In one of the saddest stories I've ever seen on local news, the contestants in the Davis County (Utah) Sheriff's Mounted Posse Junior Queen Contest were forced to compete sans steeds thanks to the potentially deadly (to the horses) outbreak. Because the show must go on (or something), the young girls were forced to ride stick horses and still do their routines.
There's sad and then there's this; it's a whole other level. First here's the story (with the AMAZING headline of: "Horse herpes outbreak forces rodeo queens to ride stick ponies"):
Personally, I LOVE the girl being like, "this is great because if later in life I come upon a similar situation I'll know how to handle it." I mean, I can't count how many times I've been forced to walk around and pretend to do a routine on my feet because my horse developed herpes. If I had to, I'd say probably ten million times.
Then, after the jump, check out the far sadder and more depressing b-roll video of the girls prancing around the ring. What assholes thought this was a good idea?