A man named RaShaod Crosson, 29, rode his quarter horse ‘Ellie’ from Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium to North Capitol Street in Washington D.C. The two turned heads along the way, leaving some D.C. residents and workers wondering what was going on.
What was going on, was just an animal caretaker from Maryland who says he wanted to take advantage of the nice weather and expose D.C. children to the magic of horses.
“As horse riders, we always watch the weather, so when it’s a good day, we try to go out and ride. I’m always riding in Maryland. I’m going to go out to the community where I was born.”
“There are a lot of children who have never seen a horse in person. I put a lot of smiles on children’s faces. Even down to the MPD officers: I met sergeants and lieutenants, [with] their body cams. They stopped to take pictures.”
A former D.C. Public Schools student and a veteran, Crosson says he grew up in Southwest and moved around the region. Now, he’s one of the owners of a horseback-riding farm in Brandywine, Maryland.
On Monday, Crosson drove himself and Ellie from the farm in Brandywine to the RFK Stadium grounds. They then proceeded west to commercial avenues, residential side streets, and even a few schools. He let passersby pet and mount Ellie, the 15-year-old rescue horse he adopted in December.
Later that afternoon, someone alerted the Metropolitan Police Department to “a subject riding a horse on the street.” Although officers responded, an incident report wasn’t written up. The spokesperson notes that it’s legal to ride a horse in the District, but a rider “must follow all traffic regulations” and have up-to-date “exotic animal” permits from the D.C. Health Department.
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