Huntsville Police help round up ponies that escaped from the Rocket City Fair

The miniature horses were running around for nearly an hour before they were able to be corralled back.

Posted: May 18, 2018 9:40 AM
Updated: May 18, 2018 10:54 AM

Several exotic African animals are making their home in Huntsville this weekend for the Rocket City Fair including lemurs, camels and a zebra.

However, the creatures who stole the spotlight Friday morning were six miniature horses who decided to go out on the lamb.

Hendrick Swinepoel is the supervisor of Eudora Farms, which manages the exotic animals. He contracted with a farm in Connecticut to bring the ponies to the fair.

He told WAAY 31 that the ranch hands were setting up the harness for the pony ride when the ponies were able to find a gap in the fence and made a run for it around 5:40 a.m.

"It's the first time [this happened]," Swinepoel said. "First time for everything."

Swinepoel came out early to help out after he was called and told the miniature horses got loose.

"It looks like they're having fun, but we're not having fun to get them all corralled back together," Swinepoel said.

Several Huntsville Police officers became honorary ranchers Friday morning as they also helped to keep the ponies out of Leeman Ferry Road and away from South Memorial Parkway.

"The horses running with the police just trying to help us. That is awesome," Swinepoel said. "I'm from South Africa where nobody would help you like this."

By about 6:45 a.m., all of the ponies were brought back safely to their pen. Swinepoel hopes there will be no more horsing around for the rest of the fair.

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