Dallas Schmidt, a reining and working cowhorse trainer from Cooperstown, North Dakota, was mugged outside of his room at the Baymont Hotel located at the
Dublin/Granville Road exit in Columbus, Ohio on Thursday evening. Schmidt was in Columbus attending the Congress. Schmidt, his wife
DaLayne, and their young daughter Bailey had just returned to their room, and
Dallas went back to his truck to get a baby bottle.
According to accounts by wife DaLayne, Dallas had parked by some trees and while he was
standing on the running boards looking for the bottle, two men came out of the
trees and approached him. They told him they wanted his money.
Dallas had just emptied his pockets in the room and had nothing for
Armed with nothing more than his rock grinders, Schmidt started kicking
his attackers and was able to scare them off. Police later found one of
the alleged attackers who was severely injured and is now in intensive
care. The spur went under his chin, through his tongue and in to his
palate. Because the spur was dirty, he is now fighting an infection.
Schmidt claims that the Baymont Hotel management told him that this
wasn't the first time hotel guests had been harassed. "If this has
happened before, where is security or the police?" Schmidt questioned the
day after the event.
Fortunately, the Schmidt family escaped unharmed. However, this is a tough reminder to
always be aware when traveling, no matter where you are.
UPDATE: According to Sargent Weiner with the Columbus
Police Department, official police reports indicate that Mr. Schmidt was
approached by two men outside his hotel room who asked him for money.
Feeling he was in a potentially vulnerable situation, Schmidt did report
kicking one of the men with his spur. However, neither of the two men
have been taken into custody and nobody was reported to have been
admitted to the hospital as a result of the incident. Our apologies to all
involved for any inaccuracies with earlier reports.
The unknowing public often believes that spurs are a cruel device used on horses. The reality is that a gentle touch with a spur is all the cue most horses require for them to perform certain tasks. These large, gentle animals are much smarter than most believe them to be. The spur is a learning tool. Your assailants were probably not nearly as smart as the average horse, but hopefully, they learned a valuable lesson from your well aimed and forcefully delivered cue. Good job, cowboy.
This is a story for the grandchildren... So happy you are all safe and that you had a great Congress besides the whole being mugged and the truck breaking down things. As I said on the phone last night, as Americans we have the right to bear arms...and evidently wear arms as well. I'm envisioning a t-shirt...Travel safe.
You know..it is what it is..apparently these 2 thugs got what they deserve...one of them anyway but it is my fear that Ohio has laws that will protect these thugs...Dallas did not put this guy in the hospital..he put himself there... i commend this young man for taking charge and not becomming a statistic himself and he was able to keep himself and his family safe..that is what is important.. my step daughter was a victum of crime..she was murdered..anytime i hear a nightmare story where the good guy fought back and won it it a step up the ladder for sosiety.at least this 1 thug wont be bothering anyone else untill we cure him and send him back out to the streets anyhow..
These thugs must have been complete idiots! A big ol cowboy like that, with rockgrinders on?? They sureley were HIGH!
Way to go buddy! They got what they deserved! This is why we have to vote and keep our 2nd amendment right to bear arms!