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.
Our family has traveled through Ohio, on the way to VA from a trip to the west coast, to visit family. It is the most unfriendly, inhospitable, crime laden, NASTY stretch on the entire journey, and we were travelling by vehicle, with 2 little ones, so it's a strong 4 day trip. I wouldn't lay over in Ohio on a bet. I am very glad Mr. Schmidt was not injured. Thank goodness the family was already inside the room. Good job, Mr. Schmidt. May this CRIMINAL that taxpayer are now paying the medical bills on, carry the scars and the memory of his supreme stupidity for the rest of his miserable existence.
I for one think that the QH Congress needs to be moved. This is unnecessary for people who are hard working honest folk to have to fear for their lives. Great Job Cowboy! Protect your life the only way you know how with the tools of your trade. Those muggers should have been introduced to the hind feet of our favorite animal, the horse. But instead the cowboy won instead........ Great job! Seriously move the Congress to a safer venue. What are they going to do when the cowboys won't go to Columbus, Ohio for fear of their lives and personal property.
Good for you Dallas. Folks from the north know how to take care of themselves. Ohio QH shame on you. Move this horse show. It's not like you have not made a few dollars over the years. This is absurd that year after year we hear and read about people being mugged, robbed, trucks stolen. Get with and find a different location. The Baymont and other hotels can only do so much. Columbus is a crime pit. A horse show of this magnitude should not be in such a dreadful town.
This is why I don't go to Congress unless I have a dire need to be there. The place is dirty, dangerous and expensive. It speaks volumes that they had to build a State Trooper station on the fair grounds because there was so much crime in the area!
So glad this worked out well for the Schmidt's. As for the mugger - Take this as a lesson - Don't mess with the Reiners!