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Published May 28, 2011, 09:34 PM

Stick horses used in contest amid equine outbreak

SALT LAKE CITY — A deadly strain of a fast-spreading horse virus that's shown up in nine Western states — where cases have doubled in the last week — has forced contestants vying for the title of “posse junior queen” in one Utah county to ride stick horses to demonstrate their cowgirl skills.

By: Josh Loftin, Associated Press

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