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Horse herpes outbreak forces rodeo queens to ride stick ponies
KSL.com ^ | May 26, 2011 | Nadine Wimmer and Wendy Leonard

Posted on 05/27/2011 12:59:31 PM PDT by billorites

FARMINGTON -- While the state has yet to officially cancel any events involving horses that might have been exposed to a local recent equine herpes outbreak, owners and arenas are taking precautions.

Because of the outbreak, contestants at the Davis County Sheriff's Mounted Posse Junior Queen Contest had to cowgirl up Thursday night without their mares.

Instead of competing on horses, as is typically the case, contestants were asked to trot around the arena with stick horses as their show ponies.

The only horses in the arena were in this bucket.

"It's kind of weird, but you can't really help that the disease is going around," said former queen Savanna Steed. She said the stick horses will test the riders' knowledge of whether they know the routine, rather than letting the horse do all the work.

Utah has 13 suspected and seven confirmed cases of equine herpes virus after horses at a regional cutting horse competition at the Golden Spike Arena in Ogden first showed symptoms of the illness.

Horse herpes is not sexually transmitted and is not considered a danger for humans, but it is highly contagious among horses and other animals of the equine family. The most common way for the virus to spread is by direct horse-to-horse contact, but it can also spread through the air, contaminated equipment, clothing and hands.

The disease can be fatal to horses and is incurable. "Instead of using horses, we are testing the girls' knowledge and ability to adapt." -Posse Member Kim Jensen

Posse member Kim Jensen said the annual contest has already been postponed for a week to possibly wait out the quarantine, but as it is still in effect for all public arenas, the Mounted Posse Junior Queen Contest had to go on.

"Instead of using horses, we are testing the girls' knowledge and ability to adapt," she said. "This will test if they know the pattern, but they are disappointed they don't have their real horses."

The contestants still showed their horsemanship, though with a little more effort.

"With a stick horse it's a lot different because you have to do all the work, and I think it's going to be a lot more tiring than with a real horse," said contestant Kylie Felter.

What really shined were the true traits of a queen: poise and personality amid trying times.

"It will give you experience for if you happen to have a problem like this later in life," Steed said with a smile. "You already have the experience of riding a stick horse!"

Ladies, we tip our hats to you.


TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: catherineii; catherinethegreat; headlines; horseherpes; napl; stickponies

1 posted on 05/27/2011 12:59:33 PM PDT by billorites
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To: billorites

Video at the Link.

2 posted on 05/27/2011 1:02:39 PM PDT by billorites (freepo ergo sum)
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To: billorites
It's a long tradition, BTW did they use coconuts as that is also traditional.

3 posted on 05/27/2011 1:03:26 PM PDT by Waverunner (I'd like to welcome our new overlords, say hello to my little friend)
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To: billorites

Best headline of the year.


4 posted on 05/27/2011 1:03:47 PM PDT by trumandogz
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To: billorites
Duh, video at This link...
5 posted on 05/27/2011 1:04:33 PM PDT by billorites (freepo ergo sum)
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To: billorites

Oh, Horse Herpes!


6 posted on 05/27/2011 1:07:01 PM PDT by Cvengr (Adversity in life and death is inevitable. Thru faith in Christ, stress is optional.)
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To: trumandogz
"Best headline of the year."

The imagination runs wild...

7 posted on 05/27/2011 1:07:05 PM PDT by billorites (freepo ergo sum)
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To: trumandogz

Sounds like a Beatles tune.

“She’s got a sick pony to ride”


8 posted on 05/27/2011 1:07:09 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin! (look it up))
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To: trumandogz
"Best headline of the year."

The imagination runs wild...

9 posted on 05/27/2011 1:07:16 PM PDT by billorites (freepo ergo sum)
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To: billorites

Mmmmustt....notttt.....cccommenttttt!..............


10 posted on 05/27/2011 1:09:31 PM PDT by Red Badger (Jesus said there is no marriage in Heaven. That's why they call it Heaven............)
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To: billorites

There is only one way to add to the impact of that ‘second to none’ headline. It should have been listed as coming from a San Francisco source.

I guess you know how I took it. LOL


12 posted on 05/27/2011 1:11:31 PM PDT by Gator113 ("GAME ON." I'll be voting for Sarah Palin, Liberty, our Constitution and American Exceptionalism.)
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To: knarf

Utah ... y’aught’a be ashamed of y’self !


13 posted on 05/27/2011 1:12:49 PM PDT by knarf (I say things that are true ... I have no proof ... but they're true)
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To: billorites
The most common way for the virus to spread is by direct horse-to-horse contact,

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14 posted on 05/27/2011 1:13:04 PM PDT by dragonblustar (Got toast?)
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To: billorites

Woah, who wrote that headline??

Too funny!


15 posted on 05/27/2011 1:13:44 PM PDT by Las Vegas Ron (Woah, Obama will appease Trump, but not Lakin? Thanks LSM)
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To: billorites
Horse herpes outbreak

Turns out it was Bill Clinton's fault. From behind, the horse looked like Monica...

16 posted on 05/27/2011 1:14:39 PM PDT by Onelifetogive (I tweet, too...)
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To: billorites
Instead of competing on horses, as is typically the case, contestants were asked to trot around the arena with stick horses as their show ponies.

How stunningly insulting. People don't even know when they are being mocked anymore - it's so discouraging to see. And the smiling "administrators" who not only impose this kind of cruelty, but force their victims to thanks them for it, are literally enemies of humanity.

Oh yeah, I go to far, right? That's why it's perfectly reasonable to expect men to be told to use "stick ponies" too, right? Just visualize that for a moment... And why, of all groups, young women are made to hop around with, for God's sake, a stick between their legs, and it's considered "reasonable."

Fifty years ago, the person who even suggested this "solution" would have had their teeth punched in by every father of every contestant.

Bah. Sometimes I feel that the war's already lost without a shot.

17 posted on 05/27/2011 1:15:13 PM PDT by Talisker (When you find a turtle on top of a fence post, you can be damn sure it didn't get there on its own.)
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To: billorites
And "Savanna Steed" the former Queen has the best horsewoman name ever.

I had to get a look at her.

Now my computer's full of teenage rodeo queen pictures. I hope my wife doesn't walk in suddenly.

18 posted on 05/27/2011 1:15:43 PM PDT by billorites (freepo ergo sum)
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To: billorites

I would find all the jumps pretty difficult.


19 posted on 05/27/2011 1:16:27 PM PDT by Yaelle
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To: billorites

are those brooms clean??

have they been tested??

and you want them to put the brooms WHERE????

for shame!!

Who got the Palamino??


20 posted on 05/27/2011 1:27:25 PM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Happiness)
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To: billorites

If this is true, I feel sorry for the girls who work very hard for the show.

If it isn’t true, this is the funniest headline of the year!


21 posted on 05/27/2011 1:27:36 PM PDT by Portcall24
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To: billorites

What’s the world coming to when you can’t even kiss your horse without having to worry about that stuff?


22 posted on 05/27/2011 1:31:54 PM PDT by RichInOC (No! BAD Rich! (What'd I say?))
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To: billorites
After the stick ponies, the next contestants have to do some bull-substitute handling.


23 posted on 05/27/2011 1:34:28 PM PDT by Dr. Sivana (There is no salvation in politics.)
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To: Talisker
"People don't even know when they are being mocked anymore "

I don't think it was meant to be mocking. The sponsors just didn't want to cancel the event. They wanted to deliver the competition that they'd promised the girls.

The horse herpes thing is a real problem and has caused authorities to severely limit the movement of horses. What can ya do?

24 posted on 05/27/2011 1:43:58 PM PDT by billorites (freepo ergo sum)
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To: RichInOC

25 posted on 05/27/2011 1:48:29 PM PDT by billorites (freepo ergo sum)
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To: billorites

26 posted on 05/27/2011 1:56:06 PM PDT by LibertyLA (fighting libtards and other giant government enablers!)
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To: billorites
Horse herpes outbreak forces rodeo queens to ride stick ponies

I didn't know Barney Frank was a rodeo fan.

27 posted on 05/27/2011 2:02:26 PM PDT by GreenHornet
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To: Slings and Arrows; JoeProBono; Revolting cat!

The headline that has everything except a guy with the middle name Wayne.


28 posted on 05/27/2011 2:29:46 PM PDT by a fool in paradise ("If Eric Holder had his way, O-B-L would still be alive today." Thank you President Bush for Gitmo.)
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To: Slings and Arrows; JoeProBono; Revolting cat!

The headline that has everything except a guy with the middle name Wayne.


29 posted on 05/27/2011 2:31:25 PM PDT by a fool in paradise ("If Eric Holder had his way, O-B-L would still be alive today." Thank you President Bush for Gitmo.)
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To: billorites

OK. I have to admit it. My first thought after reading the headline was are they doing this to protect horses from further breakouts. I know. Pretty bad.


30 posted on 05/27/2011 2:37:45 PM PDT by paul51 (11 September 2001 - Never forget)
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To: windcliff; I Drive Too Fast

ping


31 posted on 05/27/2011 3:03:36 PM PDT by stylecouncilor (What Would Jim Thompson Do?)
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To: stylecouncilor

At first I wondered if this was a headline from San Francisco? I never knew horses got herpes.


32 posted on 05/27/2011 4:14:02 PM PDT by I Drive Too Fast
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To: a fool in paradise; MeekOneGOP; Conspiracy Guy; DocRock; King Prout; Darksheare; OSHA; ...
If you think horse herpes is scary, imagine the guy who gave it to them.


33 posted on 05/27/2011 11:16:36 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Slings and Arrows

Horse herpes? Stick horses?

It is the end times, for sure.


34 posted on 05/28/2011 12:17:12 AM PDT by dixiechick2000 (Age, skill, wisdom, and a little treachery always overcome youth and arrogance!)
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To: billorites

Caption: “Baah, it doesn’t even vibrate.”


35 posted on 05/28/2011 12:21:28 AM PDT by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: billorites

36 posted on 05/28/2011 2:31:58 AM PDT by paulycy (Islamo-Marxism is Evil.)
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To: cripplecreek
“She’s got a sick pony to ride”

LOL!

Or a.... one-stick pony.

37 posted on 05/28/2011 3:05:16 AM PDT by mewzilla
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To: paulycy

Snort, guffaw...


38 posted on 05/28/2011 5:40:13 AM PDT by billorites (freepo ergo sum)
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To: paulycy

LOL! I hadn’t seen that one before and now, I can’t see anything through my coffee screen.


39 posted on 05/28/2011 5:43:22 AM PDT by liberalh8ter
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To: billorites

For a while, it seemed like I was the only one worried about the horses.


40 posted on 05/28/2011 9:10:19 AM PDT by Silentgypsy
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To: paulycy
Brilliant! Perfect expression and eye direction on zer0.


41 posted on 05/28/2011 12:14:27 PM PDT by TheOldLady
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To: Slings and Arrows

Not an STD with horses.


42 posted on 05/28/2011 12:15:48 PM PDT by TheOldLady
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To: TheOldLady

Bah.


43 posted on 05/28/2011 12:24:13 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein. [Free Lazamataz!])
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To: Slings and Arrows
If you think horse herpes is scary, imagine the guy who gave it to them.


44 posted on 05/29/2011 12:49:58 PM PDT by a fool in paradise ("If Eric Holder had his way, O-B-L would still be alive today." Thank you President Bush for Gitmo.)
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To: a fool in paradise

Scary! (S-Kerry?)


45 posted on 05/29/2011 1:11:59 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein. [Free Lazamataz!])
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