Just Desserts winning at Upperville in 2012, prior to Tresie Wallace leasing the pony.
A Tennessee hunter/jumper trainer is facing criminal prosecution after allegedly stealing a show pony she was leasing. Tresie Wallace, who owns Showcase Equestrian Center in Eads, is charged with felony larceny after bailment.
Rate My Horse PRO first told you about Wallace’s trouble with authorities in April. She was arrested in Tennessee on a fugitive warrant issued by Virginia authorities. Wallace refused to waive extradition to Virginia so the state obtained a governor’s warrant. Wallace recently turned herself in so the warrant was not served. A Loudoun County magistrate released Wallace on her own recognizance after she was booked.
Loudoun County Sheriff Department spokesman Kraig Troxell tells Rate My Horse PRO Wallace’s lease of the medium hunter pony named Just Desserts ended on March 1, 2014. Purcellville resident Samantha Lawton-Duthie, who owns Blue Moon Ponies, made several attempts to regain possession of her pony but was unsuccessful.
Virginia law addresses the lease and return of an animal and other property Troxel says. Anyone that comes into the possession of a horse as a bailee and fails to return it to the bailor, in accordance with the bailment agreement, is deemed guilty of larceny, according to the state’s law.
A detective from the Loudoun County Sheriff’s office investigated the case with officials in Shelby County, Tennessee where Wallace lives. Shelby County officials seized the pony from Wallace’s possession in March 2015. The pony is reportedly safe at an undisclosed location.
Wallace is scheduled to be back in court on July 15th. Stay with us as we continue following this developing story.