CNFR Tightens the Rope on Virus Prevention

K2's Ophelia Young reports, 

Though some horse events nationwide have been canceled in fear of spreading the Equine Herpes Virus, CNFR has definitely not been.  And that is because CNFR staff have gone above and beyond to protect the horses. 

The epidemic has simmered down--for now at least--and while the virus never reached a Wyoming stable, CNFR staff began prevention with a decontamination process of the Casper Events Center and the Fairgrounds...even two weeks before any of the cowboys and cowgirls arrived. 

When they finally rode into town...they asked for stringent health checks and certifications...completed 72 hours before the horses would touch ground. 

And even now, they've hired staff to be on the lookout for symptoms which are high temperatures and runny noses. 

Participants say the extra requirements this year were a hassle.  But they also say the trouble was worth the safety of their horses.