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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, owned by Andre Dignelli, their former trainer, Patricia Griffith, and the farmâ...
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Olivia Kasper and bad horse deals pony - she shares how to protect yourself

Horse Buying Common Cents or Dirty Secrets?

What to look for when horse buying? Buying a new horse is an exciting time for any rider. However, the more time I spend in the equine industry, as an adult, the more I understand that buying a horse is harder than it se...
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LISA WILLIAMSON Plaintiff/Appellant v. LAKE COUNTY SHERIFF MARK C. CURRAN, JR., ET AL. Defendants/Appellees.

A court's decision is appealed after a judge dismisses Lisa Williamson's suit. The original suit was brought after a horse trainer is unable to get a sale horse back from Lance Williamson Stables. The police get involved...
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The Truth: Horse Sales and Undisclosed Commissions

The Truth: Horse Sales and Undisclosed Commissions

In 1997, the Neal family engaged internationally known dressage trainer Sjef Janssen to sell their horse. Janssen told the Neals that he could only get $312,000 for Aristocrat, but unbeknownst to the Neals, Janssen actu...
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You're not alone if you've been the victim of horse sales fraud.

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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ANDRONICKI MICHELLE SHAH, Plaintiff, vs. VALERIE RENIHAN and MELINDA (MINDY) DARST, Defendants.

Pony trainer Mindy Darst and another top hunter jumper trainer, Val Renihan are being sued for allegedly making fraudulent claims, through their agent, Sarah Doyle, in order to sell a lesser pony for $100,000 at the 2011...
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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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Kim Stewart is Spellbound

Kim Stewart is Spellbound

Fliers litter 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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BOB DIXON AND ADRIENNE DIXON, Appellants, v. ASHLI HERMAN, MATT CYPHERT, AND JH & AH ENTERPRISES, INC., Appellees.

The horse's new owner contacted the seller and trainer, Matt Cyphert about the discrepancy in Paramour's age, and Cyphert represented that Paramour was eleven years old, and the USEF had made a mistake....
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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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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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Tiana Hornickel, Plaintiff, v. Mario A. Contreras, Tom Reed, and Eva Haron, Defendants.

Mario Contreras is accused of the fraudulent misrepresentation and sale of a client's Andalusian stallion for $150,000. He was allegedly assisted by horse trainers Tom Reed of Florida and Eva Haron of Michigan to create...
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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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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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STATE OF FLORIDA vs. TIFFANY CELESTE RICHTMYER

STATE OF FLORIDA vs. TIFFANY CELESTE RICHTMYER

View court records for Tiffany Richtmyer's charge and plea deal after she was charged with driving while license cancelled, suspended or revoked....
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Equip Yourself for Horse Buying Success

Equip Yourself for Horse Buying Success

Equine legal answers to equip yourself for horse buying success. Some in the equine industry may mask the truth of a horse’s past lameness with half-truths. Consequently, your trusted horse sales agent may be focused on ...
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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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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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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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