Amber Hill Farm Owner Under Criminal Investigation

Amber Hill Farm Owner Under Criminal Investigation

The Pennsylvania State Police confirm there is a criminal investigation into the death of trainer Elizabeth Mandarino’s show pony named Humble. Authorities declined to provide additional details at this time. The chestnut pony died at the Devon Horse Show in late May.

Eyewitnesses state they saw Mandarino give the pony an injection in the grooming stall. Soon after, as he was being tacked for the morning schooling session, they say he began convulsing and died. The pony was scheduled to compete that morning with a 12-year-old girl that was leasing the pony for the competition.

Last month, Mandarino told The Star-Ledger, that the small pony collapsed after she gave him “an injection of a joint treatment,” something she said she did routinely. However, we obtained Mandarino’s medication list, which she allegedly posted in the grooming stall. It identifies several injectable medications being administered to Humble and her other horses competing. According to the medication list, Humble would have received Legend and Adequan on Wednesday – both are joint treatments. There are no medications listed for the day that Humble died.

An official protest was filed with the United States Equestrian Federation against Mandarino on June 12 in regard to Humble’s death. A USEF member and her young daughter witnessed the 9-year-old pony fall to the ground, and go into convulsions. Two days after the member filed the protest, USEF CEO John Long temporarily suspended Mandarino. In late July, Mandarino’s Virginia attorney, Tamara Tucker, filed a request for dismissal, which was denied. Mandarino’s husband, Perry Mandarino, sent an email to USEF board members in early August. Less than two weeks later, Long lifted Mandarino’s temporary suspension.

Two days after the member filed the protest, USEF CEO John Long temporarily suspended Mandarino. In late July, Mandarino’s Virginia attorney, Tamara Tucker, filed a request for dismissal, which was denied. Mandarino’s husband, Perry Mandarino, sent an email to USEF board members in early August. Less than two weeks later, Long lifted Mandarino’s temporary suspension.

Mandarino’s husband, Perry Mandarino, sent an email to USEF board members in early August. Less than two weeks later, Long lifted Mandarino’s temporary suspension.

The Hearing Committee will review evidence submitted by both sides for the first time on September 17. The panel will vote on what, if any, action is necessary.

The committee will also hear a second protest being brought against Mandarino. It pertains to an incident that occurred prior to Humble’s death. Both protesters are being represented by Michael Romm of Florida. “We are prepared for Monday’s hearing, however I would like to refrain from commenting further.”

The second matter was scheduled for an earlier date, however, Tucker requested a continuance. She did not return our call regarding Monday’s hearings.

According to the USEF, it can take up to 60 days for the committee to return a decision. Stay with Rate My Horse PRO for updates to this story as they become available.

 The Pennsylvania State Police confirm there is a criminal investigation into the death of trainer Elizabeth Mandarino's show pony named Humble.