Accused of stealing a show pony, a hunter/jumper trainer was arrested by Tennessee authorities last week. Tresie Wallace of Showcase Equestrian Center was picked up on a fugitive warrant after Virginia authorities issued a warrant for larceny after bailment.
Loudoun County Sheriff Department spokesman Kraig Troxell tells us Wallace allegedly failed to return the pony to its Purcellville owner. Wallace’s lease of the bay pony ended on March 1, 2014. Jurisdiction was determined by where the contract was entered into between Wallace and the pony’s owner, Samantha Lawton-Duthie of Blue Moon Ponies.
This isn’t Wallace’s first run-in with the law. She failed to appear for two cases in Fayette County, KY. She is facing six charges including two counts of failure to use child restraints and failure for the owner to have required insurance, according to the clerk of the court’s office. The case goes back to 2010. Wallace failed to appear at her last court date in February 2011. After a defendant fails to appear, a warrant is issued for their arrest.
Documents state Wallace was also a no-show in September 2014 in a misdemeanor criminal case. The original charge of confinement of dogs at night was downgraded to dogs running at large. A local judge’s order regarding warrants prevented us from confirming if Wallace has any open warrants for her arrest in Kentucky.
Wallace, a Ride-Right Certified Level 3 Instructor, operates her hunter/jumper training and boarding facility in Eads. Wallace advertises, “we base our educational philosophy on the Pony Club [sic]. We are part of an active Pony Club with meetings held at our facility every week.”
Wallace is out of jail on $25,000 bond. She is fighting extradition to Virginia, according to authorities. Wallace is scheduled to be back in a Shelby County court on April 23rd.
The allegedly stolen pony was seized by Tennessee authorities from Wallace’s possession last week and is reportedly safe.