Whoa Nelly! Horse bolts at NYC event, sparks chase

September 19, 2011 - 2:20 AM

NEW YORK (AP) — Manhattan's West Side became the Wild West when a horse broke free during a cowboy event and took off, sparking a chase through the streets of Harlem.

The New York Post reports that the horse ran about six blocks before it was corralled by police officers in Riverside Park. No one was injured in the chaos Sunday.

Witness Terrance Jones tells the newspaper that it looked like a parade was going on, with people dressed up like cowboys and horses trotting up Broadway Avenue, when a handler lost control of the horse and dropped its reigns.

Another witness, Ragu Kanimalla, says an officer told her the animal "just went crazy and ran down the street."

Mike Davis, a member of the Federation of Black Cowboys, a Queens-based club of urban horse enthusiasts, says he doesn't know how the horse got away from its handler.

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Information from: New York Post, http://www.nypost.com