Labor Shortage Forces Cancellation of Cascade Finals

First, a big thank you to everyone who attended our Cascade shows in June and July! We drew a record number of entries across all four shows, and we were gratified to see many new barns from inside and outside Washington state join our long-time supporters in Cle Elum.

In recent days, many of you have been asking about our Cascade Finals show in September. We had been working hard on this event, even expanding our schedule by an extra day this year. However, circumstances outside of our control have disrupted these plans.

From recent national headlines, you may know the country is amidst a nationwide labor shortage. This has impacted our venue partner, the Washington State Horse Park. They recently informed us that they are unable to secure enough experienced grounds management personnel to meet the requirements of a show of our size, quality and discipline during September.

We want to give the Horse Park the time and opportunity to fill its resource shortage. So rather than move forward with a compromised experience, we have made the difficult decision to cancel our September show.

While this is disappointing, we believe the Washington State Horse Park to be a truly special venue, one we expect to host our shows for years to come. We support their mission to be a top-notch equestrian facility and intend to continue our close partnership.

For now, we are setting our sights on 2022. We plan to bring even more excitement to everyone again next season starting with our June shows. Please mark these dates in your calendars:

  • Swiftwater Invitational, June 15-19, 2022
  • Alpine Preview, June 22-26, 2022

Wishing you and your horses all the best,

Your Cascade Horse Shows Team