Fears of disease prompt organizers to cancel horse show

By The Associated Press | Posted - Aug. 20, 2015 at 8:00 a.m.



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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (AP) — A horse show in western Colorado has been canceled due to concerns over the spread of a debilitating livestock virus.

The Daily Sentinel reports (http://bit.ly/1K8iZkg ) organizers voted Wednesday to cancel the inaugural Colorado Canyons Color Classic at the Mesa County Fairgrounds.

More than 200 horses had signed up for the exhibition on Saturday and Sunday with participants coming from Arizona, Wyoming, Utah and California. All but 70 participants had withdrawn because of fears surrounding vesicular stomatitis by the time the show was canceled.

Agricultural officials have identified the disease in 10 Colorado counties. Seventy animals have already been put under quarantine.

The viral disease primarily affects horses and cattle, but pigs, sheep, llamas and alpacas can also contract the disease. Humans are also at risk by handling infected animals.

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Information from: The Daily Sentinel, http://www.gjsentinel.com

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