Stephen Malone is the spokesperson for the Horse and Carriage Association and took over the World Famous Central Park Horse Carriage Rides from his father Pat, who swapped Newry for New York in 1963.
However, Stephen Malone
is leading the campaign to thwart the mayor's plans and argued that, rather than suffering, the horses enjoyed working and were very well looked after.
said: "A lot of these horses come from very, very bad backgrounds and are rescued from very abusive situations.
This is not an abusive situation."
has received support from the area is father was born.
Pat Malone worked in Magills Forge at Cloghogue Bridge with his brothers Bernie, Hughie and Stephen