Watch rancher get busted for “riding animal on public street”.
Jobin Panicker from WFAA tells us about Rick Braun a rancher from Lucas, West Kansas. He’s lived on his open ranch in this Collin County town just east of Allen. for 11 years. He finds peace in the saddle, but lately it’s been more pain. He was recently cited by Allen police for “riding animal on public street.”
“It’s horse country!” he said. “Everywhere you go, there’s horses everywhere.”
Rick Braun was ticketed for riding his horse on Allen streets.
But that argument didn’t register with Allen authorities after he and friends rode into that city from Lucas two weeks ago. They had stopped over at a Taco Bell on Stacy Road. Braun said he’s been going there by horse for years, often two to three nights a week.
Allen police spokesman Jon Felty said officers had warned Braun repeatedly. “We’ve asked them, please don’t do this,” he said.
Allen’s city code, Chapter 3-18F, outlines the police point of view.
It is unlawful for anyone to ride or drive an animal on a public sidewalk.
It is unlawful for anyone to ride or drive an animal within any portion of the street or right-of-way of a heavily traveled street.
“You show me what roadway around here is not heavily traveled,” Felty said. “They all are heavily traveled.”
In this case, Braun was near Stacy Road in Allen. But Braun maintained that his group was riding along a greenbelt nearly the entire way. He concedes there were a couple of streets they had to cross to make it to the restaurant, but that traffic was minimal.
“At 5:30 in the afternoon? Yes. But at 10:30 at night? No!” Braun said.
Police said they received complaints from residents about horse droppings, and even said Braun’s darker horses are a safety issue.
Rick Braun was ticketed for riding his horse on a public street in Allen. (Photo: WFAA)
“These horses are not visible,” Felty said. “They’re riding along roadways, and they’re not visible late at night.”
Braun said he never heard one complaint over years of riding into town.
It took the city four days to get back to them on the citation, which lists a $266 fine.
“None of them knew what the ordinance said,” Braun argued. “If they leave it the way it is, it’s vague, and nobody knows.”
The riders plan to fight the citation in court next week. Beyond that, Braun and his friends are fighting for clarity, because they have every intention to continue riding their horses where it is deemed legal.