New York City Mayor Seeks to Limit Carriage Horses

first_img Horse Sport Enews The New York City carriage horse trade is facing major changes if a proposal spearheaded by Mayor Bill de Blasio is approved by City Council.De Blasio, who promised to eliminate carriage horses in New York City as part of his 2013 mayoral race campaign, wants to see the number horses currently working in the city reduced from 220 to 75.Further, de Blasio’s plan would see a stable built in Central Park to house the horses, by October 1, 2018. This would be the first time in 159 years that the park would contain a stable for commercial carriage horses. The estimated cost of construction is $25-million of taxpayers’ money – a point of contention for many.De Blasio has also suggested that pedicabs (person powered tricycles designed to carry tourists) be banned from operating inside Central Park below 85th Street, thereby eliminating the carriage horses’ top competitor within their operating area.Read more at the New York Times. Email* We’ll send you our regular newsletter and include you in our monthly giveaways. PLUS, you’ll receive our exclusive Rider Fitness digital edition with 15 exercises for more effective riding. More from Horse Sport:Christilot Boylen Retires From Team SportAfter an exemplary career as one of Canada’s top Dressage riders, seven-time Olympian Christilot Boylen has announced her retirement from team competition.2020 Royal Agricultural Winter Fair CancelledFor only the second time in its history, The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair has been cancelled but plans are being made for some virtual competitions.Royal Agricultural Winter Fair Statement on 2020 EventAs the Province of Ontario starts to reopen, The Royal’s Board and staff will adhere to all recommendations put forward by government and health officials.Government Financial Assistance for Ontario FarmersOntario Equestrian has recently released this update of several financial assistance packages available, including those for farm business. Subscribe to the Horse Sport newsletter and get an exclusive bonus digital edition! SIGN UP last_img read more