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Starbuck Sentenced for Attempting to Hide Cash

Starbuck Equestrian Co-Owner Guilty

Horse trainer Juliana Starbuck has pleaded guilty to removing evidence during a Federal Investigation. The Grand Prix rider and co-owner of Starbuck Equestrian in Connecticut waived her right to indictment and made the...
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STATE OF WISCONSIN vs MICHAEL T GRANT

Guilty Verdict in 'Wanted' Horse Trainer's Sex Case

A Wisconsin jury found horse trainer Michael T. Grant guilty of repeated sexual assault of a child. The verdict comes eleven years after the abuse took place in his home at the Fantasy Hills Ranch, where he was an emplo...
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UNITED STATES OF AMERICA v. BARNEY DAVIS

Tennessee Horse Trainer Pleads Guilty to Soring

A spotted saddle horse trainer and two co-defendents pleaded guilty today to violations of the Horse Protection Act. Barney Davis pled guilty to two felony offenses which included conspiracy to commit witness tampering....
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Walking Horse

Horse Trainer Acquitted of Sexual Assault

A Tennessee gaited horse trainer has been acquitted of sexual abuse against three female minors....
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STATE OF KANSAS v stephen douglas white

Kansas Horse Trainer Charged with Rape

A Kansas horse trainer is charged with raping a teenage girl. Authorities arrested Steve White in late August after a minor came forward regarding incidents that allegedly occured in 2007. He has been sentenced....
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Blackburn Guilty of Horse Soring Violations

Blackburn Guilty of Horse Soring Violations

A Tennessee man pleaded guilty today to conspiring to violate the federal Horse Protection Act. Paul Blackburn was part of a horse training and boarding operation that sored horses and falsified entry forms and other pap...
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Horse Rescue Operator Acquitted of Animal Cruelty

Horse Rescue Operator Acquitted of Animal Cruelty

The operator of a horse rescue has been convicted of child endangerment but acquitted of animal cruelty. Mona Kanciper runs New York Horse Rescue on Long Island and has been sentenced....
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Boarding Stable Owner Guilty of Tax Evasion

Boarding Stable Owner Guilty of Tax Evasion

The owner of Stepping Stone Farm in Connecticut pleaded guilty this week to federal tax charges. Juliana Cole Weber waived her right to indictment and entered the plea before a US District Judge....
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STATE OF GEORGIA vs. KENNETH JOHN ACEBAL

Georgia Dressage Trainer Waives Jury Trial

The horse trainer charged in connection with an FBI child sex sting waived his right to a jury trial today. Kenn Acebal will now face a judge who will preside over his bench trial....
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Judge Dismisses Felony Against Chiacchia

Judge Dismisses Felony Against Chiacchia

A Circuit Judge ruled in favor of the defense yesterday when he dismissed the charge against former Olympian Darren Chiacchia. According to Judge Hale Stancil, his decision was bound by the recent ruling made by the Fl...
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USEF Considers Reinstatement for Criminal Horse Trainers

USEF Considers Reinstatement for Criminal Horse Trainers

The USEF is considering reinstating two of the horse industry’s notorious criminals. Virginia hunter jumper trainers Keg Berlin and Josh Cardine were convicted of fraud in 2004, and served time in federal prison....
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volunteer steals from St. Clements horse show NY

Horse Show Volunteer Accused of Theft

Saratoga Springs Police have arrested Charles D. Walling for allegedly stealing more than $30,000 from the St. Clements Horse Show. According to police, Walling was a horse show volunteer from 2005 until mid 2011....
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Equestrian Writer Guilty in Mom's Death

It has been eight months since the beating death of 87-year-old Claire Herman. Today, her son, equestrian writer Peter Herman pleaded guilty to manslaughter, assault, and endangering an elderly person. The district ...
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A Connecticut judge sentenced convicted sex offender Robert L. Johnson to 25 months in prison Tuesday for a third probation violation.

Horse Trainer May be Headed back to Prison

“All I did was slap her on the ass. When can I move on from this?” A statement attributed to a registered sex offender and horse trainer Robert L. Johnson. It was given in testimony by his probation officer in cour...
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Chiacchia Ordered to Wear GPS Monitoring Device

Florida Court May Influence Chiacchia Sex Case

A Florida Appeals court recently overturned the conviction of a woman who had been found guilty of not telling her partner that she was infected with HIV. Why? Her partner was a woman. The "law does not apply to he...
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Brett Ingraham Fair Play Farm Animal Cruelty

Fair Play Farm Owners Sentenced for Animal Cruelty

Fair Play Farm Convicted of animal cruelty the owners of Fair Play Farm were sentenced to two days of jail time and restitution. The Maine couple, Brett and Alexis Ingraham, must also have limited contact with hor...
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Properly engaging the horse's back can avoid painful back issues like Kissing Spine.

Georgia Dressage Trainer Arrested in Sex Sting

Three men have been arrested in sting operations on charges they tried to meet minors for sex. One of the men was Alpharetta, Georgia dressage trainer, Kenneth Acebal. He was arrested in Ringgold, Georgia by agents...
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Hugh Higley aka McLeod

Sex Offender Arrested

Convicted sex offender Hugh Higley, who has been posing as a dressage trainer, was arrested in Arroyo Grande, California. Officials say Higley was going by the name Ben McLeod and doing business as McLeod's Dressa...
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