EMTs tend to the injured at the scene after two horses ran wild on Front Street at the first Harbour Night of the season. *Photo by Mark Kennedy
EMTs tend to the injured at the scene after two horses ran wild on Front Street at the first Harbour Night of the season. *Photo by Mark Kennedy
The owner of the horses that ran wild on Front Street is a veteran Bermuda Electric Light Company employee who turned his passion for horses into a horse and carriage business about two years ago.

Together with his wife Suzette, a government school counsellor, and one full-time employee, he ran his horse and carriage business from Dockyard.

Ray Bean is a BELCO foreman who is also president of the company's in-house union, the Electricity Supply Union. He is a Somerset resident.

Part-Wayne Hill, a part-time hacker, was parked in front of Mr. Bean, across from the Ferry Terminal on Wednesday, when Mr. Bean's two horses ran amok.

He said Mr. Bean was a horse rider for some years, but then moved into the horse and carriage trade, which he learned from his own employer Howard 'Hobby' Charles, the owner of Shilo Stables.

Mr. Hill said he "figured" Mr. Bean decided to run a horse and carriage business from Dockyard because Mr. Charles had the business wrapped up in Hamilton.

Mr. Hill said Mr. Bean began operating his business about two years ago. He said he operated it with two 'buses' or large carriages which can accommodate between eight and 12 passengers, which he kept at Dockyard, and four horses, which he housed at Norman Terceira's stables in Devonshire.

Mr. Hill said Mr. Bean also owned other horses, which he kept in Southampton, near Five Star Island.

He said Mr. Bean did not own his own stables, and as the owner of a horse and carriage business, he had to keep the horses he used for his business at a licensed stable like Mr. Terceira's.

Mr. Bean, who is believed to be in his 40s, was dragged along Front Street by his two horses, which then bolted down Front Street, sending 19 people, to hospital.

All but one were treated and released. Mr. Bean, who was taken to hospital as well, was also treated and then released. He did not make it into work at Belco yesterday.

Diana Gordon, the executive vice-president of the Chamber of Commerce, told a press conference she spoke to Mr. Bean early Thursday at the hospital and he was "very shaken up."

She said: "From what I could see he was still in pain and he was waiting for the results of an X-ray."

She also said he was clearly in shock, but was concerned about the condition of the injured bystanders. Mr. Bean could not be reached for comment. His wife Suzette, who was tending the two grey horses at the centre of the drama at Terceira Stables in Devonshire yesterday, would not comment either.

Mr. Terceira said he had spoken to Mr. Bean only briefly. Mr. Terceira also said Mr. Bean was the owner of the carriage.

Meanwhile Hobby Charles, interviewed at his stables in Pembroke, told of how he taught Mr. Bean how to drive a horse and carriage. He said Mr. Bean kept his horses at his stables until last April when he switched to Mr. Terceira's.

Mr. Charles, who is Bermuda's largest stable owner, said he was driving a carriage along Pitts Bay Road on Wednesday evening when Mr. Hill called him to tell him about the accident.


Mr. Hill told the Bermuda Sun hours after the incident on Wednesday: "Mr. Bean pulled up behind my carriage. When I looked he must have gotten out of his carriage to attend to his horses and they were spooked and got away from him."

Expanding on his account yesterday, Mr. Hill told of how Mr. Bean's carriage hit the back of his, causing the wheel to drop off.

He said his horse got jittery, and he had to control it. Meanwhile, Mr. Bean's horses were dragging him down Front Street.

Stable owners we spoke to yesterday said it would be difficult to determine exactly what had caused the horses to bolt.

Mr. Charles said of Mr. Bean: "He was just a guy with a steady job at BELCO."

He also described him as a "good man."