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Ashley Yozzo poses for a photo with horses at Summit Farm in North Salem. Photo Credit: Tom Auchterlonie
Video Credit: YouTube/Sam Hollander
Video Credit: YouTube/Sam Hollander

NORTH SALEM, N.Y. -- Ashley Yozzo had come back from a run and was drinking coffee on Monday, when she got a call from a friend about a horse running loose on Interstate 684.

Yozzo, who has owned North Salem's Summit Farm for a decade, responded by heading out with her truck and trailer, coincidentally getting a request from local police to do so.

When Yozzo arrived, the horse had been assisted by two people who pulled over and was contained with a halter and a dog lease. Yozzo remembered that the horse, who is a chestnut-brown male gelding, was “obviously tired from running so much” and added that he had minor cuts on his legs. The horse had no major injuries.

Yozzo then got the horse onto her trailer --- she described him as "very cooperative" -- and brought him back to the John Jay Homestead with a police escort.

The horse had been at the homestead, which is in Katonah, before wandering away, state police said. The homestead was host site for the Country Pace & Picnic Memorial Day Bedford Riding Lanes Association event. Yozzo recalled that the horse's owner, a woman whose name she did not know, was among those who were there for a competition.

Subsequently, the horse had been grazing and took off from the premises, Yozzo explained. She mentioned that the owner, whom she spoke with, had a previous incident with the horse taking off. Yozzo also recalled telling the owner to put a chain over his nose next time he is grazed.

Summit Farm's involvement with horses includes boarding, horse shows and sales.

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