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Court Prevents Re-victimization of Miranda

Jurors Find Cesar Parra Not Liable in Injured Horse Case

Judge Michael O'Neill barred the post incident video and photos of William PFF from admission into evidence. The Judge found the video of the stallion "violently thrashing and repeatedly failing to get up from his fall"...
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California Appeals Court Upholds Ruling in Nunnink Trial

California Appeals Court Upholds Ruling in Nunnink Trial

The California Court of Appeals affirmed the trial court’s ruling granting the defendant’s motion for judgment relieving horse trainer Kristi Nunnink of liability....
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Court Prevents Re-victimization of Miranda

Cesar Parra Trial Looms in Injured Horse Case

Piaffe Performance dressage trainer Cesar Parra is scheduled to ride into court for trial Monday. Parra allegedly left a young stallion catastrophically injured during a training evaluation on the lunge line at his New J...
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Horses being Horses: 6 Considerations after a Riding Accident

Horses being Horses: 6 Considerations after a Riding Accident

Picture a barn owner who runs a successful and lucrative boarding, breeding, and training operation. One day a boarder, while out riding a young and spirited horse, is thrown and seriously injured....
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Equip Yourself for Horse Buying Success

Equip Yourself for Horse Buying Success

Set yourself up for horse buying success. A common practice in the equine industry is to mask the truth of the horse’s prior history of lameness, prior injury, or medical condition with half-truths about the horse’s mor...
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Another Chance 4 Horses Sanctioned for Charity Violations

Another Chance 4 Horses Sanctioned for Charity Violations

Another Chance 4 Horses is in trouble again, this time with the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania for charity violations. Christy and Rick Sheidy, the charity’s notorious founders, have been sanctioned for spending donor mo...
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Show Jumping’s Holger Hetzel Sued for $1M-plus for Fraud

Show Jumping’s Holger Hetzel Sued for $1M-plus for Fraud, Negligence

A Florida lawsuit accuses show jumping’s Holger Hetzel of fraud, civil theft, and professional negligence. The plaintiffs are seeking more than $1 million in damages and injunctive relief for the return of one of their ...
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Appellate Court: AQHA Can Ban Cloned Horses

Appellate Court: AQHA Can Ban Cloned Horses

An appeals court has ruled the American Quarter Horse Association can ban cloned horses from its breed registry....
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Hearing Officer: Seizure of Burnell Horses Warranted

Warmblood Breeder Convicted of Animal Abuse Sues Humane Society for $15 Million

A convicted animal abuser sues a local humane society for $15 million. California Warmblood breeder Jill Burnell of Gray Fox Farm alleges her rights were violated....
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Alltech Subsidiary Settles with Owners of Horses Affected by Tainted Equine Feed

Alltech Subsidiary Settles with Owners of Horses Affected by Tainted Equine Feed

A settlement has been reached between a group of horse owners and an equine feed company after contaminated equine feed killed six horses and sickened more than a dozen others, according to the attorney representing the Flo...
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8 Pre-Purchase Exam Tips Before Buying a Horse

8 Pre-Purchase Exam Tips Before Buying a Horse

The prospective buyer should ensure that the vet selected to perform the exam is free from any conflicts of interest and/or undue influence and it will be an “independent examination”. If there are affiliations, those s...
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Commercial Horse Transportation: Understanding a Bill of Lading

Commercial Horse Transportation: Understanding a Bill of Lading

When you ship your horse with a commercial hauler, you will be handed a paper to sign. It will say “Non Negotiable Bill of Lading” or “Bill of Lading.” Here are some pointers from an equine attorney so you under...
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My Horse is Not a Chattel, but Family

My Horse is Not a Chattel, Sir

In the presence of the horse feed recalls, one can only wonder how the aggrieved could possibly be compensated for the losses suffered. In most states, horses, like all animals, are known as chattel. Chattel, under the law...
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Lawsuit: Jules Nyssen Sells Client Rogue Horse Posed as Dressage Investment

Lawsuit: Jules Nyssen Sells Client Rogue Horse Posed as Dressage Investment

North Carolina dressage trainer Jules Nyssen is accused of selling his client a dangerous and unrideable mount instead of the investment horse she thought she purchased. Plaintiff Ann Reilly, Ph.D. is seeking monetary d...
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Horses and Off-Label Drug Use: What Every Owner Should Know

Horses and Off-Label Drug Use: What Every Owner Should Know

For those of us who own horses, but are untrained in veterinary or other medical fields, understanding key guidelines could help protect the health and lives of our beloved horses when a veterinarian wants to use a drug off...
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Civil Suit Filed in Reining Horse's Death

Civil Suit Filed in Reining Horse's Death

Plaintiff Martha Torkington alleges reining horse trainer, Mark Arballo, intended to cause harm to her mare, Bella Gunnabe Gifted, due to the rising level of contentiousness between them....
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Selling Your Horse On Trial? 5 Provisions for a Horse Sale & Trial Agreement

Selling Your Horse On Trial? 5 Provisions for a Horse Sale & Trial Agreement

Before you send your sale horse out on a trial, consider the potential legalities and how you can best protect yourself....
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Suit: AQHA Owes almost $600K for Overhaul of Equine Registration System

A lawsuit claims the American Quarter Horse Association owes a technology company almost $600,000 for an overhaul of the association's equine registration system....
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Spellbound Release Delayed

Spellbound Release Delayed

Kim Stewart of Glenhill Farm, Inc. alleged her former clients owed $207,000 when she recently attempted to sell Spellbound at public auction through Flashpoint Bloodstock. The auction was cancelled after a judge granted...
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Kim Stewart is Spellbound

Spellbound is Homebound

Spellbound is headed home. It comes after a Maryland judge granted a motion filed by pony owner Maria Chungunco's for a temporary restraining order Wednesday. The public auction of the pony Spellbound was scheduled by hu...
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