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Call to ban off-road jockeys


MARIA BRADSHAW, [email protected]

Call to ban off-road jockeys

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A WOMAN IS APPEALING to Government to enact legislation to prevent young boys and men from riding horses on the streets.

Deborah Ward, of Brittons Hill, St Michael, had a terrifying experience on Monday when a horse which was being ridden by a teenager, collided with her car and extensively damaged it. She also complained of pain to her back, while the horse and the youngster were given medical treatment.

Ward told the MIDWEEK NATION she was driving down Beckles Road, St Michael, around 6 p.m. on her way to the beach when the incident took place.

“When I get by Curwens Avenue, I felt this loud thump and I lost control of my vehicle, only to realise that a youngster came from a side road riding a horse and could not get the horse controlled. The horse hit right into my car. I nearly hit a guy and a van that was parked. I was screaming but I had to control the car and I pulled up on the right. Had not for my quick thinking, it could’ve been worse.”

She said the teen immediately rode away with the horse, but a passer-by flagged down a police car and reported the incident.

Police, she added, followed the trail of the horse’s blood to the youngster’s house, from where he and the animal were taken for medical attention. (MB)

Read the full story in today’s Midweek Nation, or in the eNATION edition.

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