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Properly engaging the horse's back can avoid painful back issues like Kissing Spine.

Notorious NY Dressage Trainer Charged with Felony Grand Larceny

A New York dressage trainer, with a long list of aliases and arrests, is in trouble with the law again. Kimberly Martin, of Warwick, is charged with felony grand larceny, according to authorities....
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Stockebrand

Stockebrand, A Dressage Olympian: Charged with Animal Cruelty

Three months after Rate My Horse PRO first reported that a California dressage trainer was being investigated by Sonoma County Animal Control and Care (ACC) for the alleged neglect of her horses, a charge has been fi...
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Valerie in Emaciated Condition

Gwen Stockebrand Arraigned on Horse Cruelty Charge

California dressage trainer Gwen Stockebrand was arraigned on a felony charge of animal cruelty for allegedly starving one of her horses. The defense filed a motion on demurrer challenging the legal language in the crimina...
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Valerie in Emaciated Condition

Judge Denies Demurrer in Gwen Stockebrand Case

Sonoma County Superior Court Judge Ken Gnoss overruled a motion on demurrer in the Gwen Stockebrand horse cruelty case. Stockebrand's defense filed the motion last month at her arraignment, challenging the legal languag...
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State drops felony HIV charge against Darren Chiacchia 2017.

BREAKING: Florida Drops Darren Chiacchia Felony Case

Olympic Three-day eventer Darren Chiacchia of Independence Farms tells us, “It’s finally over." ...
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FEI lifts suspension of two US Dressage riders after supplement contamination

FEI Lifts US Dressage Suspensions Due to Supplement Contamination

Adrienne Lyle, Kaitlin Blythe A company's investigation confirming a horse supplement's contamination leads to the FEI lifting the suspension of U.S. dressage riders Adrienne Lyle and Kaitlin Blythe. It comes aft...
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Rebecca Rigdon hacked email wire fraud

Online Fraud when Importing Horses

A horse shopping excursion to Amsterdam left a California dressage trainer the victim of online fraud for hundreds of thousands of dollars when importing horses. What can you do to protect yourself? ...
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Carolyne Morgan v. Cesar Parra, et al.

The plaintiff alleges Cesar Parra sold Florence 115 for 180,000€ through Arnd Erben to Mathias Kreig in Germany. Parra claims the mare sold for 100,000€ to Stephanie Trappe. Kreig says he purchased the mare from P...
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CHARNA WATTS, Plaintiff, v. KENNETH RYAN BELL, and ORION DRESSAGE, LLC, Defendants

Ryan Bell and Orion Dressage, LLC was sued after he sold a horse he advertised as being a "fantastic FEl schoolmaster," and the "perfect horse to teach someone the movements" was in such poor health it couldn't be ridde...
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STATE OF NORTH CAROLINA vs. LESLIE DAWN BESN (BEAN)

STATE OF NORTH CAROLINA vs. LESLIE DAWN BEAN

Leslie Bean of Autumn Dressage in North Carolina is charged with assault with a deadly weapon causing serious bodily injury. This isn't the dressage trainer's first brush with the law....
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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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STATE OF GEORGIA v. KENNETH JOHN ACEBAL

STATE OF GEORGIA v. KENNETH JOHN ACEBAL

The Georgia dressage horse trainer charged in connection with a FBI child sex sting is facing more charges. Kenn Acebal has been charged with public indecency and two drug related counts after a June arrest when he was a...
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Cesar Parra Pursued by Partner

NJ Appellate Ruling Affirms Importance of Contract Terms

The Georgia woman suing dressage trainer Cesar Parra for fraud, and other issues, may not get her day in court. A New Jersey Appellate Court reversed a lower court’s decision Monday....
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Patrik Kittel Reignites Rollkur Dressage Controversy at Olympics

Patrik Kittel Reignites Rollkur Controversy at Olympics

Photos capturing Swedish dressage rider, Patrik Kittel, at the 2012 Olympics has reignited the rollkur debate in the horse community. Kittel was warming up his horse, Scandic, when the image was captured. See the photos ...
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Cesar Parra: Upgraded Abuse Charges Possible

Cesar Parra: Upgraded Abuse Charges Possible

Dressage Olympian and trainer Cesar Parra could face indictment to Superior Court for allegedly abusing a horse in New Jersey. The charges stem from a June 2009 training incident at Parra’s facility in which the hors...
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STEPHANIE MARIE SUTTON, CLAIMANT v. LINDSAY BURCH and KATHY KNIES, DEFENDANTS.

Stephanie Sutton purchased a horse from horse trainer Lindsay Burch and Kathy Knies. Sutton has alleged that at the time of the sale, both defendants were aware the horse had a chronic hind end suspensory injury, which w...
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UNITED STATES BANKRUPTCY COURT MIDDLE DISTRICT OF TENNESSEE RE: KATHRYN KAY BAUMAN

Dressage trainer, Kathryn Bauman, of Pioneer Valley Stables is undergoing bankruptcy proceedings in Tennessee. A plaintiff in a civil case has filed a motion to allow her case to continue to a jury trial, which was stopp...
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Edward Allan Buck Plaintiff v. Cesar Parra, Michael C. Davis, Kathleen Riley, Stephen Kiront, Barry Kiront, David Schrager, Defendants.

A complaint filed against dressage trainer Cesar Parra alleges deceptive trade practices. Defendants include trainer Katie Riley, Parra's client Michael Davis, and Apex Stables International, Inc. Officers Stephen K...
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STATE OF FLORIDA v. SHANNON LEE SUTCLIFFE

STATE OF FLORIDA v. SHANNON LEE SUTCLIFFE

Shannon Sutcliffe pleaded guilty to organized fraud and altering an equine chart. The former Florida resident goes by multiple aliases and has an open warrant for her arrest in Maryland....
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Commonwealth of Pennsylvania v. Nicholas Peronace

Nick Peronace of Nick Peronace Dressage in Pennsylvania was arrested for bad check charges....
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