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Decoding Horse Sales Fraud

The scenario is repeated all too-often in the equine industry. A private individual or entity purchases one or more horses, only to find later the horse has some sort of veterinary or behavioral defect that was not disclose...
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Matt Martin and Debi Connor are being sued by Martin's former Georgia client for allegations of fraud.

Horse Trainers Martin, Connor Sued for Shady Sales Practices

Plaintiff Lynn Kassem, of Georgia, is also suing Florida horse agent and trainer Debi Connor. The suit claims ‘many’ of almost $1 million in horses purchased by Kassem, with Matt Martin’s help, came through Debi...
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LYNN KASSEM v MATT MARTIN, DEBI CONNOR aka DEBORAH CONNOR dba DEBI CONNOR SALES, et al.

Tennessee hunter/jumper trainer Matt Martin is being sued for failing to disclose health and behavior issues of sales horses he recommended. The suit accuses Martin of fraud, breach of contract and negligent misrepresenta...
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KRYSTAL ZUFELT, Plaintiff, v. ASHLEY OLLES, a/k/a ASHLEY C. BUSTER, AMANDA O’BRIEN, a/k/a AMANDA C. BUSTER and AMANDA BUSTER O’BRIEN, dba VALLEY VIEW RANCH, Defendants.

A suit alleges Amanda O'Brien of Valley View Ranch, in Texas, acted as the plaintiff's horse sales agent for two American Quarter Horses, but refuses to turn the sales funds over. Click to view the documents in the cas...
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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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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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Patty Parker, an individual, Plaintiff vs. Zooey Deschanel, an individual, Victoria LaCagnina, an individual, and DOES 1 through 20 inclusive, Defendants.

California horse trainer Victoria LaCagnina of Storia Stables in Lake View Terrace, California and her celebrity client Zooey Deschanel are being sued after a horse lease went bad. The plaintiff alleges her horse sust...
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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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ANN S. REILLY Plaintiff v. Jennifer Brinkley and Jules Nyssen, Defendants.

North Carolina dressage trainer Jules Nyssen is being sued in federal court for more than $250,000 after he allegedly misrepresented a Dutch Warmblood when acting as his client's buyer's agent....
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MARIA CHUNGUNCO, Plaintiff, v. KIMBERLY STEWART and HOPE BATCHELOR, DVM., Defendants.

The owner of the coveted show pony, Spellbound, has filed suit against her child's former hunter/jumper trainer, Kim Stewart and veterinarian Hope Batchelor, DVM in Florida. The allegations include fraud and profession...
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Kim Stewart is Spellbound

Kim Stewart is Spellbound

Fliers littered the 2014 Pony Finals announcing the sale of the highly sought after pony, Spellbound, at public auction by Kimberly Stewart of Glennwillow Farm Inc....
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GLENWILLOW, INC. v. MARIA CHUNGUNCO

A billing dispute with her child’s trainer, Kimberly Stewart of Glenwillow Farm, Inc. in Maryland has turned into a horse owner’s nightmare. Maria Chungunco’s highly sought after pony, Spellbound, is scheduled to ...
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STEVEN RATTNER and MONOMOY FARM, LLC, Plaintiffs, -against- Plaintiffs, DECLAN ORPEN, DECLAN ORPEN SHOW STABLES, INC. (Florida), et al, Defendants.

$1.75+ MILLION JUDGMENT ENTERED AGAINST HORSE TRAINER DECLAN ORPEN which goes under unpaid judgments ...
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SUSAN RACHAEL STEIN, Plaintiff, vs. LEFT BANK EQUINE, INC., JAMES BELDEN, DVM, DARREN GRAZIANO dba DG VENTURE, Defendants.

Susan Stein sued Dr. James Belden and show jumper trainer Darren Graziano after the $200K jumper she bought wasn't as described or vetted....
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MARION MAYER Plaintiff, vs. LAUREN SAMMIS, individually, SAMMIS SALES, LLC, et al, Defendants.

The plaintiff alleges there was a lack of transparency when she purchased a $135,000 dressage horse through Lauren Sammis and her business Sammis Sales, LLC. Also included as defendants are two equine veterinarians from...
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Heritage Farm Motion to Dismiss Denied in Alleged Pony Sale Cover-Up

Heritage Farm Motion to Dismiss Denied in Alleged Pony Sale Cover-Up

Barbara Tichner-Dildabanian can file a separate lawsuit against the sellers, Bibby Farmer, Lane Change Farm, Larry Glefke and Kelley Farmer in Florida, for their failure to disclose, since the sales transaction took p...
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GRACE SHAW-KENNEDY AND KASSANDRA LADD, V. AMY S. HUNTER.

After her apparent confusion regarding the terms of a lease deal, a Wisconsin horse trainer is on the losing end of a lawsuit involving the show jumping stallion, Cradilo. ...
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Overcoming Consignment Horse Challenges

Overcoming Consignment Horse Challenges

Selling a horse is a dreaded experience for some riders who don’t have the required resources to get the job done on their own. Consignment farms can be a solution, although like anything else, not all are created equal....
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BARBARA TICHNER, Plaintiff, -against- GOLDENS BRIDGE INC. d/b/a HERITAGE FARM, PATRICIA GRIFFITH and CHRISTOPHER B. MILLER, DVM. P.C., Defendants.

Pony mom Barbara Tichner-Dildabanian alleges the defendants withheld key information from a pre-purchase exam. She is suing Heritage Farm, which is owned by Andre Dignelli, their former trainer, Patricia Griffith, and ...
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HEIDI WESTLAND v. LAURA TREPTE.

The plaintiff entered into a joint venture with Illinois horse trainer Laura Trepte of Prairie Star Equine. Seeking to end the partnership, she offered to buy the horse, but Trepte put a Stable Keeper's Lien against it...
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