A Pennsylvania show jumping trainer has been charged with felony theft by deception. Luis Galindo-Arias, who goes by Luis Galindo in the U.S., sold a horse that he knew wasn’t his, according to court documents.
“It blows my mind,” Galindo’s victim, Lauren Mayersky tells Rate My Horse PRO.
Mayersky says she started training with the Lancaster horse trainer at Galindo Sport Horses in March 2015. By May, she transferred $25,000 to Galindo’s brother, Fernando Galindo, as payment for a 16.1hh jumper. While she absorbed the horse’s board and other expenses, Mayersky says another $25,000 was due once she started winning at horse shows on the horse called Leo.
The defendant allegedly demanded another $10,000 from Mayersky within two months of her initial payment and told her if she didn’t pay, she wasn’t allowed to see the horse. Court documents state Galindo refused to return her money.
Mayersky says Galindo, originally from Bolivia, stole her tack, ruined her financially and compromised her personal relationships. “He is an evil, evil, evil man. What he has done to Julia, myself and other people — he shouldn’t even be allowed in the horse business.”
According to the probable cause affidavit, Mayersky learned the gelding was the jumper Leo Lordfurst that was allegedly stolen three-years ago by Galindo from Julia Bartel. She operates her equine business in Florida. The gelding named Lad is back with Bartel, although not by police intervention.
Mayersky says the first thing horse buyers need to do before purchasing a horse is make sure the person you’re buying it from is the actual owner. She also recommends making sure all other paperwork is vetted.
Galindo is free on $10,000 bond. While currently in Wellington, Florida, he has a pre-trial hearing in Pennsylvania scheduled on January 5, 2016. When reached, Galindo said he could not comment regarding the case. We were unable to reach Galindo’s criminal defense attorney.