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News Release: UCPD arrests drunken horseback rider for animal cruelty

(Photo courtesy of Daily Camera, via @LostontheHill)

RELEASED: September 9, 2013

CONTACT:    Ryan Huff, Communications Manager, Police Department
                        303-492-7581 /

Editor’s Note: Please contact the Boulder County Jail for a booking photo.

At 2:14 p.m. today, police dispatchers received a report of a man repeatedly hitting his horse in the area of Broadway and Baseline Road. Witnesses said the man hit the horse hard enough that it reared up on its hind legs. University of Colorado police officers later saw the man near Broadway and College Avenue riding his horse, Dillon, while carrying his dog, a pug named Bufford. Officers observed that the rider was slumped to his right side as he crossed streets and forced pedestrians off the sidewalk.

Officers asked the rider, Patrick Neal Schumacher, to dismount the horse. At that time, Schumacher slurred his words and appeared intoxicated. Schumacher failed roadside intoxication tests. A small black powder pistol and beer cans were found in his saddle bag. When asked about witness reports of striking his horse, Schumacher said that he was just trying to hit a fly on Dillon’s head. Schumacher, 45, of Colorado Springs, was then arrested on the following charges:

·         Animal cruelty (Class 1 misdemeanor)

·         Prohibited use of weapons (Class 2 misdemeanor)

·         Riding a horse while under the influence of alcohol (Traffic infraction)

·         Reckless endangerment (Class 3 misdemeanor)

Schumacher told officers that he was traveling from Larkspur, Colo., to Bryce, Utah (a 600-mile journey by car) on his horse in an effort to attend his brother’s wedding. Schumacher said he previously lost his driver’s license, so he decided to ride his horse to Utah.

The Boulder Police Department Animal Control Unit, Boulder Open Space and Mountain Parks and Humane Society of Boulder Valley helped facilitate the safekeeping of Dillon and Bufford. The Case Number is 13-1983.