Ride of 600 miles to wedding comes unstuck with arrest

Patrick Neal Schumacher has been arrested on four charges.
Patrick Neal Schumacher has been arrested on four charges. © Daily Camera, via @LostontheHill

It began as the most brotherly of gestures, a 600-mile horse ride to attend his brother’s wedding in Utah.

Aboard his trusty horse, Dillon, and accompanied by his pug named Bufford, 45-year-old Patrick Neal Schumacher began his trek from Larkspur, Colorado.

But it all turned sour for him in Boulder – before he reached the state border -when Schumacher was arrested for alleged animal cruelty, riding a horse on the road while affected by alcohol, a firearms infraction, and reckless endangerment.

Police in Boulder received a call about 2.15pm on Monday from a member of the public reporting that a man had repeatedly hit his horse in the area of Broadway and Baseline Road.

Witnesses said the man hit the horse hard enough for the animal to rear.

University of Colorado police officers later saw the man near Broadway and College Avenue riding Dillon and carrying Bufford.

Officers saw that Schumacher was slumped to his right in the saddle as he crossed streets and forced pedestrians off the sidewalk.

Officers asked Schumacher to dismount. They noticed he was slurring his words and appeared drunk.

Schumacher failed roadside intoxication tests.

A small black-powder pistol and beer cans were found in his saddle bag.

When asked about the report of him striking his horse, Schumacher said he was just trying to hit a fly on Dillon’s head.

Schumacher was then arrested for animal cruelty, prohibited use of weapons, riding a horse while affected by alcohol – a traffic violation – and reckless endangerment.

Schumacher told officers that he was traveling on Dillon from Larkspur, Colorado, to Bryce, Utah, – a 600-mile journey – in an effort to attend his brother’s wedding.

Schumacher said he previously lost his driver’s license, so decided to ride to Utah instead.

The Boulder Police Department Animal Control Unit, Boulder Open Space and Mountain Parks, and the Humane Society of Boulder Valley helped organize the safekeeping of Dillon and Bufford.


8 thoughts on “Ride of 600 miles to wedding comes unstuck with arrest

  • September 11, 2013 at 3:00 pm

    “Life’s tough. But it’s tougher if you’re stupid.”
    John Wayne …

  • September 11, 2013 at 3:03 pm

    Oh pathetic. I can actually imagine someone drunk enough to keep hurting the horse to get the fly. And if they tend to get that drunk and are riding around with a pistol this guy was not safe for man nor beast. Next time he might try to SHOOT the fly.

  • September 11, 2013 at 3:48 pm

    Tough luck, man.

  • September 11, 2013 at 7:37 pm

    OK, lets take out the sentimental ‘shite’, & get back to reality. He needs a dose of reality, not booze, it is OK to put his horse, dog & other road users at risk. He ought to graze out the horse, pay a kennels for the pug & catch a Greyhound!

  • September 12, 2013 at 6:00 am

    I’ll take Dillon in a heartbeat.

  • September 13, 2013 at 7:05 pm

    This man is a complete douchebag! He and my mother were married back in 2001. He LOST HIS LICENSE because he tried to Kill her in an vehicle accident. His black powder pistol was used to kill my cat when I was a child!
    He rode a horse named Thunder into Colorado from Alabama. And has ALWAYS been a drunken ass!

  • September 13, 2013 at 7:07 pm

    By the way, I called Boulder police and explained who I was. Then offered to take Dillon myself!!! He is gorgeous! Thunder was too… but, rest his soul, died in 2000 with over 8,000 miles on his hooves!


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