Threat Of Deadly Horse Virus Cancels Some Fort Worth Events

FORT WORTH (CBSDFW.COM) – Some events at a horse show in Fort Worth have been cancelled because of the threat of a deadly horse virus. An outbreak of an equine herpes virus, in some western states, is behind the cancellation of some cutting horse events next week at the Will Rogers complex.

Rob Werstler, the Executive Director of the Texas Quarter Horse Association, says only the cutting horse events have been cut. “The impact isn’t as bad as it could be,” he said. “Ya know, if there had been some confirmed cases in Texas, they may have even done some quarantines and stopped shows all completely.”

While there have been no cases of the virus in the state officials don’t want to take any chances. “Being cautious, being proactive, and it may have also been some of the horses that may have wanted to compete in those events couldn’t make it to Texas,” explained Werstler.

The number of entries is expected to be down for the show, but Werstler says it’s not because of the virus. “Lots of horses have left the state. Our business is down quite a bit. The economy has really gotten ‘horse people’.”

The Texas Classic Working Western Series will go on with a reduced schedule, from May 21 to 29.


One Comment

  1. Frederick Larrabee says:

    Horse herpes?! I thought Kenneth Pinyan was dead!

  2. KB says:

    As of Wednesday the 18th there is a confirmed case in Weatherford, TX.

  3. Karen says:

    Can only say one thing, total idiocy and very high risk to attend any large gathering at this time. I surely hope people are more concerned with the health and welfare of the equines in this country instead of a few winnings or ribbons. If show organizers really cared, they would be cancelling the whole event, not just the cutting. Hopefully state officials will actually be proactive and shut down this event to keep a handle on the spread of this.

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