Unique standoff between police and horse riders - WMBFNews.com, Myrtle Beach/Florence SC, Weather

Unique standoff between police and horse riders

GARDEN CITY BEACH, SC (WMBF) - For 33 years, thousands of people and horses have been making their way to the Grand Strand to participate in the American Heart Association Beach Ride.

As the name would suggest, the ride is supposed to be on the beach. Unfortunately, that's not what happened.

"It wasn't anybody's fault, I don't think. But they kind of deterred us off the beach,” said Lori Freeman, one of the many riders in town.

Freeman traveled all the way from Ridgeway, SC to ride down the beach for her father and stepfather.

Like usual, the riders started in Surfside Beach, but this year went south instead of north. The ride usually goes into Myrtle Beach, but this year, a dredging project forced them to go the other way down the beach.

When they got to Garden City Beach, they didn't get the welcome they were expecting.

"They said that there wasn't a county beach permit for us to ride on Garden City Beaches,” Freeman said.

Horry County Police officers broke the bad news.

It is illegal to ride a horse in Garden City Beach without a special event permit. It turns out the organizers got a permit for Surfside Beach. But police told them they didn't have records of a permit with Garden City Beach.

Officers had no other choice but to turn them back.

"It was very disappointing to be stopped at the beach and say 'turn around,'” Freeman said.

Many of the riders hadn't reached their 20 mile goal, so they asked police what they could do.

They were given two options: turn around and go back, or continue on to the Garden City pier on the road.

"We rode on down here just to get our miles in, so that everybody will be happy because I've got a lot of people who paid a lot of money to do this,” Freeman added.

Staying persistent, most of the riders made their mileage goals and even made it back on the beach.

While the day may have been frustrating, many say they were proud of how they kept on riding.

"I don't know that it was anybody's fault,” Freeman said. “It just happened, and we made the best of it.”

Horry County Police Sergeant Muldoon tells WMBF News that the riders should have no problems next year if they get the correct permits.

Copyright 2014 WMBF News. All rights reserved.

  • Local NewsLocalMore>>

  • Scotland County Schools closed through Sept. 28

    Scotland County Schools closed through Sept. 28

    Sunday, September 23 2018 8:53 PM EDT2018-09-24 00:53:15 GMT
    Source: Scotland County NCSource: Scotland County NC
    Source: Scotland County NCSource: Scotland County NC
    SCOTLAND COUNTY, NC (WMBF) — Another school system has opted to keep it's doors closed in the aftermath of Hurricane Florence.  Schools will be closed for students Monday, September 24 - Friday, September 28.  These days will be required teacher workdays for staff, including teacher assistants.   Friday, October 5 was previously on the calendar as a teacher workday/professional development day.  It will now be a regular school day for students and sta...More >>
    SCOTLAND COUNTY, NC (WMBF) — Another school system has opted to keep it's doors closed in the aftermath of Hurricane Florence.  Schools will be closed for students Monday, September 24 - Friday, September 28.  These days will be required teacher workdays for staff, including teacher assistants.   Friday, October 5 was previously on the calendar as a teacher workday/professional development day.  It will now be a regular school day for students and sta...More >>
  • 'I'm not going to be silenced': Sister of woman killed in van pens heartfelt message

    'I'm not going to be silenced': Sister of woman killed in van pens heartfelt message

    Sunday, September 23 2018 7:51 PM EDT2018-09-23 23:51:01 GMT
    Nicolette Green (Source: Donnela Green-Johnson)Nicolette Green (Source: Donnela Green-Johnson)

    MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) — The family of a woman killed after a van was swept away in flood waters in Nichols earlier this week is speaking out. Jewels Green, the sister of Nicolette Green, took to Facebook Sunday to address the circumstances surrounding her sister's passing.  "I am seeking justice for my sister. I want answers. I want admissions of guilt and culpability. I want reform for mental health illness policies and procedures," Green wrote. ...

    More >>

    MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) — The family of a woman killed after a van was swept away in flood waters in Nichols earlier this week is speaking out. Jewels Green, the sister of Nicolette Green, took to Facebook Sunday to address the circumstances surrounding her sister's passing.  "I am seeking justice for my sister. I want answers. I want admissions of guilt and culpability. I want reform for mental health illness policies and procedures," Green wrote. ...

    More >>
  • Boil water advisory lifted for Garden City Point Water System customers

    Boil water advisory lifted for Garden City Point Water System customers

    Sunday, September 23 2018 6:07 PM EDT2018-09-23 22:07:59 GMT
    (Source: AP Graphics)(Source: AP Graphics)

    GEORGETOWN, SC (WMBF) — Customers of Garden City Point Water System will need to boil water for at least a minute after a water line break caused loss of pressure.  In a statement released Saturday, Geiorgetown County officials warned residents of the additional precaution.  Georgetown County Water and Sewer District advises the residents of Garden City Point to continue to boil their water for at least one (1) full minute prior to drinking or cooking until otherwis...

    More >>

    GEORGETOWN, SC (WMBF) — Customers of Garden City Point Water System will need to boil water for at least a minute after a water line break caused loss of pressure.  In a statement released Saturday, Geiorgetown County officials warned residents of the additional precaution.  Georgetown County Water and Sewer District advises the residents of Garden City Point to continue to boil their water for at least one (1) full minute prior to drinking or cooking until otherwis...

    More >>
Powered by Frankly