Offered For Information And Conviction Of Saddlebred Assailants
reward of at least $100,000 is being offered for information leading
to the apprehension and successful prosecution of the individual(s)
responsible for the attacks on five American Saddlebreds at the
Double D Ranch owned by Dena and Dave Lopez, in Versailles, KY.
American Saddlebred horses, among them multiple world champion
CH Wild Eyed and Wicked, owned by Sally and Joe Jackson, were
harmed by an unknown assailant or assailants by injection of a
caustic substance that caused the blood vessels to harden and
the tissue around the injury to harden and die. Each horse had
a nearly identical circular wound on the back of its left front
pastern. Medical tests of the mystery substance are being performed
by top veterinarians at Cornell University. Other horses involved
are Cats Don't Dance, Meet Prince Charming, Kiss Me and Sassational.
reward fund and additions to it are offered under the jurisdiction
of USA Equestrian, Inc., the National Equestrian Federation of
the United States, and is subject to oversight of its Board of
Directors and Executive Committee. Major pledges have also been
received from the United Professional Horsemens Association
of Lexington, Kentucky, private individuals including owners of
the horses attacked, and others. The American Saddlebred Horse
Association Foundation, Inc, is also arranging for contributions
to be dedicated either to the care of the horses affected, or
to the reward fund.
provide information, contact the Kentucky State Police, Post 12,
Frankfort, Kentucky, and/or call 800-378-3463 or 502-227-2221.
Information may be provided anonymously.
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U.S., is the regulatory body for the Olympic and World Championship
sports of dressage, driving, endurance, eventing, reining, show
jumping, and vaulting, as well as 19 other breeds and disciplines
of equestrian competition. As
the country's largest multi-breed organization, the Federation
has over 80,000 members and recognizes more than 2,800 competitions
nationwide each year. It governs all aspects of competition, including
educating and licensing all judges, stewards, and technical delegates
who officiate at these shows.
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sport in the United States of America, promoting the pursuit of
excellence from the grass roots to the Olympic Games, based on
a foundation of fair, safe competition and the welfare of its
horses, and embracing this vision, to be the best national equestrian
federation in the world.