Mesa County Fairgrounds to lift equine restrictions

Mesa County Fairgrounds officials announced Friday the temporary ban on horses at the fairgrounds will be lifted as of Wednesday. Two horse events planned for next weekend, team roping and barrel racing, are expected to take place as scheduled.

Mesa County imposed the ban on horses at the fairgrounds May 18 in the wake of an outbreak of equine herpes virus throughout the West that apparently originated at a horse show in Ogden, Utah, in early May. Nine cases of the disease have been confirmed in Colorado, including several on private property in Mesa County.

The disease is highly contagious among horses, and to reduce the possibility of problems in the future, the fairgrounds has instituted the following measures:

There will be self-service sanitation stations throughout the facilities.

The equestrian facilities will be disinfected, following U.S. Department of Agriculture recommendations, before and after each horse event.

Informational handouts and instructional signs will be available throughout the facility for horse owners.

For information, visit the fairgrounds’ website at


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