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.
OK, this may probably be the only headline you will ever see about horse herpes and stick ponies. Then again, as weird as this year has been on all fronts, I wouldn’t rule anything out.
This adaptation for safety’s sake has brought with it some deep knowledge:
“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 good is hardship if we don’t let it forge resolve in us and learn from it, right?
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!”
“This man is having a heart attack! Does anyone here know how to ride a stick pony?!?!?”
It’s kind of like the new, “But I did stay at a Holiday Inn Express last night,” isn’t it?