So, Now We Have Horse Racing In The Trinity Tailgating Lots

Our arch rival loses, we win a game, and a police officer horse race in the tailgating lots. What a day!
A tale of two horse stories. Check out the true story, and the “official” story.

As we get to the car, we see a bunch of State Highway Patrol standing around (some on
Horseback) and cheering. We look up and two horses with riders are racing each other
down the main aisle in Trinity lot. We found out later that one had bet the other he
could beat him in a race without holding on with his hands
. Anyway, they are racing down and
all of a sudden one of them gets clotheslined on a cable coming down from a wooden pole
(street lamp maybe?) and the rider comes off hard.

The horse is now wildly running through the lot, nearly running over a small kid before the
other cops on horseback intercept. The cop that got clotheslined is able to walk, but has
hurt his arm pretty bad. I didn’t get too close, but could see blood even from where I was. A White Unmarked SUV picks him up in short order, apparently after being radioed to come get him. The small kid was visibly upset by it all.

Absolutely brilliant. It is the type of behavior you’d expect from drunk college kids in the lots, not
from the public servants that are supposed to be protecting people. I’m sure it will get swept under the rug. Anyone else on the boards happen to see this?

Here is the official story from the police department:

Raleigh — A Garner police officer underwent surgery on his thumb Saturday night after he was injured in a horse-riding accident. Officer John Taylor and several other police officers were scheduled to patrol the N.C. State University football game on horseback Saturday.

The officers took the horses for a run in a parking lot near Trinity Road before the game to keep the animals from being skittish around the large crowd. Taylor’s horse strayed off and ran into a guide wire from a light pole, authorities said. The horse was not injured, but Taylor’s thumb was torn and had to be operated on, officials said

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54 Responses to So, Now We Have Horse Racing In The Trinity Tailgating Lots

  1. noah 10/28/2007 at 5:39 PM #

    Exactly the type of behavior I expect, sad to say.

  2. noah 10/28/2007 at 5:45 PM #

    And, please…before anyone starts channeling Rudy Giuliani and screaming about how horrible it is that I’d dare say anything negative about police officers…please take five minutes and think back to the types of stories we’ve heard about local cops this year.

    Larry Harris
    No-Tell Motels being replaced by NCHP cars
    NCHP sexually harassing female drivers
    Raleigh cop in Wendell getting busted selling crack
    K-9 cops getting the beatdown from their handlers…

    and now this.

  3. RabidWolf 10/28/2007 at 7:47 PM #


  4. noah 10/28/2007 at 7:55 PM #

    It’s been all over the blog.

  5. packfanstk 10/28/2007 at 7:59 PM #

    The officers took the horses for a run in a parking lot near Trinity Road before the game to keep the animals from being skittish around the large crowd…….MY ASS. That’s a baldfaced lie. Horses are tested and trained long before being assigned to crowd control duty. Horses that get skittish around crowds simply ARE NOT used for situations where crowds are likely to happen. I shot and edited a series of stories about mounted law enforcement years ago, and was privvy to exactly how these horses AND THEIR HANDLERS are trained. This is just another example of the NC State administration’s screwed up attitude coming around to bite them. Punish the alumni with stupid tailgating restrictions in the paid lots, punish the students by having them and them alone endure security measures more excessive than the Pentagon’s, and hire the stupidest, most childish, arrogant, power-tripped, a-holes that act worse than the people they’re supposedly out there to identify to enforce it all.

  6. choppack1 10/28/2007 at 8:06 PM #

    Yep – and while we’re at it, let’s look at what some teachers have done too!

  7. GoldenChain 10/28/2007 at 8:25 PM #

    I don’t have a problem with mounted patrols (maybe in my old age I feel like I need to be protected from …well…some of you!) especially if it discourages some of the really bad behavior against visiting fans and families. However when irresponsible kids are supervising irresponsible kids I’m not seeing what’s being accomplished.
    Look at it this way, for what law officers are paid, we’re probably getting what we pay for!

  8. redfred2 10/29/2007 at 12:51 AM #

    Side note:

    “With his family out of town, Rivers donated the seats in his luxury box to families and relatives of four state firefighters who injured doing their jobs.”

    I know that noah probably hates firefighters too 😉 but you have to admit that was a nice thing for P Rivers to do anyway.

  9. Clarksa 10/29/2007 at 6:26 AM #

    We’ll lose an hour of tailgating next year because of this…

  10. Redblogger 10/29/2007 at 9:08 AM #

    Hate to side track us, but what’s the deal with the Javi thumb hoax?

  11. noah 10/29/2007 at 9:35 AM #

    Nobody dislikes firefighters. Saying you don’t like firefighters is like saying you don’t like golden retrievers or black labs. There’s something wrong with you if you don’t like firefighters.

    I’ve worked with thousands of cops and thousands of firefighters. Never met a firefighter who wasn’t a terrific guy or girl.

  12. StorminNorman 10/29/2007 at 10:07 AM #

    Noah you are a saint. I’ll bet you can walk on water. Have you been persecuted or harrassed by the cops in the past. Every profession has screwups. When a cop does something wrong, its in the news. The majority of cops problems are poor judgement, lack of discipline not criminal activity. For example the two cops on Saturday thought they were at the Breeders Cup, and the NCHP guys are horny with a big sex drive. How many men turn it down sex working or not. Noah you probably would not give in to a woman’s desires or your lusty heart. Stop being so critical because we are perfect like you.

  13. noah 10/29/2007 at 10:29 AM #


    Sorry. When *you* get pepper spray, a baton and a f-ing gun and a badge, *I* get to demand more from you. When you get to hold someone for 24 hours for no reason whatsoever without consequence, society MUST demand more from you.

    If you are not up to those standards, go be a cashier at a gas station and no one will give a damn what you do. If you put on that uniform, you’re g-d right I’m going to hold you to the absolute highest standard there is.

  14. FrankManor 10/29/2007 at 10:31 AM #

    they have equines on F Bomb alley now?

    It would definitely class up the joint if this trend continues.

  15. joe 10/29/2007 at 11:02 AM #

    You are using the “idiot board” as a source?

  16. ClassOf91 10/29/2007 at 11:16 AM #

    I was the one who originally posted this over at PP. It definitely happened, and there are other posters over there who later posted that saw it as well (some with much more knowledge about it than I had).

  17. ClassOf91 10/29/2007 at 11:17 AM #

    “they have equines on F Bomb alley now?

    It would definitely class up the joint if this trend continues.”

    I think you have your lots confused. Trinity lot is very tame.

  18. FrankManor 10/29/2007 at 11:17 AM #


  19. joe 10/29/2007 at 11:23 AM #

    I would think the N&O would be interested in this story if they don’t already know about it.

  20. noah 10/29/2007 at 11:27 AM #

    The lot near the vet school is the “f-bomb alley” lot, correct?

  21. PortAuthority 10/29/2007 at 11:34 AM #

    Off the subject, but where can I find our 08 Football opponents? Conf and OOC.

  22. statered 10/29/2007 at 11:37 AM #

    Fairground lots is where the bad stuff happened. The Trinity lots are across the street, net to where faculty and the former athletes park.

  23. noah 10/29/2007 at 11:40 AM #


    2008: @ South Carolina (Thu/Aug 28/ESPN), William & Mary, South Florida (Sep 27)

    2009: South Carolina (Thu/Sep 3/ESPN), Pittsburgh, ECU,

    2010: Cincinnati, @ ECU, Western Carolina

    2011: @ Cincinnati

    2012: Tennessee, UConn (home or away?)

    2013: @ Pittsburgh, @Tennessee, ECU

    2014: (potential vs Oklahoma State), @ South Florida (Sep 13)

    2015: (potential return vs Oklahoma State)

    2016: @ ECU

    2017: LSU

    2020: LSU

  24. LRM 10/29/2007 at 11:42 AM #

    We park in the Trinity Lot, and I was very pleased with how laid back, friendly, and customer-service-oriented the parking attendants were this week compared to previous weeks. We had a cooker that took up an entire spot and they gave us no flack and actually helped us keep a spot open for a friend that was arriving a little late when we mentioned it to them. We’d had issues before with similar situations, but whatever changes they’ve made I’m pleased with.

    As for trouble out there, in my experience the Trinity Lot is usally very tame; an all-around great tailgating atmosphere.

  25. FrankManor 10/29/2007 at 11:47 AM #

    Enough about “tailgating”; where are the places where you can go get drunk in a parking lot?

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