Horse show in Routt County canceled as precaution against infectious disease
September 11, 2015
Steamboat Springs — The organizers of the Cayuse Classic Horse Show have canceled the event scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 12, at Saddle Mountain Ranch as a precautionary measure to safeguard the horses after receiving a report of a case of vesicular stomatitis in Routt County.
Saddle Mountain Ranch and the Community Agriculture Alliance issued a statement reading: "Pending assurances from our veterinarians and the availability of judges and volunteers, the show may be rescheduled later this fall."
Vesicular stomatitis is a viral disease that primarily affects horses and cattle, and occasionally, swine, sheep, goats, llama and alpacas. Though it rarely affects humans, it is possible for people who have handled infected animals to contract the disease, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Symptoms in livestock include excessive salivation at the outset, followed by blister-like lesions on the inner surfaces of the lips, gums and tongue. Lesions may also form on the nostrils and teats.
A promotional poster for the Ag Alliance describes the Cayuse Classic as the the "only local horse show beside the Routt County Fair.”