Shutdown casualty: Equine event loses permit

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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (AP) - A two-day trail ride that attracts competitors and their horses from around the West has been cancelled because of the federal shutdown. 

The Bureau of Land Management gave the bad news to organizers of this weekend's Rabbit Valley Competitive Trail Ride. 

The Grand Junction Sentinel reports the ride usually attracts 60 competitors from Arizona, New Mexico and Colorado's Front Range.

In the competition, horses and riders negotiate 20- to 30-mile loops each day. 

The rides are timed but competitors also are judged on their horsemanship. 

Rabbit Valley is located north of the Colorado River in Mesa County.

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