed to be nice and sunny, with 50% humidity and above 80 degrees. PLEASE do remember your masks if you come!! Also, please remember it is $6 cash to enter the park on Saturday, and a $10 donation to the LAPCC to participate.
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!
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!
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!)
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.
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.
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/
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!
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.”
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:
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.