Horses go missing from fairgrounds, walked off into the night and disappeared


UPDATE (May 22): Horses have been found up Cache Creek. They enjoyed a week in the wild and are probably eager to head back home to Ft. Washakie and get back to ranch life and rodeoing.

Two horses have turned up missing at the Teton County Fairgrounds over the weekend during a barrel racing event.

Fort Washakie cowgirl Shyla Nicholas last saw her grey gelding and seven-year-old sorrel at about 3am Saturday night/Sunday morning. When she went to feed in the morning, they were gone.

A police investigation likely rules out foul play at this point. It seems, according to Jackson Police Department Corporal Roger Schultz, the horses pushed down a fence and walked off.

Brand inspector Jim Maher said Nicholas used a hotwire that was not electrified. The horses figured that out and left the property.

“We’ve had it happen before at the fair grounds,” Maher said, “but we usually get a call from neighbors in those cases. We haven’t heard anything yet and spent about three or four hours looking yesterday.”

One horse is a thick grey gelding with no brand. The other is a sorrel with a white stripe and white hind socks. It is wearing a “4—H” (Four Bar H) brand.

Residents who spot the horses are asked to call Shyla at (307) 349-9024, or call local law enforcement.

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