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Virus forces college rodeo cancellations

DICKINSON, N.D. -- A virus spread among horses has forced the cancellation of the Dickinson State University Blue Hawk Stampede rodeo.

Dickinson State Coach Eudell Larsen said that because of another outbreak of equine herpesvirus, often called EHV, the Great Plains Region of the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association has decided to cancel both of its remaining rodeos in Dickinson and Spearfish, S.D.

Because the rodeos are being canceled, the current standings, which can be found on, will be the qualifications to make it to the College National Finals Rodeo.

EHV is a serious horse virus that can spread easily. It can sometimes lead to a fatal illness and force owners to euthanize horses.

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