“It was the scariest thing that’s ever happened,” Nellie Gail Ranch resident Kim Crane said Tuesday night.
She was recalling her encounter with a squad of student runners on the exclusive community's horse trails.
“Last season, a large group of runners caused our horse to rear and nearly kick a student in the head," Crane said. When Crane then told the students about the dangers of running on horse trails and asked them to use a nearby sidewalk, they declined, she added.
On Tuesday, Crane asked the Saddleback Valley Unified school board to ban cross-country team training on Nellie Gail Ranch horse trails, which are marked as private property.
A marathon runner herself, Crane said there are many other options for cross-country practice.
SVUSD Superintendent Clint Harwick said he would look into the issue.