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EHV-1 threatens horses lives and the economy

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PASCO, Wash.- Equine Herpes Virus 1 is not only threatening the lives of horses, it's also costing the Tri-Cities and horse clubs money. 

"500 people over 4 days so it's pretty substantial if you assume 200 per person.  That would be $100,000 spent locally," says TRAC General Manager.

Dollars not spent this memorial day weekend, because a barrel racing competition at the TRAC in Pasco had to be rescheduled for labor day.

The Franklin County Saddle Club's president Jan Kerns fears that if this outbreak continues much longer they might go under. 

"We do not have the funds or the ability to open up again anywhere else, if we shut down we're gone."

The club's facility serves several youth groups, like the 4-H Club and Pasture Pals. 

"They learn to be responsible for something, caring, I think they learn anger management, they learn how to win and they learn how to lose."

Kerns says what upsets her most is all the memories that won't be made if the Saddle Club closes down. 

"I'm in contact right now with someone whose father just died.  She says her favorite memories as a child is her and her father riding together.  So it means a lot of things to a lot of people."