Wednesday, October 09, 2013

Shutdown kicks family, horses out of national park - Full Article & Video

Posted: Oct 08, 2013 8:48 PM MDT
By Kristin Tallent

HERNANDO, Miss. (FOX13) -

As the federal government shut down hits its second week, a weekend of fun turned into panic for Anne Liddell and her horses.

The Alabama Yellowhammer Pioneer Endurance Ride is a popular event for horse enthusiasts that takes place each year at the Talladega National Forest.

This year, the event was shortened because of the government shutdown, and riders and their horses were kicked out of the park late in the evening, potentially putting them in danger.

To Liddell, horses are family. She's been riding since she was a child, but she's never experienced anything like she did last weekend at the endurance ride.

"Around about 8 o'clock on Friday evening, we were told there were law enforcement people on their way and we needed to pack up and leave," she said.

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