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Mini Horses Charles and Diane Visit New York City to Land TV Deal

By Nicholas Rizzi | April 22, 2015 9:00am
 The mini horses Charles and Diane were taken to the city from their home in Oklohoma.
Mini Horses in New York City
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MIDTOWN — A pair of mini horses that have sparked a buzz trotting around the streets of Manhattan are in town to land a TV deal, their owners told DNAinfo New York.

Diane, a little tan horse that's pregnant, and a miniature black stallion named Charles came to NYC from their home in Oklahoma like so many others, in search of fame and fortune.

"I think this is a billion-dollar idea," said owner Jimmy Murray, 28, who drove the ponies across the country in a trailer hitched to the back of an R.V. along with his father, Casey Murray, 56. "I think she's quickly going to be the most famous horse in the world."

"There's something special about these horses that I can't explain," he added.

Casey Murray has traveled the country for nearly two years with the horses in tow. His son joined several months ago with the goal to make it to the city and land a TV series or documentary based on their travels. Jimmy Murray has also started to document the horses' travels on Instagram.

Diane and Charles arrived in town on Friday and have already had plenty of people come up and snap a shot with them — including comedian and future "Daily Show" host Trevor Noah, who took a selfie with them on Tuesday.

Casey Murray said he had a dream about the horses nearly five years ago, and when he woke up the next day they blocked his way on a dirt road.

He named the 8-year-old horses after Prince Charles and Princess Diana because the World Cup was on television and he thought they were royalty, he said.

So far, however, the Murrays' television dreams for Charles and Diane have not come through. They're planning on packing the horses back in the trailer to head back to Oklahoma to raise more funds and let Diane have her baby —  she's due later this year, Murray said.

"We just haven't had luck here in New York City, as far as the right person seeing them," Jimmy Murray said. "We're still stuck and still broke down, but we still don't have anything to show for it, besides everybody else having pictures."

But before they go, the father-and-son duo said they are thinking of hosting a "royal wedding" with the two and then come back to the city for a visit.