College finals rodeo still on despite horse virus



CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Organizers are going ahead with a Wyoming rodeo that attracts teams from more than 100 colleges from around the U.S. and Canada, despite the spread of a highly contagious virus that can kill horses.

The College National Finals Rodeo is scheduled for June 11-18 in Casper. Roger Walters of the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association says he’s not aware of any teams or contestants pulling out of the competition.

State veterinarians are leaving it up to event organizers to decide whether to cancel.

The Equine Herpes Virus-1 has infected dozens of horses in at least 11 states and Canada. At least nine horses have died.