WATCH: Longhorn escapes cattle drive in downtown Colorado Springs
A cattle drive in downtown Colorado Springs on Friday turned into a cattle chase.
The longhorn took a wrong turn and escaped the Brand Cattle Drive after high noon. A couple of cowboys jumped into action as bystanders jumped out of the way. Amber Keller shared video with 11 News of the longhorn even going into her place of work at 111 S. Tejon on the corner of Colorado Avenue. A couple of folks tried to close the doors on the animal, but eventually opened them as a header and heeler made quick work to wrangle the animal.
“I was out watching the Ride for Brand Cattle Drive and I had recorded all of the activity as they were coming by and it was over," Keller recalled. "Then at one point I heard some yelling and I saw people kinda scrambling around and so I picked up my phone and started recording and what you see is that one of the longhorns just got loose from the group.”
This wasn't Keller's first cattle drive. She kept calm, pulled out her phone and started recording.
"Well honestly it was just, record it, and I don't know why," Keller said with a laugh. “I grew up in Colorado Springs and I have worked downtown my entire career and so we always come make it a point to watch and just be a part of it.”
While Keller kept her cool with the phone, a cowboy was composed on top of his horse.
Bob Book, a Co-Chair for Ride for the Branch Ranch Rodeo acted as the heeler in this chase. He did what came naturally and helped subdue the animal.
“You just do what you need to do, you know," Book explained. "I mean she’s loose and get her caught. Whatever it takes.”
This wasn't the first year a longhorn got out of line.
“We’ve been doing this for a long time," Book stated. "The biggest incident that we’ve had until today was this cow got loose and went down the stairs at McKenzie’s Chophouse and I think she smelled the steak and left.”
Book says they have good cowboys who know what they're doing. He also credits another animal with the capture.
"I had a good horse," Book said with a smile. "I knew I had a good cowboy with me and we just figured it out.”
The Ride for the Brand Ranch Rodeo has been taking place for 16 years, designed to give money to the WRCA Cowboy Crisis fund and to help share the ranching world with the Colorado Springs community.
You can watch the video at the top and bottom of this article. As of 5:30 p.m. there were no reported injuries tied to the incident.