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Humble's Devon Horse Show Death

Elizabeth Mandarino Suspended by USEF

Horse trainer Elizabeth Mandarino has been temporarily suspended by the United States Equestrian Federation after the death of her pony, Humble, at the Devon Horse Show....
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STATE OF GEORGIA vs. KENNETH JOHN ACEBAL

Georgia Dressage Trainer Waives Jury Trial

The horse trainer charged in connection with an FBI child sex sting waived his right to a jury trial today. Kenn Acebal will now face a judge who will preside over his bench trial....
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Angela Michelle Merrell is guilty for horse theft

Georgia Boarding Stable Operator Pleads Guilty to Stealing, Selling Horses

A Georgia boarding stable operator pleaded guilty to multiple counts of theft for stealing and selling boarders' horses. ...
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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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AMBER HILL FARM, LLC, Plaintiff, v. SAMANTHA LAWTON-DUTHIE, et al, Defendants.

A suit filed by Amber Hill Farm, LLC seeks to exert editorial control over Rate My Horse PRO and others. Amber Hill Farm is owned by Georgia (and NJ) pony trainer Elizabeth Mandarino. A judge dismissed the suit a...
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STATE OF GEORGIA vs. KENNETH JOHN ACEBAL

STATE OF GEORGIA vs. KENNETH JOHN ACEBAL

Georgia dressage trainer, Kenneth Acebal, has been indicted on charges, which include criminal attempt to commit aggravated child molestation. Acebal was sentenced in a plea deal. see the latest...
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Animal lover killed by pitbull

Equestrian Mauled to Death by Pit Bull

Georgia Equestrian A Georgia equestrian was mauled to death Monday by her boyfriend's pit bull while he was at work, according to authorities. Michelle Wilcox, 30, of Savannah, was found dead in a horrific scene at t...
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Wallace Eventing Drops ADM Equine Feed Sponsorship

Wallace Eventing Drops ADM Equine Feed Sponsorship

Georgia based event rider Elisa Wallace announced she is parting ways with ADM Alliance Nutrition, Inc. Controversy has surrounded ADM recently due to the company's response amid allegations its feed is contaminated w...
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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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Georgia Stable Owner: Tests Reveal Monensin in ADM Feed

Georgia Stable Owner: Tests Reveal Monensin in ADM Feed

A Georgia stable owner says the ADM grain she was feeding tested positive for monensin. Roslyn Johnson of Grantville is waiting for quantitative test results to learn how much monensin is allegedly in the feed....
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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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A suit filed by Amber Hill Farm, LLC seeks to exert editorial control over Rate My Horse PRO and private posters in online equestrian forums.

Amber Hill Farm, Mandarino Seek Relief from Reporting

Debbie Hanson, Director of Media Relations for Rate My Horse PRO says, “we believe this suit is an attempt to silence our reporting of legal disputes contained in public record and the facts as they relate to Elizab...
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Naamah M. Troutman, Plaintiff vs Melissa Thurston Briski, Defendant.

Naamah Troutman brought a civil claim against Melissa Thurston Briski alleging the defendant drugged a horse she attempted to sell her....
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THE STATE OF GEORGIA vs. CLAUDE LAMAR DOUGLAS

THE STATE OF GEORGIA vs. CLAUDE LAMAR DOUGLAS

Georgia horsemanship trainer Claude Douglas pleaded guilty to animal cruelty for starving three horses including a foal that died. He is banned from training, possessing or owning any animal for the next two years....
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LOUISE PRIVITERA, Plaintiff, v. ELIZABETH MANDARINO AND AMBER HILL FARM,LLC, Defendants.

A civil lawsuit has been brought against Elizabeth Mandarino and Amber Hill Farm of Pony Talent Search fame. The allegations include fraud and misrepresentation and are made by one of Mandarino's investors in imported ...
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THE STATE OF GEORGIA vs. CHAN SMALLING SUTTON

THE STATE OF GEORGIA vs. CHAN SMALLING SUTTON

Chan Smalling Sutton pleaded guilty to computer porn and criminal attempt to commit a felony. He offers saddle seat lessons, horse training, and breeds saddlebreds at his Oak Lane Farm, but isn't licensed to do so under ...
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STATE OF GEORGIA v. BENNIE LYNN CLAWSON

Horse breeder and self-proclaimed horse consultant Bennie Lynn Clawson has a list of criminal convictions in Georgia and South Carolina. She continues her "fundraising" efforts despite current charges pending that could ...
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Fraudster Horse Breeder Sentenced to Prison for Theft

Fraudster Horse Breeder Sentenced to Prison for Theft

A South Carolina horse breeder is behind bars after pleading guilty to theft. Repeat offender Bennie Lynn Clawson stole money in 2013 from a fundraiser meant for car accident victim and former American Junior Paint Hor...
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CAROL BATCHELDER, Plaintiff, v. IRON GAIT PERCHERONS INC., d/b/a IRON GAIT RESCUE JAMES ERIC BEACH and DENISE S. POLYDOR, Defendants.

A Georgia horse rescue and its operator are being sued for fraud, neglect, and a number of other actions after Denise Polydor allegedly promised to give two horses a home for life. Documents state the horses arrived in he...
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The State of South Carolina vs Bennie Lynn Clawson

The State of South Carolina vs Bennie Lynn Clawson

Paint horse breeder Bennie Lynn Clawson pleaded guilty to stealing money from a fund she set up for car accident victim and former American Junior Paint Horse Association (AjPHA) president Banks Ready. Clawson has a ...
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