Drunk horse-riders

March 28, 2009

animals, criminal law

Source: http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,485348,00.html ; http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/tyne/7861406.stm ; http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/tyne/7861406.stm


Who’d have thought that drunk riding was so popular? You wait all year for a drunken horse-riding case and three come along at the same time!


In Cody (Wyoming), 28-year old Benjamin Daniels was charged with public intoxication after slowly riding a white horse along a street during a snowstorm. Police said he was a road hazard.


The same month, when 31-year old Maxine Wiltshire was riding her horse around Hemel Hempstead (UK), her horse lost a shoe. Unable to ride him back to the stables, Ms Wiltshire called a relative to pick her up in a trailer. While she was waiting however, she proceeded to drink two small bottles of vodka. Later that afternoon, Police were called to the Greenacres pub in the shopping centre to deal with a clearly intoxicated Ms Wiltshire. Indeed, witnesses stated that when a dog walker asked Ms Wiltshire to steer clear of his pet, she replied: “My horse will eat your dog!” In court, Ms Wiltshire accepted that it was unwise to take the horse into the shopping centre and pleaded guilty to being drunk in charge of a horse in a public place. She was fined £50 plus £50 costs.


31-year old Geoffrey Blacklin was also fined for riding while intoxicated. In this case, it was for riding bareback through the streets of Newcastle. He was charged under the 1872 Licensing Act and fined £150  and £35 costs for being caught drunk “in charge of a carriage horse, cattle or steam engine.”


On each occasion none of the horses were charged. Although I think this may have been due to their failure to blow into the breathalyzer correctly!

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Associate Professor in Sports Law, Staffordshire University; British Gymnastics Senior Coach

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