Kelsey Lefever: ‘Every One of Them Is Dead’

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Kelsey Lefever was starting to panic.  Less than a week earlier, on May 16, 2011, four retired Thoroughbreds the then 23-year-old horse trainer and broker was entrusted to find good homes for were discovered in the trailer of a known kill buyer at the New Holland horse auction in Lancaster County, Pa.

Lefever sent a text message on May 20 to Amy Groninger, her friend of four years said, suggesting they tell anyone who asks that a third woman took the four horses from Lefever. That person and not Lefever, the story went, sent the horses to New Holland, where lip tattoos were checked by Sonja Meadows, a director of Maryland-based Animal’s Angels who passed the information on to Deborah Jones of Thoroughbred Identification, Protection, and Advocacy in California.


Jones called Kevin Patterson, who owned and trained Beau Jaques for several years until an injury ended the son of Straight Man’s career. Patterson said he had given the nine-time winner to Lefever along with $200 and 10 bags of horse feed a few days earlier after Lefever told Patterson she would be able to find the 6-year-old gelding a good home. When he learned Beau Jaques had probably already been killed and butchered in Canada, an irate Patterson contacted Jeffrey Cassel of the Pennsylvania Horse Racing Commission, who advised him to call the Pennsylvania State Police. Trooper Colleen J. Shelly was assigned the case.

“Pls call me I’m panicking,” read the message on Groninger’s phone from a number she identified as that of Lefever. Groninger was supposed to adopt Beau Jaques – one of the four horses that were given to Lefever to re-home a week earlier – in exchange for another horse Groninger previously acquired from Lefever that wasn’t working out. But Groninger lost her chance to adopt Beau Jaques when she went out of town during the time the horse was sent to the kill auction.  Lefever allegedly told Groninger she would waive the sale price of the other horse if Groninger helped her defuse the situation involving Beau Jaques.

Groninger told state trooper Shelly that Lefever called her later while appearing to be intoxicated, saying: “I’m gonna call Deb Jones and invite her over for horse kabobs, f— that lady. And I got some rabbit stew and we are gonna wash it down with Hannah (a pot-bellied pig, according to Groninger).”

Lefever wasn’t finished.

According to Groninger’s statements to Trooper Shelly, Lefever then said: “I killed every one of those f—ing horses, over 120 of them, if they only knew. I only have five left and the ones that you have. Every one of them is dead. I don’t even know their names and there wasn’t a goddamn thing they could do about it because they gave me those horses. I didn’t sign one contract for any of them and there is no paper trail from Bruce (Rotz, the buyer for the Canadian slaughter plant), so they have to prove it.”

On Nov. 16, Lefever, a resident of Honeybrook, Pa., was charged by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania with three felonies and two misdemeanors in connection with the case: one count of deceptive business practices (Grade 3 felony) and four counts of theft by deception (two of them Grade 3 felonies, two of them Grade 1 misdemeanors).

Lefever was released on $20,000 bail and is awaiting a Feb. 6 preliminary hearing in Dauphin County District Court.

MAKE YOUR SLOW RACEHORSE COUNT!
Kevin Patterson said he began looking for a good home for Beau Jaques after the horse injured a tendon while finishing third in a $5,000 claiming race at Charles Town in West Virginia March 29, 2011.  Patterson subsequently spent approximately $1,000 in vet bills to treat the tendon injury though he didn’t want to risk racing Beau Jaques again. Lefever was recommended to Patterson by another trainer at Penn National in Grantsville, Pa., and he heard positive things from other horsemen about her efforts to retrain and re-home ex-racehorses.

On May 13, according to Trooper Shelly’s Affidavit of Probable Cause, Patterson and Amy Albright, his fiancée, met with Lefever in the Penn National racecourse receiving barn and discussed what type of new career Beau Jaques might have. Patterson said Lefever told him the horse would “make a good hunter or jumper,” and he responded that if she needed more money (in addition to the $200 and horse feed he already had given her) to help care for Beau Jaques while she found a new home for him, he would be happy to do so. He also said if things did not work out, he would be glad to take Beau Jaques back.

According to Patterson, Lefever inquired if the horse “had anything in him” (medication). Beau Jaques had only recently been treated with penicillin, phenylbutazone, and naproxen, Patterson told Lefever.

At the time, Patterson thought Lefever asked about drugs because Beau Jaques was such a quiet horse and she must have wondered if he had been tranquilized. When he learned the fate of Beau Jaques, however, he said he believed Lefever asked the question because of the restrictions on medication in horses slaughtered for human consumption.

Patterson said Lefever provided him with items promoting her business, including ink pens and a coffee mug that said “Make Your Slow Racehorse Count!” and “Finding New Homes for OTTBs” (an acronym for off-track Thoroughbreds).

Albright confirmed the meeting to the state trooper, adding that Lefever told Patterson she would never sell Beau Jaques for slaughter, something Patterson and Albright said they were adamantly against.

After she and Patterson learned that Beau Jaques ended up in the hands of a kill buyer at New Holland, Albright tried to find out from Lefever what happened, but Lefever wouldn’t talk to her.

Albright then contacted Groninger, who told her Lefever had a message for Albright and Patterson, namely that “those crazy people don’t have to look for their horse anymore because he is in a box in a freezer and thanks for the money and the feed.”

Groninger told Trooper Shelly she was initially unaware what had happened to Beau Jaques. When she pressed Lefever for an answer, she said, Lefever admitted she had put Beau Jaques and three other Thoroughbreds on the trailer owned by kill-buyer Bruce Rotz, adding “you gotta help me.”

Then, Groninger said, Lefever told her: “Those f—ing tree-huggers, if they are so smart they would have those goddamn numbers and tattoos, they would have those horses. The only one they know is Beau Jaques.”

When Groninger asked if Lefever gave the horses to Rotz, she allegedly replied: “Yep, they are all dead.”

FROM A FAMILY OF KILL BUYERS?
Horse owner Mark C. Bliss was identified by Trooper Shelly as victim number two in the case against Lefever. Bliss said he turned over three horses to Lefever on or about May 13, 2011, after he was convinced she had a legitimate business training horses for second careers.

The three horses, identified with the help of Deborah Jones and additional investigation, were Magickylie, a three-time winner whose last start was March 19 at Mountaineer Park in West Virginia; Marek’s Czech, who won two of 22 starts and last raced Feb. 9 at Charles Town; and Lion R Ess VP, one for 15 and last raced at Penn National April 5. Bliss owned the latter two in the name of his Twenty Twenty Stable, while Magickylie was owned and trained by Jerry Norwood, who asked Bliss to find a home for the horse that would keep him out of “harm’s way” – in other words, a kill auction and slaughter plant. Norwood has since died, according to the affidavit of probable cause.

Bliss said Lefever told him she never takes horses to kill auctions and always finds them a good home.

There were, however, some skeptics like Tera Schauer of the Happy Tails Holistic Rescue Rehabilitation and Sanctuary in Paxinos, Pa. Schauer was concerned that Lefever was posting an unusually high number of ex-racehorses for sale on her Facebook page and noticed that when someone posed a question about one of the horses, Lefever would reply that the horse was gone.

Deborah Jones in California notifed Schauer that Lefever had claimed to be fostering horses on behalf of Schauer’s rescue, Happy Tails. Several weeks before the Beau Jaques incident when Schauer talked with Lefever – who she said had been portraying herself as someone working to save the lives of horses and rehome them – Lefever said she had grown up in a family of horse dealers and kill buyers and had even dated a kill buyer at one time.  Schauer said Lefever told her she had undergone a transformation and now wanted to save horses from slaughter.

THE MONEY TRAIL, A CHANCE MEETING
Bruce Rotz, who is under contract to buy horses for the Canadian meat company Viande Richelieu, confirmed to Trooper Shelly the four horses in his trailer May 16 – Beau Jaques, Magickylie, Marek’s Czech, and Lion R Ess VP – were sold for slaughter.

According to Rotz, a New Holland Horse Auction employee named John Whiteside put the horses in his trailer thereby avoiding them being sold through the auction ring, where it was more likely they would be identified as recently-raced Thoroughbreds. Many racetracks, including Penn National, have adopted rules in recent years punishing owners and trainers of horses that ended up at kill auctions. Anti-slaughter critics have said the tracks are not stringently enforcing those rules, however, and kill auctions help avoid detection of the ex-racehorses when they are sold privately.

Rotz told Trooper Shelly the horses were supposed to be auctioned off and that he was “nervous as hell” because Whiteside had made the same arrangements with him in the past. Whiteside asked Rotz if he wanted to buy the horses, and Rotz took them to his farm and weighed them. A subpoena of Rotz’ bank records disclosed that Rotz wrote two checks to Whiteside on May 21, 2011: one for $374.50 and another for $1,286.50, the latter check’s memo line stating “4 horses.”

On July 18, Trooper Shelly visited the New Holland auction to speak with Whiteside, but upon her arrival she observed Kelsey Lefever drive past in a pick-up truck pulling a horse trailer.

The state trooper asked Lefever about the four horses found at New Holland in May, and Lefever denied sending them to slaughter. She also said that while she always gets contracts for horses she buys and sells, in this instance an unknown woman “showed up” at her barn and bought the horses. Lefever said she didn’t know who the woman was.

In her affidavit, Trooper Shelly said Lefever’s version of the facts was consistent with the statement by Lefever’s friend, Amy Groninger, that Lefever “attempted to have Groninger fabricate a story about the whereabouts of the four horses in question.”

UNANSWERED QUESTIONS
If this mystery woman who supposedly bought the four horses from Lefever does exist, why did she turn around and sell them to New Holland auction employee John Whiteside? If so, did Whiteside pay cash for the horses or write a check? Maybe he at least got the woman’s name.

Also not answered in the affidavit of probable cause is an explanation of how Lefever had such ready access to the secured stable area of Penn National. One trainer who spoke to the Paulick Report on the condition of anonymity said Lefever was a regular visitor to the track, bringing her truck and trailer to the stable area despite not being licensed in any capacity by the Pennsylvania Horse Racing Commission. The trainer wondered how Lefever was allowed such access when security guards stringently require licensed personnel to display their badges.

Call and emails to Chris McErlean, vice president-racing for Penn National – asking whether Lefever is still allowed in the stable area and if Penn National has revised its security procedures – were not returned.

Lefever did not return a message left on her phone from the Paulick Report.

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  • Thevoiceoftruth69

    Maybe when Mr. McErlean gets back to you Ray, he can tell you the name of the trainer who signed the day passes to allow Ms. Lefever to conduct her alleged illegal practices at Penn National Race Track.   A trainer must sign a day pass for someone such as this alleged b*tch to gain access to the back side.

  • tfly

    I think anyone involved in horse slaughter should be made to ride in the truck with the horses, and i don’t mean in the cab of the truck.
    This story reminds me of a conviction of someone from Finger Lakes who was doing the same (alleged) thing- taking horses to rehome,but instead selling to the killers.  i think in that case she got jail time.  If this case as presented is true, then i hope for the same result.

  • Cindy Rullman

    This will continue to be common place until the public becomes irate enough to insist that their legislators pass the American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act and to make it so socially unacceptable to slaughter a horse that no slaughterhouses will dare to open in the U.S.  It doesn’t do any good to whine and shake our heads about it.  We have to pick up the phone and call our legislators to put unrelenting pressure on them to bring an end to this insanity.

  • Seeifyoucankeepup

    Face it….if these four horses identity had never been found out, the owners and trainers that gave those horses away (with good intentions!) would still never know what had happened to those horses.  Out of sight, out of mind.

    My relative used to train and we gave away some horses to questionable people, knowing that in the back of our mind, they would most likely end up in slaughter, but what can you do?  You are on the racetrack trying to keep getting stalls with that racetrack every year so you have to get rid of the horses that can’t run as soon as possible. 

    Farm owners find those trainers that take the imperfect horses on deals at cheaper tracks and try and get rid of them that way too.  

    It is an ugly side to any industry, but that is how it is.  When the market tanked 4 years ago, ask the stallion farms how many mare owners said, “She is out in the field at so & so farm.  You and that farm owner can fight it out over who gets what from the sale of her and the foal.  I am done.”  There were mares left everywhere. 

    Face it, there are mean people out there to ALL animals, not just horses.  There are people that go on Craigslist to get rid of their dogs/cats that they don’t have time for anymore, moving can’t take it with me, etc.  You don’t think that the people that do dogfights aren’t looking for free bait dogs????  If we can’t take care of our pets for their whole lifetime, what makes you think that they will take care of their own horses? 

  • Cgriff

    Ray,
    Top drawer investigative reporting – you have a real gift for ferreting out the facts.  Please update as the news comes in.  As a PA resident – I am so disheartened that the PA Horse Racing Commission has done little to knuckle down on this woman (and I’m sure there are others) profitting nicely from duping well meaning owners into sending their horses to slaughter.  I know that in the racing world – PA tracks are bush league at best, but this makes us not only bush league but the last stop in an illegal activity.  Maybe PA shouldn’t have tracks if this is how the Commission oversees them.

  • TBDancer

    This was NOT a good story to start my week. Lefever’s cold-hearted greed undoes all the good works done by legitimate rehoming organizations. I agree with Thevoiceoftruth60, that whoever gave this bee-yatch a pass to the track needs to be outed. Hope posters with Lefever’s picture and all known aliases are sent to tracks around the country. She needs to be held accountable for what she did.

  • Liz O’Connell

    Good job Ray. Too bad the situation with the mares that owners donated to Star Barn Thoroughbreds (PA) being sent to New Holland (some went to slaughter) didn’t warrant a story. I believe some of their offspring were part of the seizure in MD. Deb Jones has those details.

  • Sinking Ship

    Let’s face it … the “no-slaughter” policies in effect at both Penn National and Parx aren’t worth the paper they’re written on. They are just window-dressing to make it appear like the tracks really care about their equine participants. And the Pa. Racing Commission is comprised of a group of political hacks who have little or no interest in policing these tracks and least of all in doling out punishments to rule-breakers.

  • Sinking Ship

    Absolutely agree, Liz … Star Barn most certainly warranted a story, especially with the recent discovery of many of their weanlings left starving at a farm in Littlestown, Pa.

  • Sinking Ship

    … and the fact that the glut of Star Barn’s mares came from a classified ad they placed in The Blood-Horse, looking for mares for a “pasture breeding experiment”! If this whole Star Barn fiasco wasn’t newsworthy, then I don’t know what is!

  • Thevoiceoftruth69

    Ray, please don’t move on from this story and find out who signed this woman in please.   There has to be a paper trail here.  How do we know if the person who may have signed her in wasn’t a co-conspirator in these alleged wrongdoings?  Call the lady in the commission office at Penn National.  I heard she may be the superior of Cassell who you have mentioned in the story.  Her name is Tina.

  • Ida

    Oh My God!!!!

  • maggi moss

    Ray,  I too hope you keep on this story;   I also would once and for all, call for “any of our TB. leader groups -  TOBA,  HBPA,  anyone hire an individual to police and control these situations.   Why does all the drama always seem to surround PENN NATL, and why doesnt the hbpa there or anyone demand answers of managment?

  • NY Owner

    Unfortunately, that Act wouldn’t have helped these horses.  Horses will continue to be shipped to Canada and Mexico until a ban on “transport for slaughter” is passed.

  • Deb Jones

    I believe it was Tim Hooper bringing Lefever on the backside of Penn. They were good friends at the time but he assured me he had no idea she was sending them to slaughter.

  • NY Owner

    I’m with you on this one Voice!  Parx just suspended a trainer for 10 years for being “inappropriate” with a female staffer.  They had better come down with both feet on anyone responsible for aiding this dirt bag!

  • Matthew Martini

    This is great reporting, Ray.

    I feel for any trainer/owner who sends a horse to a person with good intentions (e.g., to re-train the horse for a second career), only to find out later that their horse was sold to a “kill buyer.” Horrible.

    Penn National has some explaining to do.

  • Deb Jones

    Finally! Thanks Ray!  If I may make one important correction. I do not belong or head up any non profit organization. I am a “one man band” donating time and resources identifying thoroughbreds in the slaughter pipeline/situations of neglect etc  and rely on a vast network of good folks in the thoroughbred rescue and racing industry to help bring these horses to safety. Deborah Jones

  • Allgameson

    I would love to take this heartless, disgusting, horrible woman and the piece of sh*t trainer that signed her in the stable area to a dark alley and beat the sh*t out of them and break each bone with a hammer!!!

  • http://www.paulickreport.com Brad Cummings

    I wonder if anyone has informed the Blood-Horse of that

  • RayPaulick

    Thank you, Deborah. I’ve amended that sentence but assume you are still associated with a group by that name.

  • carol swenson

    Thank you for providing names of those involved in sending thoroughbreds to slaughter.  For a breeder who loves her thoroughbreds, this story is her worst nightmare.  The bottom line is knowing who is honest when we give away a retired thoroughbred.

  • Angel1407844

    This woman is a scumbag!She needs to be held accountable for what she has done to these poor horses.

  • Joe

    Maggi, with all due respects including for what you have done to save Siphonizer and other horses at risk of being catastrophically injured or going to slaughter, you’ve got to know that the HBPA is a noxious organization that is pro-drug and pro-trash racing which is slowly killing the goose that has been laying its golden eggs with arsenic. TOBA might have recently changed its stance about equine retirement/slaughter but Metzger used to have allergic reactions when exposed to that subject.

  • RayPaulick

    Deborah,
    I spoke with Tim Hooper, who said he met Kelsey Lefever in the Penn National stable area after seeing her there on multiple occasions. Hooper said after they became acquainted that he signed Lefever in to the stable area on one occasion, and that it is documented with security. He also reiterated to me what he told  you, that he had no idea that she was allegedly sending these horses to New Holland.

  • Curlin03

    Every aspect of this article is disturbing, but the hate and disregard this woman appears to have toward the horses is very creepy. The fact that these bottom feeders are allowed to frequent any track shows how truly disconnected those in charge really are. These horses are literally only worth the meat on their bones to these people. They all need to go, NOW!

  • Gail0625

    Anti slaughter laws need to be passes. The breeders and owners need to start taking responsibility for their horses and not just dump them on others, never caring what happens to them. The tracks need to enforce their no kill rules and if rules are broken, the offenders need to loose their licenses instead of just a smack on the hand. They also need to stop letting these people backside. I have seen people get backside the have no business being there without even signing in. Everyone involved with these horses need to be held responsible for the welfare of them.

  • Michenka

    There is a lady in LA now doing the same thing. I don’t know her last name but her first name is Renee’. She is or recently was pregnant. She come to TB farms and tracks claiming to have horses homes. I was around when I saw a wonderful looking mare that was going off to be a “polo pony” going into a six horse trailer that had nine horses shoved in it. I found the name of the former owner and informed them of what I saw. Turned out she had given that and several other horses to her for retraining for new careers. Because of my call it killed her flow of free horses in WV so she moved to LA.  Look out folks don’t believe a word she says. Your horse goes to the killer within days. She does not even try to find a home for the horse. Please keep an eye out. May God bless any animal that is in her “care”.

  • Joe

    Thank you Michenka! LA is another cesspool.

  • Laurie

    Wanted to clarify that the trainer pictured in this article is Amy Albright who was a victim of this woman.  Until I clicked on the picture and enlarged it I assumed it was a picture of Lefever.

  • Kireesah

    This is one evil, scheming demon of a woman and she needs to be STOPPED.  Kick her and her kind OUT!!! It is good that these stories, names and address are published so that future victims of these schemes are aware of the culprits and they can be put out there as horse killers. And those so called professionals that work with them and cannot be punished should be added to the TB HALL OF SHAME and banned from the tracks!!!!!

  • Amy

    When will this end!  Horse slaughter needs to be stopped!  No more horses to Canada or mexico…but this is all about the almighty $$$$$.  The human race SUX!!

  • CMA

    Thank you ray, for bringing to light this problem.  Sadly, we have it happen ALL the TIME.  The groups working out of the racetracks do what they can to educate the racetracks, but without a police report we have a tough time keeping them out of the front gates.

  • ShelleyA

    The American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act includes the banning of transport of horses for slaughter.

  • http://www.facebook.com/bracaloni Lorrie Bracaloni

    So sad so sad

  • Rita

    Thank you for sharing this story; it is hearbreaking but important to read.

  • http://twitter.com/NatalieReinert Natalie K. Reinert

    You’re right. We should never fight cruelty and inhumanity, because there will always be more. We should just give up and let misery happen. I mean, we’re all going to die anyway, so what difference does it make? 

    Defeatism serves no purpose here. Move along.

  • Abucks

    Unfortunately, it not just Penn National where this happens, although they do seem to be caught there more often. Just two days ago in southern California a horse named Pancho and Cisco was purchased by a horse rescue group at a killer sale in Chino, California. Pancho and Cisco, trained by Saundra L. Aquirre, and owned by Samuel Almaraz, raced at Hollywood Park on 12/01/11, and had a 3/8 mile breeze there on December 26…then was unceremoniously sent to the killer sale, destined for slaughter in Mexico if it were not for the efforts of the horse rescue group. Pancho and Cisco is safe, but there were apparently several other Thoroughbreds run through the ring that day…California, with racing at the highest levels, needs to firmly address this, yet not a peep has been heard from management at Hollywood Park.

  • Keely

    Ray, please continue the story. Make all those involved accountable

  • Indianlite

    A lot of truths are here…..I wish it would get more attention. this set-up is exactly what happens all over. I have a mare and foal from the Derby Day horses that were at the killer auction and am so happy to have her every day!

  • GIMMIEABREAK

    OWNERS SIMPLY NEED TO BE MORE THOROUGH WHEN SEEKING A RETIREMENT OPTION FOR THEIR LOYAL, HARD WORKING, TOO YOUNG TB’S WHO MAY NOT BE THE RACER THEY HAD HOPED. IT DOESN’T MEAN YOU JUST GIVE THEM AWAY ON A SPIT AND A HANDSHAKE AND TURN YOUR BACK. SHAME ON THE OWNERS FOR NOT DOING THEIR DUE DILIGENCE. THIS IS DISGRACEFUL!

  • Bellwether

    HORSE TRACKS ACROSS AMERCIA NEED TO CRACK DOWN (LONG TIME AGO) ON HOO GETS THRU THE GATE…LIC. PEOPLE ONLY…TIME N TIME OUT…JUST LOOK @ THE DICK DUTROW FEE A$$ COE @ LAUREL PARK???…WHAT HAPPENED TO ALL THE GAMBLER$ $$$ ON THAT DEAL???…THE HORSE SHOULD NEVER HAVE RECEIVED THE SHOT/NEVER SHOULD HAVE BEEN ALLOWED TO RUN/ALL INVOLVED KNEW THE DEAL…SLAUGHTER FREAKS SHOULD NEVER EVER B ALLOWED ON THE BACK SIDE!!!…DAMN THEM!!!…GET BUSY HORSE PEOPLE!!!…PLEASE…ty…

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Lyn-Cornwell/1829209921 Lyn Cornwell

    Sorry to say that will not happen as long as Obama is in…look what he did on Thanksgiving for our proud mustangs….

  • RayPaulick

    Perhaps we should offer a prize to someone who snaps a picture of Ms. Lefever. We felt the caption was enough to identify Amy Albright, but appreciate the note.

  • http://www.facebook.com/SaveStallions Mary Adkins-Matthews

    This is what has pushed slaughter further and further underground. This is why thoroughbreds are found DAILY at dumping grounds going straight to slaughter and no chance of being saved. The racing industry needs to step up for the horses and make sure they are safe. There will always be kill buyers willing to take unwanted horses and there will always be “so called” rescues that are pretending to help solve the problem. In the meantime, horses are hidden when they leave the track and unable to have a second chance. This may seem like a great victory to some but for the future horses, it is a death sentence for more of them. It simply means the people unloading them need to be more careful.  The industry must be made accountable and programs that do NOT work need to be replaced by ones that will which include euthanizing horses that can’t move into second careers.

  • Ronnie Greene

    Thank you Mr. Paulick for this report.  So terribly sad but enforces that word-of-mouth as to verifying who you hand your horse over to is not good enough…AT ALL.  Your last two paragraphs, a trainer wondering how Lefever was allowed to bring her truck and trailer to the racetrack on a regular basis at the secured stables of Penn National?  Hellooo!  It is common knowledge that the “meat truck,” kill buyer truck, is at racetracks on a regular basis, usually waiting at a back lot.  Waiting for some poor horse/horses who ran their hearts out for their reward>>>Hell House of Slaughter.  More than SHAME  And these are thoroughbreds (TB’s) who made money for their owners, most likely lots of $$$.  At least enough to search for a rescue?  There are many rescues, rehabs, only for TB’s.  Or if so injured, humane euthanasia by vet injection.  Or yes, bullet to the head.  All more humane than the torture of the horse slaughter pipeline: From stable to auction, to trailer to trailer, for miles and miles, packed tight, w/o food, water, exercise, to face more terror as the horse approaches the kill box and ineffective captive bolt to the head.  End of story for horse:  A great majority, semi to fully conscious as butchered alive.  Solution to all above?  FEDERAL BAN ON HORSE SLAUGHTER.  Thank You.

  • Ronnie Greene

    Thank you Mr. Paulick for this report.  So terribly sad but enforces that word-of-mouth as to verifying who you hand your horse over to is not good enough…AT ALL.  Your last two paragraphs, a trainer wondering how Lefever was allowed to bring her truck and trailer to the racetrack on a regular basis at the secured stables of Penn National?  Hellooo!  It is common knowledge that the “meat truck,” kill buyer truck, is at racetracks on a regular basis, usually waiting at a back lot.  Waiting for some poor horse/horses who ran their hearts out for their reward>>>Hell House of Slaughter.  More than SHAME  And these are thoroughbreds (TB’s) who made money for their owners, most likely lots of $$$.  At least enough to search for a rescue?  There are many rescues, rehabs, only for TB’s.  Or if so injured, humane euthanasia by vet injection.  Or yes, bullet to the head.  All more humane than the torture of the horse slaughter pipeline: From stable to auction, to trailer to trailer, for miles and miles, packed tight, w/o food, water, exercise, to face more terror as the horse approaches the kill box and ineffective captive bolt to the head.  End of story for horse:  A great majority, semi to fully conscious as butchered alive.  Solution to all above?  FEDERAL BAN ON HORSE SLAUGHTER.  Thank You.

  • Rachel

    Even though it’s a living creature that earns them their paycheck for decades…it’s not a good business model to help ensure a decent home for the “old” race horses…you know, the 4, 5, 6 +- year-olds who probably only have 15 or 20 more years left anyways…

  • EquineAvenger

    But you can be assured that he knew about the horses being sent from Elk Creek to New Holland.

  • Rachel

    oops, sorry that “for decades” is in my first sentence…tried to rewrite & missed taking that out…wish there was a “preview post”…

  • Gfpowell

    A multi-faceted approach: First and foremost the racing industry MUST fund TB rescue groups by donating 1% from wagering. The racehorse generates this money and deserves a % for their retraining. Second, tell our legislators to BAN horse slaughter and transport; Third, donate money to designated vets to cover the cost of humane euthanasia when needed; Fourth, educate citizens of France on what they are eating; Fifthy, hold accountable racetracks that support an anti-slaughter stance, but don’t enforce their policy. Better still legislate mandatory funding for TB’s from those sources in the industry that make millions off the racehorse.

    Another totally unrelated group that has covert connections to slaughter is the local horsemen’s group commonly referred to as the HBPA. This group operates under virtual impunity and doesn’t represent the majority if horse people (trainers) who are struggling to make a living. Yet, they claim to represent us all. Many trainers have concluded one thing about the HBPA they are in it for themselves as they help themselves to the stalks on racetracks, control drug/urine tests allegedly controlling the outcome of races. Any trainer that is “connected” to the HBPA gets preferred treatment. Therefore, we alledge that many horses on the track are owned by the HBPA who allegedly tells their trainer to dump the horses after they fill their alleged fixed races.

  • Lorena M. taft

    @The voice of truth. Good Point.  Doesnt Penn Have a NO Slaughter Policy?  Charles Town does too i think.  The trainer could get banned from racing at that track then.

  • Rachel

    Thanks, Laurie, I thought it was Lefever, too.

  • Gfpowell

    A multi-faceted approach: First and foremost the racing industry MUST fund TB rescue groups by donating 1% from wagering. The racehorse generates this money and deserves a % for their retraining. Second, tell our legislators to BAN horse slaughter and transport; Third, donate money to designated vets to cover the cost of humane euthanasia when needed; Fourth, educate citizens of France on what they are eating; Fifthy, hold accountable racetracks that support an anti-slaughter stance, but don’t enforce their policy. Better still legislate mandatory funding for TB’s from those sources in the industry that make millions off the racehorse.

    Another totally unrelated group that has covert connections to slaughter is the local horsemen’s group commonly referred to as the HBPA. This group operates under virtual impunity and doesn’t represent the majority if horse people (trainers) who are struggling to make a living. Yet, they claim to represent us all. Many trainers have concluded one thing about the HBPA they are in it for themselves as they help themselves to the stalks on racetracks, control drug/urine tests allegedly controlling the outcome of races. Any trainer that is “connected” to the HBPA gets preferred treatment. Therefore, we alledge that many horses on the track are owned by the HBPA who allegedly tells their trainer to dump the horses after they fill their alleged fixed races.

  • http://www.facebook.com/Rockybudgeboa Leslie M. Bliman-Kuretzky

    Heartbreaking

  • Isisgirl13

    Thanks to our wonderful commander and chief and congress
    Now pigs like lefvar don’t even have to transport the horses out of the US.

  • Bansheebreeze

    I did too. Thanks for clarifying that.

  • In tears

    This article has turned my stomach. The tracks in Pa. know what is going on and continue to turn their backs on the situation. I would not be surprised if Ms. Lefever is one of the low lifes that score the upper lip of a horse off the track with a razor blade so the tat number can’t be read at a killer sale. Pennsylvania Breeders Association have no interest in helping track horses, there is no money in it for them. On their 2012 stallion directory cover are the words………
    “cornerstone to success in Keystone State”. But there are no offerings in the directory on saving your resulting foal when it is finished racing..
    I no longer have interest in breeding track horses or racing, because of what happens to these animals when their racing career has ended. It is just not worth that kind of price.
    I have a Artax gelding in my barn, his owner wanted me to take him to New Holland “where they get their heads chopped off.” I kept the horse, he is just too nice a horse for that to happen to him. In the owners words he is only interested in racing and does not care what happens to them when they can no longer race. People interested in the well fare of these animals need to join together to stop the Lefever’s in racing.

  • Lwarren

    Consumption of horse meat is about to become legal in this country therefore we are going to see A LOT more of this!

  • Garrett Redmond

    Why wonder “if”?  Why don’t you pick up the phone and inform BloodHorse?

  • Racherasaro

    The law has not even gone into effect for slaughtering horses here as I read from some one that Lefever’s actions are due to our prez..the horses are still slaughtered in Canada not the USA.If you want to make a difference I suggest you harass your local guys as I am doing…unfortunately these vultures have always been around the horse biz and they will continue to find ways around the laws..our journey should be to make it unprofitable for them because they have no heart..they only care about the money..kinda like a lobbyist..get rid of the profit and then we will get rid of them.

  • Blueyesusan

    Dear girl may the devil hold a special place in Hell for you. Karma is always a resounding joy.

  • Sunspungr

    hey anyone see the movie Apocolypto Mel Gibson directed? Well the Mayans would rip your heart out cook it, eat it while you watched! before you died! then lop off your head and watch it spin down the temple! think this is way to nice for these morans but think they should die in this manner!

  • Deb Jones

    Brad, several have contacted the Blood-Horse and Thoroughbred Times re the Star Barn situation but they did not appear interested and unfortunately the humane society investigating the neglect and starvation of these broodmares and weanlings failed miserably in helping them!

  • MissPat01

    Crying shame we can’t ship that “woman” off to
    Canada to slaughter.

  • Sinking Ship

    Here is the ad that was placed under “Horses Wanted” in February, 2010:
    Star Barn Thoroughbreds –
    PA Need capital donations and 100 high qualify maiden and open mares
    for our 501 (c) (3) Thoroughbred Reproduction Research Project. This project
    will benefit our donors, their designated beneficiaries, the Thoroughbred
    industry and unemployed horsemen. (717) 469-2300 paul.truitt@agrariancountry.com

  • horse owner NY

    Of the solutions you propose only the fifth one you mention would actually do anything and has the power to stop this practice.  Tracks still do nothing but lip service to prevent this practice.  There must be suspensions and bans against trainers and owners that do not take care of the horses that have worked so hard for them.
    The 1% purse money forced to go to a fund for retirement is a joke.  Just more red tape.  The large majority of owners do take care of their horses.  Another black box “fund” is not what this sport needs.

  • Tiznowbaby

    Owners need to reconsider donating to a public university too. They get all kinds of “donations” so that the owners can get a tax write off. Many go on the kill truck. It’s been decades, but I can still see clearly in my mind a beautiful 25 year-old Arabian mare leave her holding pen at the university I graduated from to get on the kill truck. She had been a broodmare for years for her former owner and now was tossed out with the rest of the “trash.” God, that mare was still beautiful. She deserved better after her years of service.

  • Gene

    In reply to Maggi Moss, the HBPA will never ask for answers from track management mainly because the lines of communication between the two are somewhat broken. Track management despises one of the board members but this is typical at this bottom level track. As far as the HBPA goes this organization is probably the most dysfunctional organization ever assembled. Even more so than the Pa. State Racing Commission and track management itself. Hear me out and then make your own opinion. First off, the HBPA has a president that has a very checkered past. she was a prominent subject in a state investigation which entailed corruption and the shocking of race horses. that investigation was squashed but a grand jury made strong recommendations that the individual be fully investigated for her unethical practices with horses. It’s been established that she perjured herself in her some of her testimony and she also has sent many horses ro the kill pens in Canada. As i write this she is also now a key figure in an ongoing federal investigation. I ask all of you reading this, is this the type of person you want running your HBPA??? Then we have an executive director that is a self serving egotistical liar. He cares only about what profits himself and a few of his close counterparts. I understand that his big obsession at the moment is sueing some fellow horsemen on behalf of his pristine HBPA and claiming that these people have caused the track handle to fall and that they have ruined the product. Again, to those reading this, we have all seen the constant problems at Penn National. We have read about them for the past several years. Do you really believe that a few individuals are really responsible for the ills of Penn National? Or could it be that the few individuals being sued are good honest people that were called upon for testimony in the state investigation and now they are singled out because a few people on the HBPA board are indeed subjects in an ongoing federal investigation? these good people are being harassed and intimidated and its felt that a lawsuit will shut them up. Is this the kind of worm you want running your HBPA? I don’t think so!! Does the HBPA know what witness tampering is? they may soon find out. This, Maggi Moss is the kind of HBPA that works for the Penn horsemen. and you expect them to get to the bottom of the Kelsey LeFever incident.
       Ray, once again you have done a masterful job of obtaining the facts and getting a story to us that we all should know about. I hope you stay on this story until all involved are punished for their disgusting deeds. As far as the other things that were mentioned here, its about time that the truth is known about Penn Gaming and it’s dysfunctional HBPA.

  • James Staples

    BIG BLACK EYE ON “THE GAME”…THE STEWARTS OF ”THE GAME” NEED TO GET OFF THEIR A$$E$ ON THIS ISSUE…NOW!!!…ty…

  • Gene

    In reply to Maggi Moss, the HBPA will never ask for answers from track management mainly because the lines of communication between the two are somewhat broken. Track management despises one of the board members but this is typical at this bottom level track. As far as the HBPA goes this organization is probably the most dysfunctional organization ever assembled. Even more so than the Pa. State Racing Commission and track management itself. Hear me out and then make your own opinion. First off, the HBPA has a president that has a very checkered past. she was a prominent subject in a state investigation which entailed corruption and the shocking of race horses. that investigation was squashed but a grand jury made strong recommendations that the individual be fully investigated for her unethical practices with horses. It’s been established that she perjured herself in her some of her testimony and she also has sent many horses ro the kill pens in Canada. As i write this she is also now a key figure in an ongoing federal investigation. I ask all of you reading this, is this the type of person you want running your HBPA??? Then we have an executive director that is a self serving egotistical liar. He cares only about what profits himself and a few of his close counterparts. I understand that his big obsession at the moment is sueing some fellow horsemen on behalf of his pristine HBPA and claiming that these people have caused the track handle to fall and that they have ruined the product. Again, to those reading this, we have all seen the constant problems at Penn National. We have read about them for the past several years. Do you really believe that a few individuals are really responsible for the ills of Penn National? Or could it be that the few individuals being sued are good honest people that were called upon for testimony in the state investigation and now they are singled out because a few people on the HBPA board are indeed subjects in an ongoing federal investigation? these good people are being harassed and intimidated and its felt that a lawsuit will shut them up. Is this the kind of worm you want running your HBPA? I don’t think so!! Does the HBPA know what witness tampering is? they may soon find out. This, Maggi Moss is the kind of HBPA that works for the Penn horsemen. and you expect them to get to the bottom of the Kelsey LeFever incident.
       Ray, once again you have done a masterful job of obtaining the facts and getting a story to us that we all should know about. I hope you stay on this story until all involved are punished for their disgusting deeds. As far as the other things that were mentioned here, its about time that the truth is known about Penn Gaming and it’s dysfunctional HBPA.

  • Gene

    In reply to Maggi Moss, the HBPA will never ask for answers from track management mainly because the lines of communication between the two are somewhat broken. Track management despises one of the board members but this is typical at this bottom level track. As far as the HBPA goes this organization is probably the most dysfunctional organization ever assembled. Even more so than the Pa. State Racing Commission and track management itself. Hear me out and then make your own opinion. First off, the HBPA has a president that has a very checkered past. she was a prominent subject in a state investigation which entailed corruption and the shocking of race horses. that investigation was squashed but a grand jury made strong recommendations that the individual be fully investigated for her unethical practices with horses. It’s been established that she perjured herself in her some of her testimony and she also has sent many horses ro the kill pens in Canada. As i write this she is also now a key figure in an ongoing federal investigation. I ask all of you reading this, is this the type of person you want running your HBPA??? Then we have an executive director that is a self serving egotistical liar. He cares only about what profits himself and a few of his close counterparts. I understand that his big obsession at the moment is sueing some fellow horsemen on behalf of his pristine HBPA and claiming that these people have caused the track handle to fall and that they have ruined the product. Again, to those reading this, we have all seen the constant problems at Penn National. We have read about them for the past several years. Do you really believe that a few individuals are really responsible for the ills of Penn National? Or could it be that the few individuals being sued are good honest people that were called upon for testimony in the state investigation and now they are singled out because a few people on the HBPA board are indeed subjects in an ongoing federal investigation? these good people are being harassed and intimidated and its felt that a lawsuit will shut them up. Is this the kind of worm you want running your HBPA? I don’t think so!! Does the HBPA know what witness tampering is? they may soon find out. This, Maggi Moss is the kind of HBPA that works for the Penn horsemen. and you expect them to get to the bottom of the Kelsey LeFever incident.
       Ray, once again you have done a masterful job of obtaining the facts and getting a story to us that we all should know about. I hope you stay on this story until all involved are punished for their disgusting deeds. As far as the other things that were mentioned here, its about time that the truth is known about Penn Gaming and it’s dysfunctional HBPA.

  • Gene

    In reply to Maggi Moss, the HBPA will never ask for answers from track management mainly because the lines of communication between the two are somewhat broken. Track management despises one of the board members but this is typical at this bottom level track. As far as the HBPA goes this organization is probably the most dysfunctional organization ever assembled. Even more so than the Pa. State Racing Commission and track management itself. Hear me out and then make your own opinion. First off, the HBPA has a president that has a very checkered past. she was a prominent subject in a state investigation which entailed corruption and the shocking of race horses. that investigation was squashed but a grand jury made strong recommendations that the individual be fully investigated for her unethical practices with horses. It’s been established that she perjured herself in her some of her testimony and she also has sent many horses ro the kill pens in Canada. As i write this she is also now a key figure in an ongoing federal investigation. I ask all of you reading this, is this the type of person you want running your HBPA??? Then we have an executive director that is a self serving egotistical liar. He cares only about what profits himself and a few of his close counterparts. I understand that his big obsession at the moment is sueing some fellow horsemen on behalf of his pristine HBPA and claiming that these people have caused the track handle to fall and that they have ruined the product. Again, to those reading this, we have all seen the constant problems at Penn National. We have read about them for the past several years. Do you really believe that a few individuals are really responsible for the ills of Penn National? Or could it be that the few individuals being sued are good honest people that were called upon for testimony in the state investigation and now they are singled out because a few people on the HBPA board are indeed subjects in an ongoing federal investigation? these good people are being harassed and intimidated and its felt that a lawsuit will shut them up. Is this the kind of worm you want running your HBPA? I don’t think so!! Does the HBPA know what witness tampering is? they may soon find out. This, Maggi Moss is the kind of HBPA that works for the Penn horsemen. and you expect them to get to the bottom of the Kelsey LeFever incident.
       Ray, once again you have done a masterful job of obtaining the facts and getting a story to us that we all should know about. I hope you stay on this story until all involved are punished for their disgusting deeds. As far as the other things that were mentioned here, its about time that the truth is known about Penn Gaming and it’s dysfunctional HBPA.

  • Gene

    In reply to Maggi Moss, the HBPA will never ask for answers from track management mainly because the lines of communication between the two are somewhat broken. Track management despises one of the board members but this is typical at this bottom level track. As far as the HBPA goes this organization is probably the most dysfunctional organization ever assembled. Even more so than the Pa. State Racing Commission and track management itself. Hear me out and then make your own opinion. First off, the HBPA has a president that has a very checkered past. she was a prominent subject in a state investigation which entailed corruption and the shocking of race horses. that investigation was squashed but a grand jury made strong recommendations that the individual be fully investigated for her unethical practices with horses. It’s been established that she perjured herself in her some of her testimony and she also has sent many horses ro the kill pens in Canada. As i write this she is also now a key figure in an ongoing federal investigation. I ask all of you reading this, is this the type of person you want running your HBPA??? Then we have an executive director that is a self serving egotistical liar. He cares only about what profits himself and a few of his close counterparts. I understand that his big obsession at the moment is sueing some fellow horsemen on behalf of his pristine HBPA and claiming that these people have caused the track handle to fall and that they have ruined the product. Again, to those reading this, we have all seen the constant problems at Penn National. We have read about them for the past several years. Do you really believe that a few individuals are really responsible for the ills of Penn National? Or could it be that the few individuals being sued are good honest people that were called upon for testimony in the state investigation and now they are singled out because a few people on the HBPA board are indeed subjects in an ongoing federal investigation? these good people are being harassed and intimidated and its felt that a lawsuit will shut them up. Is this the kind of worm you want running your HBPA? I don’t think so!! Does the HBPA know what witness tampering is? they may soon find out. This, Maggi Moss is the kind of HBPA that works for the Penn horsemen. and you expect them to get to the bottom of the Kelsey LeFever incident.
       Ray, once again you have done a masterful job of obtaining the facts and getting a story to us that we all should know about. I hope you stay on this story until all involved are punished for their disgusting deeds. As far as the other things that were mentioned here, its about time that the truth is known about Penn Gaming and it’s dysfunctional HBPA.

  • Gene

    In reply to Maggi Moss, the HBPA will never ask for answers from track management mainly because the lines of communication between the two are somewhat broken. Track management despises one of the board members but this is typical at this bottom level track. As far as the HBPA goes this organization is probably the most dysfunctional organization ever assembled. Even more so than the Pa. State Racing Commission and track management itself. Hear me out and then make your own opinion. First off, the HBPA has a president that has a very checkered past. she was a prominent subject in a state investigation which entailed corruption and the shocking of race horses. that investigation was squashed but a grand jury made strong recommendations that the individual be fully investigated for her unethical practices with horses. It’s been established that she perjured herself in her some of her testimony and she also has sent many horses ro the kill pens in Canada. As i write this she is also now a key figure in an ongoing federal investigation. I ask all of you reading this, is this the type of person you want running your HBPA??? Then we have an executive director that is a self serving egotistical liar. He cares only about what profits himself and a few of his close counterparts. I understand that his big obsession at the moment is sueing some fellow horsemen on behalf of his pristine HBPA and claiming that these people have caused the track handle to fall and that they have ruined the product. Again, to those reading this, we have all seen the constant problems at Penn National. We have read about them for the past several years. Do you really believe that a few individuals are really responsible for the ills of Penn National? Or could it be that the few individuals being sued are good honest people that were called upon for testimony in the state investigation and now they are singled out because a few people on the HBPA board are indeed subjects in an ongoing federal investigation? these good people are being harassed and intimidated and its felt that a lawsuit will shut them up. Is this the kind of worm you want running your HBPA? I don’t think so!! Does the HBPA know what witness tampering is? they may soon find out. This, Maggi Moss is the kind of HBPA that works for the Penn horsemen. and you expect them to get to the bottom of the Kelsey LeFever incident.
       Ray, once again you have done a masterful job of obtaining the facts and getting a story to us that we all should know about. I hope you stay on this story until all involved are punished for their disgusting deeds. As far as the other things that were mentioned here, its about time that the truth is known about Penn Gaming and it’s dysfunctional HBPA.

  • ktq1

    Yes Lyn, this never happened before that bill.  Wake up.  The fault lies in the racing industry not taking care of its own.  All TB’s done racing and in need of a home should run through a sanctioned rescue agency.  Not these fly by night shysters.  By the way, a local ranch has been shipping horses to Canada for years.  The problem isn’t that there is slaughter – the problem is that there is a need for slaughter.  That falls on mankind.

  • James Staples

    A ‘HORSE HUMANE SOCIETY’ FOR AMERCIA…GET BUSY!!!…ty…

  • Nikkirando

    i feel nauseous reading this article.  I own a 6 r old OTTB, and he is sweet, kind, and so smart.  My heart breaks for these animals, and i could literally shoot some of these inhumane people without blinking an eye.

  • Cherri Gipson

    That woman is sick in the head. I don’t know she even got bail at all. People watch who you trust with your horses.

  • Joe

    Thank you Abucks for passing along that disturbing information. Glad that Pancho and Cisco is safe. I wish that more names were released! The dumping of infirm and spent race and breeding horses to slaughter exists everywhere in this country. But in California since the state passed an anti-horse slaughter law in 1998, all those involved directly and indirectly with dumping horses to slaughter are breaking the law. Racing operates above the law in different ways and this is one of them. Gov. officials have never enforced that law and have never seen a law they weren’t willing to break to please special interests various government agencies are in bed with.

  • Otis

    The devil’s place is getting pretty crowded : Dangerous Darryl, Mike Gill, Paul Truitt, et. al., guy in Louisiana, guy in Adams Co, & MD. who starved foals & mares, Ernie Paragallo, those who sent Satchmos Band to the kill pen, all the weird stuff that goes on in Fla…  these are just the ones I can think of at this moment.  Are these people  put here so that we may know evil? Enough already.  Another reason to be embarrassed to be in PA.

  • Mando02

    Ray, superb! Keep on with this! Keep the heat on the low lifes that participate in horse racing and do not care what happens to their horses after they have tapped all they could get out of them. No matter what ability or what level they are racing in,  most horses will run their heart out for you.

     The industry needs to exspose and ban them,they are a black eye to the racing industry!

  • Mary2

    She sent 120 race horses to slaughter?  120??

  • Joe

    Even though the horse slaughter trade is legal in this country (except for CA where the law is being ignored) as some racing insiders are quick to remind those of us who are appalled by the treatment of slaughter-bond horses including Thoroughbreds and Quarter horses and the obnoxious attitude of an industry which likes to dispose of its spent and infirm horses quickly through the shadowy slaughter network, there is no way that horse racing can sell its outmoded and barbaric self to an increasingly aware and “urban” public highly sensitive to animal cruelty issues. There should be microchipping and tracking of all racing and breeding horses on and off-competition and breeding careers and accounting for all of them at all times. All horses could be registered and owners licensed, bills of sale filled and recorded to help track all horses and prevent the killer trade. A national animal offender registry with an equine division should be created to record and expose all irresponsible and abusive owners, care-takers, trainers, dopers, hoarders and killers to prevent abuse and foul-play aside of passing stronger anti animal-cruelty laws and enforcing them.

  • Bubsgirltasha

    I hope this b*tch gets what is coming to her!! we need to stop the over breeding of horses and STOP THE SLAUGHTER BOTH HERE AND ACROSS THE BOARDER!!!! SHAME ON YOU OBAMA FOR CHANGING THE LAWS!!!

  • Kelsey lee

    Wow,if you ask me I think that anybody,and I mean anybody that has anything to do with horse slaughter should be shipped up to Canada with the horses and get the SAME EXACT treatment as the horse do……….they should get slaughtered!!!!

  • Georgia Antley Hunt

    I’m confident that someone such as this will occupy a special place in hell…..right next to child sex offenders.

  • Racetowin

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  • Hold Your Horses

    You have done an excellent job of unwinding all the threads and telling this story in a clear and factual way.  You are a real ‘Journalist’, and not just a ‘writer’! Kudos!

  • http://www.facebook.com/SaveStallions Mary Adkins-Matthews

    She has several posted on the internet that are for sale. Again, you will always have bad people, kill buyers and bad rescues looking to profit from the trash (the athletes that are finished in racing) that the racing industry throws away until the racing industry finds a REAL solution to the problem of unwanted horses when their careers are over. Opportunists are  out there knowing that there are many people that are fans of the horses and will try to save them. These opportunists are sometimes coming in the form of a rescue or just a person interested in rescuing them to make a profit so people need to be VERY careful and follow up on the horses and where they go.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jessica-Reffler-Turner/762077264 Jessica Reffler Turner

    I would prefer not to have government regulation, but when industries prove they cannot police themselves, they ought to lose the right to do so.  The racing industry must learn to take care of their cast offs; some owners and trainers do, others do not. With greyhounds, it’s even worse. They are just an excuse to have simulcasting.

  • Bubsgirltasha

    if you can’t take care of an animal for a lifetime you should not get one in the first place! they require a life long home and if you can not give them one you have no business having one, this is for all animals they are not expendable they are living beings!!

  • Lorena M. taft

    Just to let everyone reading this KNOW< I am Lorena Taft, aka Rennie on FB. I am NOT THIS WOMAN> I am not pregnant or whatever, I am 58 years old. and I do not own nor have I ever owned a horse trailer.  There has been some gossip that I might be this person, and I am writing this to set the record straight.  I have owned and re trained  OTTBs, named HANGONTIGHT and Lucy’s Treasure, and and event horses named Double Rim.

  • Lorena M. taft

    This is especially directed at Deb Jones, who thought she had cornered a “slaughter person”  Sorry to tell you, Deb,, your instincts were WRONG, and I am one of the good guys. I would appreciate it if you REPAIR all the damage you did to my otherwise decent reputation.  Thanks.

  • Aliceduser

    It is a shame that the people in the industry can not put together a barn for all of these retired horses.  You can’t blame the track, when it is the owners/trainers that no longer want to care for these animals.  To these people it is just a business, and they do not care about anything but the bottom line.  How much do you think it would cost to run a facility (with say only 500 horses) to house, feed, vet, and retrain/re home these animals.  I think each state should have a farms for this purpose, funded by the owners, trainers, tracks, and anyone making money off the sport to care for their discarded.  Sadly sending them for kill pays better than maintaining them for another 20 years.

  • Lorena M. taft

    By placing this ad, they can “experiement” on theses animals without the public knowing what they are doing, There will be no oversight on their actions.   What will happen to the horses when their experiements are over?  What willl be done to thme while they at hin this reasearch?

  • nomoralcompass

    NOTHING will change, no one will be held accountable. The bottom line is always the dollar sign and the people that run the Pennsylvania Horse Racing whatever, don’t care, don’t have to. The money is too big for the state to worry about a few dead horses.

    A month or so ago, my family was informed through one of our clients, that a horse we had raised and run successfully in Maryland and Delaware, and who had been claimed from us, had shown up on a web site for sale as a “possible dressage horse”. The horse, the offering said, had an “unknown injury” but with a little TLC had a bright future ahead of him. The offering price was $400.

    We contacted the farm in Pennsylvania and dispatched our trainer and vet in Maryland to examine our former horse and bring him home if possible. When they arrived at the farm, they found a young girl of about 16 with three underfed and malnourished horses in a tiny paddock behind a barn. Mud covered our horse and it was immediately apparent that he was in distress, either from pain or from constantly being chased around the paddock by the other two equally malnourished horses. There was no hay and little grass left in the paddock to graze on. A brief examination revealed a possible fracture of the right front cannon bone, damage to the suspensories and a possible fracture of the sesamoids. According to our trainer, the 16 year old had gotten the horse for free from a trainer at Penn National following his injuries on the racetrack.  A quick review of his works and last start revealed that the horse could have been in this condition for as long as 90 days based on his last race at Penn National. She demanded payment of $400 before she would allow the horse to be transported or treated by our vet. Upon payment of the money marking his sale, he was vanned to our vet’s stable in Maryland.

    It took two days of washing and scrubbing to free our boy of the accumulated mud and crud. He was given medication to ease the pain in his legs and x rays were taken of all limbs and feet. As our vet said, “This horse should have been euthanized immediately upon injury” And definately not sent to some 16 year old child as a dressage prospect.  Our horse was euthanized, surrounded by the people who cared for him as a two, three and four year old. We have sent a complete account of this to the Paulick Report, including x rays, should anyone doubt the veracity of this story.  At the same time we filed a complaint in Lebanon County, Pennsylvania for animal cruelty, and a complaint with the Pennsylvania Horse Racing authorities against the trainer. Aside from a visit and a stern talking to, given to the young lady by the overworked animal control office in Lebanon County and the promise that the trainer will be taken onto the carpet, by the PA authorities or some other useless threat, NOTHING WILL BE DONE!  By the way, it is a violation of PA law to sell an injured horse for money. BUT THAT DOESN’T MATTER IN PA, WE GOT SLOTS!!

    Bottom line, $400 to buy our horse back from an ignorant child, so that we could euthanize him. It is a wonder we continue to have anything to do with a “sport”  that is dangerously close to becoming nothing more than grotesque spectacle.

  • Deb Jones

    Sorry Rennie, you are barking up the wrong tree on this one. I have never heard of you being associated in anyway of sending horses to slaughter or of a woman called Rena in WV or LA involved in sending horses to slaughter. I dont even know you!

  • Pinky

    There’s no doubt this is a heartless human being – but with all due respect, I don’t understand how anyone can point the finger at one person when the underlying problem lies in the acceptable practice of rampant overbreeding. 

    It’s delusional to think there are homes for the 40,000 TB’s hitting the ground every year

    THere aren’t even homes for the 3 million dogs and cats who are put down every year in this country – pets who require a lot less care than a horse. 

    The only long term solution for tragedies like this is to regulate what goes on in the breeding shed, not in the security guard post at Penn Natl.

  • Michenka

    I have found that Renee has brought 17 horses in an enclosed tractor trailer and brought them to be fattened up for the killer sale. She will be going back for more if she can unload these. She is riding in a White tractor without the trailer right now so if you see a truck like this with a couple looking  for free horses to rehab call the cops. Thanks Ray I am getting info on this as I sit near my computer. They are in WV right now.

  • Deb Jones

    In tears: Thank you for saving the Artax gelding from heading to NH. I am trying to place a 7 yr old Artax daughter owned by a decent PA trainer who wants to do right by this unraced mare.

  • Bonnie

    Thank you, thank you, thank you Mr. Paulick!!! Great article and so glad you broadcasted the story!  God bless the sweet horses!

  • Hold Your Horses

    Euthanasia. For Lefever.

  • Sinking Ship

    Lorena, the experiment is over. They are out of money. Many broodmares were sent to slaughter, others sent out of state. Many weanlings from these mares were found starving on a farm in Littlestown, Pa. and are now in the hands of the Adams Co. SPCA. Three died. Star Barn is up for sale.  Here’s one of many articles: http://www.philly.com/philly/b

  • onthebone

    Where are the killer auctions?  In oregon?

  • SMHgurl24

    And what will happen to all the unwanted horses if I may ask? Are they all magically going to get great homes and live out their life in peace?? Lets be honest theres NOWHERE for these unwanted animals to go. We banned slaughter and what did that acomplish? Horses spending 20+ hrs on a truck to canada/mexice, horses left abandoned to starve in their fields or some spot where the owners dropped them off or my personal fav taken to “llegal slaughterhouses” in the states where their sometimes bashed repeatly until their dead. Slaughter isn’t the issue its the people who allow hundreds of horses to be bred to try to find the next winner and discard the others! Time to take responsibility and STAND UP for the real issue because its not being met when stories like these are happening.

  • RayPaulick

    The passion demonstrated in the comment section of this story has convinced us to develop a regular Paulick Report feature that will focus on successful transitions for off the track Thoroughbreds.

    There are no easy answers, and the numbers of ex-racehorses needing homes can be overwhelming, but we want to celebrate those happy transitions just as we feel it is important to shed light on stories like this one.

    Thank you all for your feedback.

  • Sdtruntich

    I believe they have already legalized horse slaughter in the US and there are two plants opening in the west.

  • Maxfletch

    I would like my prize…

  • Dressyourhorse

    The lengths people go through to destroy horses is evident again in this very well detailed report. Throw the book at her! Please throw the book at her and publicize the heck out of it.

  • Anita Xanax

    Maybe we need to tell people that about children too…don’t breed what you can’t feed.  There are many aspects that need to be addressed regarding slaughter.  Yes we need to breed more selectively, but we also need to be responsible for what we DO breed after they are finished racing.  Ending slaughter and transport for slaughter in this country is only the tip of the iceberg…but a necessary one.  There will ALWAYS be people who would rather lie and lawbreak than do right but we can only change what is in front of us, and catch the bad guys as we can.

  • Deb Jones

    And Lefever was at New Holland today!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_XKVS4A3JHXAOUAJU2LGGF7WSMA floridian

    Amen and amen!

  • Sumnerhill

    Maybe if the world is ending we’ll eat them (THE Bad Peeps)  You either love horses or perhaps you shoudn’t be allowed to touch one .  Ya THINK…….All we do in Pony Club is make horses people want to throw out into amazing mounts for great kids.  Robin, Sumnerhill

  • juliesong1

    Except for the part of the human race that comes to the defense of animals and works to protect them. Appreciate the passion but no need to paint with the broad brush. People don’t suck, it’s heartless, selfish people who suck. Got it?

  • Anita Xanax

    They can get a 10 year suspension for grabbing a female staffer’s bum to stick but they can’t get a 10 year suspension for repeated drug violations, among others, to stick???

  • Another Country

    Is Penn National like most tracks if you are pulling a empty trailer you just give the thumbs down and they wave you through???

  • Anita Xanax

    You’re walking a pretty fine line regarding the HBPA.  Were I one of their officers or members I’d be quite vexed…

  • Anita Xanax

    Deb, send a message to Carlton Seedansingh on Facebook, he’ll take her and she’ll have a forever home as a broodmare/pasture ornament.  He despises slaughter.

  • Politicalpony

    ktq1, lets start with your comment about the “racing industry taking care of it’s own”. Do you even know the first thing about the racing industry as so far as to how business is conducted out there? I think not. Horses are owned by private individuals. It is the private owners responsibility to see after these horses. “There Horse”. In recent years to many racetracks credit, there have been small foundations set up. But the cost is great. The race tracks along with these foundations of charity, have set rules to stop this type of situation from happening. Now, I ask, how is any race track or a foundation going to be able to stop all that is wrong in this issue? They can’t. No one can. All we an hope for is that from time to time if someone hears anything suspicious, that they waist no time contacting someone that might be able to legally intervene. There is no magic solution or procedure in which to stop this. I as you, wish there was. But there must be some rational thought process to this before flying off the handle and blaming the “Industry”. Please, everyone, be rational. Most or all of us that took the time to read this article are concerned. None of us including many that work on the Front side “Office” side of the racing industry want this to be happening. They have set up ways to try and stop this. Some of not many Tracks are handing year or longer suspension. for 1st offense. I would imagine anyone ruled off the track for something like this, when they do regain entry, not many people are going to do much business with them to any extent any how. They might as well go some place and pump gas for a living.

  • Karen Worthington

    I think you’re right, Joe, that microchipping would be very helpful toward keeping our racehorses out of the Kill Pens.

     I live in Enumclaw, in Washington State, where the local Sales Pavilion has a monthly auction for horses, and the horses the proprietor purchases out of the auction go into the Kill Pen in preparation for shipping to Canada or Mexico for slaughter.  (That may be changing soon, as I hear that the facility in Stanwood (WA) is being prepared to take horses the end of the month.)  A group of ladies has been allowed to go in and take and post photos and descriptions (along with prices) of the Kill Pen horses on the internet.  The horses usually are purchased before the truck comes to take them away to their grisly fate.

    The horses come to the auctions (or are dropped off at the lot) with varying amounts of information.  When necessary, the ladies check for brands, tattoos, and other marks for identification.  There have been attempts made by unscrupulous people (not the proprietor) to thwart the identification process, including inking over the lip tattoos of four Thoroughbreds.  The ladies persevered, and, through the careful comparisons of cowlicks, etc., (all four were dark bay or brown with no white markings) identified them as horses who had raced at a large track here in the Northwest.  (All were saved, and have been re-homed)

    As I understand it, microchips are nearly impossible to tamper with, making the horses easier to track.  Staff at the racetracks would be able to properly identify horses coming and going.  (I’ve heard that another horse that “appeared” at the Pavilion after an auction had papers in the Racing Office of a Northwest track.  Yes; he was successfully identified and saved.)

    The intent of the tattoo is to identify the horse, but, since it can wear over time, and can be difficult at times to read accurately, microchips look like the way to go.

  • Anita Xanax

    I am so sorry for what your boy went through, but thank you for making his last hours as peaceful, pain free and loving as you could.  I hope, perhaps in vain, that this young lady learned a valuable lesson from this experience and that the guilty parties be prosecuted to the fullest…as I said, perhaps in vain.

  • Anita Xanax

    Pray that is not her child…and that she has no influence over the life of that child.  If it is hers, I pity the poor little thing and hope to G-d she learns to see things differently.

  • MA

    This is hardly a unique case, locally or nationally. California was the first state to enable a percent of purses to go towards retirement/rehoming. It may still be the only one. There are many good local rescue groups. No place is perfect, but California has been one, if not the most proactive jurisdiction on the matter.

  • Missoceana

    I would like to contact all breed registries (just for starters) to suggest a dialog for a Death Tax. I have always believed in Breeder/Owner responsibility and would like to see the cost of humane euthanasia by a veterinarian be paid in advance. My experiences on the racetrack and at a large breeding farm has led me to believe that this could be a viable option rather than neglecting these animal’s welfare.

  • Bigbuttt

    Stories a great share..your writing sucks…proof read!

  • Otis

    Post that photo everywhere.  I wonder where her soul went if she ever had one.

  • TheGreatOne

    No u suck Bigbuttt

  • Anne Buxton

    The story of Sarah Says Go is one of the most amazing I have ever heard, and not just because I am in the middle of it. Thanks to the Camelot Rescue group, Andra Simons, and Sharla Sanders of The Second Race, I found and got back in my care a mare that I thought was dead for 7 years. Quite an amazing story, she is now fat as a house here on the farm in Ocala. Here is her story when I got her back in 2010…
    http://thesecondrace.blogspot…. still gives me goosebumps.

  • Shanti

    when is everyone going to get it … slaughter is NOT the answer. get your head out of the sand …NO ONE who says yes to slaughter could actually do it.

  • TheGreatOne

    Maybe Lefever will have another affair with Killer Bruce Rotz

  • TheGreatOne

    I wonder what her head is worth !

  • John Holmes

    so whats the big deal? dogs have to eat too!

  • Joe

    American horse meat is too toxic to fed to American dogs and big cats although I wonder what “other animal products” means.

  • Joe

    to be fed to

  • Larry Ensor

    Your suggestion is and has been in discussion for a while now. Makes sense doesn’t it? But I also feel everyone that makes their direct or indirect living should be part of the best solution we can come up with and asked to contribute also. Vets should offer their service for free. We are talking a very little expense to them other then their time. The major expense of putting a horse down is the disposal, for lack of a better word, of their body. But we are still only talking a few hundred dollars. In our area SE PA There is a very well run business that looks after these things. We have had to use them when a horse has come to it end of days. Only because of health issues that could not be resolved or the infirmities of old age. We checked out their facilities before we used them. Turn out paddocks with grass, a well kept barn, etc..
    Our partners are asked to pay their percentage of a one time re-schooling fee of $5,000. Which is about the cost of basic boarding of $25 a day for 6 months. Which hardly covers our time and expenses.  We have the faculties and riding skills to re-school for fox hunting, showing, Eventing, Steeplechasing, etc. Some happily pay most do not. Very disappointing.
    The fact is not all can be re-schooled and placed. But far more can be then are.

    I remember your moniker very well. She never had to worry about where she’d end up.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=817981739 Judie Stein

    This is one of the more digusting accounts I have ever read.  I hope that woman, Lefever, is convicted and sentenced to life.  Why would the willing murder of countless horses be considered anything less than serial murder…

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=817981739 Judie Stein

    I totally agree.  There is power in numbers and its the only way to pass the Horse Slaughter Prevention Act

  • ottb

    I agree with you 100%!!  The problem isn’t slaughter, it’s the fact that animals are continually bred into an industry that can’t support them.  Even PETA acknowledges “the amount of suffering the U.S. slaughter ban created exceeded the amount of suffering it was designed to stop.” Horse slaughter has been alive and well since the U.S. ban in 2006… they’ve just been shipping them on double-decker trailers to Canada and Mexico (who has seen a 600% increase since the ban…yes, I said 600%!) where they arrive either dead, dehydrated or with broken limbs from the transport. Did you also know the Mexican so-called clandestine facilities are basically butcher shops that are not regulated and horses are stabbed to death?  The reality is, there far more unwanted horses in our country than shelters to house them, and some of the shelters that do exist are corrupt and horses still end up suffering or at the killers. At least if the US regulates it, they will be destroyed humanely. It’s a sad reality, but until we regulate breeding horses into an industry that can’t support them, where do all of the anti-slaughter people propose we put all these unwanted horses?  Everyone would love to see these animals live a long and happy life in the “back 40″ somewhere but who is offering to take these thousands of unwanted animals every year that have nowhere to go?  I’m not hearing any real solutions from people against slaughter, just a bunch of opinions.  And as much as people say they would never want their horses to end up at an auction, the fact is many people say all the right things, but then turn their backs once the horse is pulling out of the driveway and someone else’s problem.

  • Maxfletch

    I found this on her “sister’s” FB page. I also saw that as of this afternoon, she gives lessons at Great Scott Farm in PA. They (the farm) deleted their FB page after being slammed when this story came out.

  • Rahy3

    I hope the judge throws the book at this woman- Disgrace to the human race that she is

  • Joe

    Is Sarah Says Go still with you? Thank you for caring about her but I am so sorry for the ordeal your mare endured.

  • Otis

    The Blood Horse is nothing but candy-coat.  They think everyone has 1000 acres and all the horses are by Giants Causeway & Storm Cat and become dressage mounts (if geldings) and marvelous broodmares .  La, La,La

  • TheGreatOne

    I got something you can eat !  Mister Holmes  Open Wide.

  • Barbara Luna

    Parx just banned an owner last week who took one of his racehorses to New Holland. She was sold to the same Bruce Rotz, who resold her for double the price to a group who raised money to save her. His entries will no longer be accepted and he had to remove his remaining horses from the parx backstretch

  • Sinking Ship

    What??!!

  • TheGreatOne

    Please send Lefever to jail ! God only knows if she gets mad at her little girl what she might due ? Hint  ( Send her to the killer auction )

  • TheLastStand

    Anyone who hires her should be slammed ! The b*tch should never be allowed around horses the rest of her life !!!!!!

  • Sinking Ship

    Yeah, but didn’t he get the purse and breeders’ awards from a horse who won for him last week … AFTER it was already discovered that he sent that poor horse to New Holland with a shoulder injury, still wearing her racing plates? And why wasn’t anything done to the trainer? His horse should have been scratched that day, Parx was aware of the situation thanks to Deb Jones!

  • http://twitter.com/joanebeaudoin Joan E. Beaudoin

    There is a special place in Hell for people like Lefever.

  • TheLastStand

    She should be banned from ever being around or working with horses the rest of her life !
    after she gets out of jail.

  • Jromig

    I knew all about this back in the summer,Beau was just great, he did not deserve this. Good work by Jeff in the commission office,and I know Kevin and Amy are quite pissed, Kevin is like me , he won’t forget this anytime soon,it’s just not right.  Owners have got to start taking responsibility for these brave horses who give their all just doing what is in their blood .  Their lives are at risk everytime we send them into a race to do our bidding willingly.  Kelsey showed deception by the way she gained control of these poor horses and she showed a total lack of any integrity. Her drunken comments speak tons of her lack of any love of horses. I well know how costly it is to give retired runners a good life, but I feel obligated to do so,and if you want something done right , just do it yourself, and so I do it. I know everybody can’t do it, but they sure can try to find them a good home, and I’ve also done that, once, just ask the Canadian Flash , he’s quite happy at my neighbors, they love him.

  • thevoiceoftruth69

    Someone pointed out in another thread that David Wells is friends with Lefever on facebook.  For whats that worth

  • Chinook14

    But remember that people’s circumstances change.  I had a job 2.5 years ago, now I don’t.  Can’t find another one.  I am doing the best I can to provide for my horses but it is not right to blast folks who get an animal with full intention of keeping it for life but due to job loss, etc. lose their homes and pets.  We live in difficult times and let’s remember so many of us are struggling and trying to do the best we can for our children, pets and horses.

  • ktq1

    Do I know the first thing about racing?  Let’s see.  Been following the sport for over 30 years.  Been part owner of a handful.  Rescued two horses, one that I was part owner of and was claimed.  They ran him nearly into the ground, running for a $4 tag at Finger Lakes where he collapsed after the race.  I proactively sought out the owner to say I would take care of him.  Supported him for three years in this economy until I  could find a safe home.  So, yes I do know something about racing.

    I also know it’s a crime that we have not initiated a surcharge to registering these horses for their aftercare.  I also know it’s a shame that Rick Dutrow is still running horses and that the sport gives titles to trainers with significant drug violation records (running horses until they drop on drugs does not help their chances for a second career).  Have we made steps? Yes.  Are there good people in racing?  Yes.  But we have a loooooooong way to go.

    By the way, I was responding to the poster that was blaming Obama for this.  My point is that we need to look at ourselves first.

  • Chinook14

    There are hundreds of livestock / horse auctions in the US and killer buyers show up at many of them.  They buy the cheap horses and either ship them to a feed lot or directly to a kill plant.  I am not aware of any auctions that are specifically for killer buyers.  I get many links via Facebook to different sales.  The folks that are posting the horses are trying to get the horses purchases by people other than killer buyers.

  • Deb Jones

    Yep. Her 5 yr old daughter rode her little grey pony in the ring. God only knows who bought that little grey pony! What a way to raise a child. Lefever is a class act!

  • Deb Jones

    Yep thats her! I have so many photos of Mommy Dearest! I also understand she is  with child again. Egawds!

  • almo

    Are these slaughter houses for human consumption or just a kill off? If so, then what is the difference between one of these horses and a cow for slaughter?

  • Cathleen Doyle

    I just typed in the last comment from Savethehorse @earthlink.net….which I am sure you do not have the sand to post.  So if you would be so kind please post it back to me so
    I can post it myself and show how the racing industry edits and monitors itself.

    Thank you.

  • Ace

    At a base level none.
    For people that love horses there is a world of difference.
    Why not eat your dog?

  • Newsy4444

    Agreed, breeding more than there are homes is the root of the problem. What do you think about registration fees, or a % out of VLT and purses to go for after care?  Do you think it will cut down lotto-style breeding?

    But to correct a few facts.. There has never been a ban on slaughter.. the USDA stats show as many horses went to Canada and Mexico after 2006 when Congress stopped using tax dollars for slaughter. The illegal slaughter houses you mention have no monopoly on cruelty, which is defined by law as multiple failures to stun. A Temple Grandin design plant .. supposedly state of the art … in Quebec was exposed subjecting horses to terrible suffering last summer, one horse suffered through 11 stunnings. There were a lot of TBs on the forms in that investigation, owner affidavits signed by Leroy Baker, kill buyer associated with New Holland.

    There is no way to slaughter enough horses. It will only encourage more over-breeding. 10,000 TBs a year go to slaughter now. (source: USDA)

    With the LEGAL drugs, it’s illegal to send ANY racer to slaughter. From a fan standpoint, or taxpayer – subsidies in tax deductions and more – killing 10,000 is 10,000 too many. Look what happened to greyhound racing.

  • Barrelracer6415

    They should send that Bitc* to the slaughter.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Pam-K/512880127 Pam K

    This is just insane.  I have to provide my driver’s license to by freaking cold medicine these days, but stolen horses and horses obtained through deceptive practices like this can go to slaughter without anyone asking any questions.   
     
    Until the slaughter industry is ended, we need to find a viable way to deal with this issue.  How about PETA and some of the other animal rights organizations working WITH the racing industry and others to get voluntary commitments to ban their participants from selling to kill buyers?  Some racing stables already do this voluntarily. 

    ktq1, you are absolutely right.  Though the fact that the Obama Administration’s record on horses is abyssmal, they’re in pretty crowded company on that score.  It is up to us to stop this industry.  Know where your horse is going when you sell it, and be sure.  Get a contract.  Check up on the animal (I am in regular contact with the prior owner of my horse, but just insisting on a spot check shortly after sale would do something).  Know what your lesson stable’s policy is on aged schoolhorses – and don’t go to one that sells to kill buyers.  Support rescues that rehome and care for horses that would otherwise go to slaughter.

    Above all, don’t turn a blind eye to what’s happening.

  • almo

    I love many animals and yet I still eat them… While I don’t chose to eat dog, who am I to say no one can? So because you love horses, no one should be allowed to eat them? Are you a vegan? Vegetarian? Many people love chickens and turkeys and cows and fish.. Are you going to never eat them because someone loves them? I have no desire to eat a horse and am vehemently against abuse and poor treatment of any animal, but how do you draw your line?

  • Cathleen Doyle

    I challenge the Paulick Report to post my comment.  The original one.  Cathleen Doyle,
    Savethehorse@earthlink.net.  This is an acitive challenge…..post it.  I dare you.

  • OTTB mom

    She is innocent until proven guilty… Just ask Beau jacques… Oh wait, you can’t, because she had him killed…..Makes me truly mental. Who paid the bail for this POS??

  • anne

    Getting back to this story, it is frustrating that for over six years many people within racing have been “whistleblowing” to pennsylvania tracks, and Mountaineer park and Charles Town, that there has been a direct to slaughter pipeline. Bruce Rotz runs an operation in Shippensburg Pa that sits on a very visable corner. His “kill shed” is less than 150 feet from the road. I have personally contacted him about TB’s he has acquired from the track and offered to buy them. His response was “they deserve to die”. Racing officials AND racing management have been made aware of Rotz and yet, as many have already mentioned, the track security continues to allow unlicensed people to enter the stable areas and remove these horses without any paperwork declaring where they are going. At Penn National, a known flunky of Bruce Rotz, Charlie DE Hart, is banned from the stable area but parks his truck and trailer across the street from the stable gate and waits for trainers to contact him about TB’s. In Pennsylvania, Brian Moore operates a direct to slaughter facility and actually works with a “scam” rescue known as AC4H run by Christy Sheidy.  It would be very easy for racetracks to authorize  willing representatives to frequent the auctions but they decline. It would be easy for racetracks to contact auctions such as New Holland and ask for assistance in saving some of these racehorses, but to my knowledge no track has ever done that except for Suffolk Downs. Racing could have been more pro active many years ago, but, as usual, they wait until the public demands action before they correct known abuses. Even now, the racing industry still refuses to  take a leadership role in supporting the American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act.  At Mountaineer Park, Rosemary Williams, director of racing, denies  her track sends horses to slaughter even though an HBO documentary called Running for their lives used a horse from that track to prove horses were going straight from the track to slaughter. Recently, a group paid to have a billboard set up within miles of Mounatineer Park showing a horse who had recently been sent to slaughter.

  • Newsy444

    Good points. A little fact checking tho … the evidence from the Federal Government and multiple sources shows that horses slaughter and transport on US soil were brutal. That’s one reason Congress lifted funding for slaughter inspections, and why in 2006 the Housed passed the Federal ban by a landslide.

    Thinking it’ll be any different “regulated” on US soil is just not realistic. It just shows how effective the meat lobby’s propaganda machine has been. This is a dirty, bottom feeding business with zero integrity. Just reading the quotes from the Lefever is creepy; total sleaze. She is the face of horse slaughter. It is not euthanasia.

    ” I’m not hearing any real solutions from people against slaughter, just a bunch of opinions.” 

    With respect, I am wondering why people think the folks who support the proposed Federal ban … numbers are climbing now over 80% … why it’s their responsibility to solve .. and pay for … problems created by those who benefit from the horses? Let’s not forget who the victims are here.

    “turn their backs once the horse is pulling out of the driveway and someone else’s problem.”  Could not agree more.

    We don’t eat horses in this country. We should have the freedom to give our horses safe medications without running afoul of slaughter drug rules to benefit some foreign corporation.

    Ireland just announced drugs in slaughtered horses will be traced back to the vet, who will be subject to prosecution. Why should American vets and horsemen be on the line for that, for some foreigh company to profit from?

    The ad for Adequan on DRF streaming just now said not for animals intended for human consumption. Could not be any more clear than that.

    We should also be free to sell horses – or give them away – without worrying about them falling into the wrong hands one or two sales down the line.

  • Newsy4444

    Wishing you every success in finding a new job, and thank you for bringing up a very good point. Good luck.

  • Deb Jones

    Horses  continue to ship from the backside of Penn every week to Brian Moore through a middle man who sits in some restaurant parking lot across the street from the track waiting for the call. The horses with the instructions from trainers that must ship direct with names unknown are in the back paddock tagged and shipped to Canada within 24 hrs. Of course Penn National management and the HBPA are aware this is happening just as they were aware of Lefever touting her “rescue services” on the backside. 

    This is one of those horses!
    Anjunothat (FL)Ch, g, foaled April 3, 2005(Include - Rocket Elaine, by Afleet)Connections as of last start:Jockey: Matthew RispoliTrainer: Charles L. FrockOwner: Charles L. FrockBreeder: Pennston Farms Inc.

  • Joe

    Anne thanks. More people need to name names like you do. Danny Bird is alleged to have sent Deputy Broad to slaughter after finishing last in a race at Mountaineer on 7/11/11, knowing that his gentle horse had a home offer. Deputy Broad was slaughtered and butchered on 7/19/11 in Canada.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1269078143 Sheila Morlas

    This is so damn sick. May he go straight to hell.

  • Canpoling

    “I am only one, but I am one. I cannot do everything, but I can do something. And I will not let what I cannot do interfere with what I can do.”  Edward Everett Hale
    If we all assume that things can’t be changed then they won’t but we we all do what we CAN do,(come up with better ideas for retired horses, help rescue groups, contact politicians) then, and only then, things will begin to change.  

    The bottom line is money.  Anyone who neglects or abuses an animal should be hit in the pocketbook.  Why do you think the politicians are hesitant to pass a bill stopping slaughter?  Money.  The PAC’s and their deep pockets are a lot louder than us individuals and that has got to change!  I e-mailed Rep. Bob Goodlatte and his answer was a joke.  There are some items in the bill that concern me he says.  Never mentioned what those are!  I will be asking him.  Please do the same.  If we make enough noise to be that squeaky wheel the we might get some grease!!!

  • Crazyworks101

    All I’ve got to say, is that Mark Bliss is a scounder and owes peoples thousands of dollars. Says he’s a trainer, and doesn’t pay board. And, he’s banned from tracks too. Basically steals some of his clients horses. So, really, no one’s better here in this scenerio.

  • TXrescue

    and that’s where the rescues step in (mostly)!  I’ve had a lot of owner surrenders to me and rescues I also work with.  you should see all the donkeys and horses…it’s a shame.  if I can’t place them, they stay here.  makes me poor, but at least I’m trying.  I see no point in giving up on anything.  some rescues out there will help you keep your animals by giving you feed/hay/help.  since we are all so full, we would like to try and keep animals in the home they know!

  • Meredith Marie

    this woman is slime. Lefever should be banned from all dealing with horses and not allowed at ANY access to race tracks. What has happened here is a disgrace!

  • dh

    When Mrs. Tweedy and the Eclipse Committee find out how many horses Cole’s trainers,Wells and Beattie,have sent off to middlemen/killers they will be none to pleased.

  • Thorohorse01

    Just came in from feeding my 35 year old OTTB! Shame on those owners for being so trusting and not checking out where those horses were going before the just gave them away!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1119965655 Judith Keene

    I think that if they cant get racing cleaned up once and for all, then racing should be illegal! Its always the humans that profit at the expense of the poor horses!! Mankinds greed is so sick!

  • http://twitter.com/equineobsessed Lauren Gehl

    there are many, many reasons why i will never sell my horse, & stuff like this is #1 on that list. this disgusts me. this makes it even harder for me to trust people now.

  • BELLWETHER

    AMEN!!!…ty…

  • BELLWETHER

    OBAMA (ANOTHER brick N THE WALL) N FORE A VERY ROUGH TRIP N 2012!!!…BOOK IT!!!…ty…

  • BELLWETHER

    KUDOS TO U!!!…U HAVE A NAME ON THAT ARTAX GELDING???…ty…

  • BELLWETHER

    SUM HUMAN$ HAVE TURNED THIS PLANET N TO HELL…ANYWAY U WANT TO SPIN IT!!!…& THERE AIN’T NO WAY TO DELAY THAT BS COME N EVERY DAY!!!…STAND UP & BEE COUNTED!!!…NOW!!!…ty…

  • BELLWETHER

    & THE OVER BREED N OF HUMANS TOO!!!…GET BUSY DUMB A$$E$???…

  • BELLWETHER

    U FOLKS R BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE…BELIEVE THAT!!!…& BLESS YOUR SOULS…ty…

  • BELLWETHER

    ITS A HORSE THANG!!!…& U JUST DON’T GET IT…GOT IT???…TY…

  • Gillys4

    Maybe people need to stop breeding so many horses, just ridiculous ! Humans are greedy disgusting creatures, people who treat these poor defenceless creatures like this need to be shot, less scum on the earth !

  • Bonniehorses52

    Karma karma karma!!!

  • Bonniehorses52

    Good talk.

  • Gretski67

    We need to do something to stop this slaughtering of any horses!! That B___ needs to have the same fate that those poor horses went threw and same goes for all those cold blooded killers!! Horses our pets just as we have dogs and other animals as pets we dont slaughter our dogs! And for as our president maybe he should ride on the same truck as those poor horse do and stand there in line for his fate of slaughtering!! WTH is wrong with this country!!!!!

  • Sinking Ship

    Sickening!

  • Sinking Ship

    Ugh, I almost lost my breakfast when I read that!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_RAE2BEJSLNORPLJHHBCADQCGMI Chris

    Why not expect that if you breed, you’re responsible for those creatures for life?

  • Bneu58

    I definately agree that the true problem here is the overbreeding of these wonderful animals either for the next “Great Racehorse”, or Halter winner, etc.  Horses need to go back to being the companions and partners they once were as opposed to the money making industry they have become.

  • Just Neighin’

    Horses live for a very long time (2-3x longer than dogs and cats) and are much more cost- and labor- and space-intensive to keep and care for.  There is NOTHING WRONG with rehoming a horse if circumstances change or if your home (be it the track, a show barn, a back-yard shed) is not the *right* home for your horse.  Such rehoming, though, should always be done responsibly. 

    I help with a rescue, and we get soooooooo many calls from people who intended to keep their horses forever, but life (like being laid off, being diagnosed with terminal disease, etc.) got in the way.  There is no shame in looking for help and making your horses’ life better when things get worse for you.

  • Schubert_JS

    The need for slaughter seems irrelevant to Kelsey Lefever’s deplorable actions. She was not acting as a vigilante for these animals. She had no bleeding heart. She wasn’t giving into the inevitable. What she did was COLD HEARTED, CALCULATED and SELFISH. She had a hungry wallet and nothing more than that.  

    Day passes at the track have always scared me. Just another piece to the puzzle of our racing industry reformation.

    Kelsey is screwed as far as I can tell. Recently hired by Great Scott Farm in Malvern Pa as a devoted “thoroughbred lover” (how SICK), it seems she has since been let go in light of all this news. Move over West Vincent Township, Pa has another witch hunt to pursuit.

  • Stubbornmom

    Unfortunately, It’s all about supply and demand! and, of course, profit.  Besides trying to control breeding, we need to point to and point out the people who want and encourage this.  Besides being corrupt,  it seems we have become focused on blood and guts.  The gorier the better.

  • forget_the_hearse

    Even as a slaughter advocate I find this woman to be disgusting.  It’s one thing to be honest about your ideals–it’s another entirely to play off the emotions and concern of people who do actually want the best for their horses just to line your pockets.  Always look for a paper trail, people, and always visit the facility before you entrust your horse to another person!

  • Racherasaro

    Must everything be blamed on Obama?Call your local rep’s..they are the ones that slipped it in the bill..all politics starts local.

  • Irenepaine

    Here’s a story for you, if the link works. Check out how many horses were loaded on this cattle truck.  The surviving  horses may now be “rescued”, thanks to the accident. But here it is. . . the way we are.  A great discussion, all.  Should race horses have their own  horse social security program, since they are bred to earn money?  Probably.  But there are so many other horses going to slaughter along with them. . . blue ribbon pets to Amish cab drivers. It’s jarring.
    http://www.wsmv.com/story/1653

  • Dreamweaver1

    This so called woman is a cruel and nasty person. May she rot in hell for her lies and cruel behavior. Poor horses, they were innocent, my heart bleeds for them.

  • Bansheebreeze

    Thank you for posting this story, Ray.  Please continue so it doesn’t fade in peoples’ memories.  Justice for these poor horses who deserved so much better.

  • Dreamweaver1

    May this so called person suffer like these innocent horses did. :(

  • SteveG

    There are symptoms (Lefever & her ilk) and then there’s the disease.  Unless or until the racing industry chooses to correct the fundamental flaw in the business model of allowing racehorses to face slaughter – symptoms will continue to manifest themselves.

    That there are kind souls willing to selflessly & thanklessly stamp out symptoms is a blessing for the horses exposed to peril & gruesome ends.  To that end, everyone should be willing to invest – if not time & effort – then money to what’s essentially a wide-ranging crisis.

    The curious immunity afforded racing by its core customers in the face of egregious practice(s) is what should astound those connected to the sport/game & likely what does astound impartial outside observation.

  • oldbay

    Maybe you shouldn’t run your horses for a claiming price again.  That will avoid this situation…..People can complain all they want, but until there is a “free” alternative or some sort of actual “take all horses” rescue, this will continue.  I also think a percentage of handle should be mandated to a facility that will take all horses.

  • Sabryant66

    I hope she hangs. She should at least be banned for life from any animal facility in the U.S. and banned for life from every owning any type of animal again. Rotten b*tch.

  • thevoiceoftruth69

    Kevin Patterson had the stones to pursue this b*tch.  For that he should be commended.   Anyone who owns a horse that reads this story needs to require a written contract with the buyer.  Contracts are limited in what they cover, but having one is a lot better than not having one.  You can see in one of the texts that Lefever viewed not having one as her free pass to butcher the horses.   GET A SIGNED CONTRACT.  IT’S A GOOD START AT LEAST.    I hope Kelsey Lefever gets kicked by one of her horses in the head and there’s no ambulance within 60 miles.

  • LMatte

    There are no words and these horses were not unwanted.

  • Matthew Martini

    Having a contract in this instance may not have helped the horse (Lefever is a bad person, to put it politely), but perhaps it could have given Mr. Patterson legal ammunition to file an additional suit against her, and that would have been good. I too commend him for pursuing her. No one is ever made “whole” after a tragedy, but he deserves more than a little justice. I would like to see him get it.

  • ActNatural

    well, In one instance, A lil race horse named Act Natural was adopted & she saved my life. She was “unwanted” by many, but not by me. Now she has a “great home and lives out her life in peace”

  • Gail Vacca

    One point not mentioned in the article is whether or not an investigation/charges will be pending against New Holland Auction for illegally selling horses in the parking lot? I believe that as within most states, it is illegal for a licensed auction/sales facility to sell livestock without making the animal available for sale to the public. Trooper Shelly should be advised of this. Ray and Deb…I’ll look for the PA statute and send it to you via email. These horses never had a shot of being purchased privately or being rescued because New Holland, Sugarcreek, Shipshewana, etc allow these illegal “parking lot” transactions to take place.

  • TBRacer

    oh get real.

  • Sandra Warren

    When will the racetracks realize that this kind of black eye is exactly why people are turning their backs on racing in this century.  This industry must acknowledge the problem, step up, and make sure that these noble horses NOT go to slaughter or to extremely bad situations like Mexican match racing.  It’s no good pressuring the trainers to give away their horses to rescues if they make four and five calls and can’t find a legitimate rescue to take them.  There will always be creeps like these that pretend to be a good home and sell them for cash in 20 minutes.  Racetracks need a retirement coordinator who has some teeth, and some budget to help these horses transition out.  After all, they did provide the show.

  • Rachel

    You should not have used the little girl.

  • C.C.

    There will always be a supply of TBs’ for the racing industry.. There will always be a racing industry (as it varies at so many levels) and there will always be a need for un raceable horses to find a “back 40″ to live at. However it is decentful people like this one who make TB trainers/owners NOT want to trust rescues and chase people out of their barns looking for “riding horse prospects”.
      Even rescues these days are finding it harder and harder to find FUNDING, LAND, AND HOMES..

    Face it, horses are luxery you can either afford or can’t. Hoarding situations are not rescues..

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/MyBig-Red/100000980578079 MyBig Red

    Her judgement day will come. God sees all things. Rest in Peace, Beautiful Horses.

  • Barbara Luna

    The letter to the owner was sent out the day after entries were taken for that race. The trainer(s) had NOTHING to do with the horse being sent to the auction. The owner told the trainer he was taking her home to his farm after he was informed that she would not make it back to the races. He actually had two different trainers at Parx. And there were many people who contacted the track or me (at Turning For Home) to tell us, thanks to the many rescue groups that attend the auctions and keep track of any Thoroughbreds that go through.

  • Anne Buxton

    Yes, she’s still with me, fat as a hog, covered in dapples. She lives with two other mares, as the boss.

  • Joe

    Mexican match racing… Or being tripped at Mexican rodeos then ship to slaughter if they survive what some find to be highly entertaining like bull, stallion, dog and cock fighting.

  • fljalkj

    Disgusting imitation of a human.  Personally, I would enjoy making her life a living hell. 

    POS.

  • storybook

    NO, its really the over breeding of all the idoit, over emotional, unable to speak the truth, people.

  • Joe

    The horse industry, society, law enforcement, the horses and other animals these monsters control, abuse, kill and profit from cannot wait for God seeing all things, hope for bad karma or the scumbags burning in hell or rely on planting pins in voodoo dolls. These monsters need to be nailed, exposed, booked, severely punished and kept away from animals HERE and NOW.

  • Jan Myers

    This woman sounds like a psychopath. Excuse me while I make a trip to the bathroom….feeling a little nauseous, sigh

  • Dreamweaver1

    Amen to that. Poor beautiful horses.

  • Dreamweaver1

    You said it Joe. This woman profits from the death of these wonderful animals, that gives their all. She needs to pay. Am sending bad karma her way.

  • 14TheHorse

    Lets give a special thanks to the Pa State Police and Tropper Shelly for bringing this evil woman to justice. It seems all her long hrs and hard work have paid off ! Way to go girl. Your superior officers should be very proud !!!!

  • Donna Richter

    How in the hell does this awful, awful b*tch sleep at night?  I grew up with horses, they are the most amazing animals! There’s a saying, “If God created anything more beautiful than a horse, He kept it for Himself”.  How could anyone be this cruel.  I can’t believe she’s out on such a small amount of bail, she should have at least been put under house arrest until she goes to trial, so she’s unable to continue these practices.  I hope she gets jail time out of this……life in prison works for me!

  • Showcaseqh

    “…
    Horses need to go back to being the companions and partners they once were…” 

    You do realize, that the horses original purpose with domestication was to fight in war, work land, transport people and goods and BE food. We used to breed horses for quantity, not quality, and yes, that is in the USA. Now, we breed for quality and don’t always get what we try to achieve.Personally, Id rather have one of my horses who becomes injured or ‘beyond aged’ or is born malformed to serve a purpose with its death. Should the method of slaughter be refined, of course! We shouldn’t be quick to get rid of it though. On a slightly different note, the government should place funding to make injectable euthanasia free to animals that a liscenced Vet states currently or will from recent injury or illness have a quality of life below the halfway bar. The last time I had to have a horse given “The cocktail” it cost nearly $300.00, a bullet is far cheaper.

  • Sinking Ship

    Surprise Storm could have been scratched by the stewards even the morning of the race. Instead, Labe gets the $$.

  • tabascodog

    she is not the first nor will she be the last to do this. people are greedy and have been since inception. how about owners/trainers do a little bit more research when giving away your animals. would you just give away your kids to someone with a nice mini van? do you open a bank account because they give you a couple of free pens?

  • http://www.GumTreeStables.com/ Larry Ensor

    We have had dealings with the “rescue” organization called Another Chance 4 horses as referenced in Anne’s post below. I can not go as far as to call it a “scam” but it did not pass the “sniff test IMO. If you go to their web site, ac4h com it is interesting to see that they use a number of very well known names in the industry as references including the PaulickReport.

    As with another poster below, Nomoralcompass, our horror started with an email from a good Samaritan this past July. The details and pictures of a filly we bred and sold can be found on our website gumtreestables com click on OTTBs and on The story of Double’s Rescue. And draw your own conclusions about Another Chance and the industry of “horse rescue”.

    I received the following email yesterday in relation to the PaulickReport story I pass on to the good Samaritan I reference above while giving an update on Double

    “t is so good to hear from you!!! I am so glad she is doing well. Ironically, I just read that five minutes ago and had just posted in on my Facebook wall. I am no longer volunteering for AC4H because I found a lot more out about them that I didn’t like. But, I continue to help OTTBs on my own. I know that AC4H works with Bruce Rotz sometimes, supposedly to “save” the horses, but there really is more to that than meets the eye. Anyway, it really is so good to hear from you. Thanks for the update! Take care!”

  • http://www.GumTreeStables.com/ Larry Ensor

    Anne, if you have a chance read my post above.

  • Joe

    Thank you. I am so glad for both of you!

  • Racer2000

    The trainers who sent this horse to Lefever are not so innocent. Amy Albright and Kevin Patterson are known drug cheats and no wonder he broke down when the horse continued to run. Was the horse on Penicillin with Procaine, a pain blocker? Hmmm. Was he also on the drugs that Albright and Patterson tested positive for? http://www.journal-news.net/pa

  • Racer2001

    The trainers who sent this horse to Lefever are not so innocent. Amy Albright and Kevin Patterson are known drug cheats and no wonder he broke down when the horse continued to run. Was the horse on Penicillin with Procaine, a pain blocker? Hmmm. Was he also on the drugs that Albright and Patterson tested positive for? http://www.journal-news.net/pa

  • RaceMachine2000

    The trainers who sent this horse to Lefever are not so innocent. Amy Albright and Kevin Patterson are known drug cheats and no wonder he broke down when the horse continued to run. Was the horse on Penicillin with Procaine, a pain blocker? Hmmm. Was he also on the drugs that Albright and Patterson tested positive for? http://www.journal-news.net/pa

  • Christopher Crocker

    The trainers who sent this horse to Lefever are not so innocent. Amy Albright and Kevin Patterson are known drug cheats and no wonder he broke down when the horse continued to run. Was the horse on Penicillin with Procaine, a pain blocker? Hmmm. Was he also on the drugs that Albright and Patterson tested positive for? http://www.journal-news.net/pa

  • furlove

    Aren’t there also dogs and cats put down humanely every day all over this country in animal shelters?  Why should the treatment for the horses be any different?

  • Joe

    Microchips with GPS capability, now that would be fantastic!

  • 14TheHorse

    Oh let me get you straight, because this horse was on Penicillin a drug that is used for infections, this gives the B*tch the right to kill him ? Are you freakin stupid !  Your as bad as she is.

  • RSmith54

    The trainers who sent this horse to Lefever are not so innocent. Amy Albright and Kevin Patterson are known drug cheats and no wonder he broke down when the horse continued to run. Was the horse on Penicillin with Procaine, a pain blocker? Hmmm. Was he also on the drugs that Albright and Patterson tested positive for? http://www.journal-news.net/pa

  • thevoiceoftruth69

    Sometimes people need to be called out for their stupidity, other times their posting does all the talking.

  • 14TheHorse

    You should use your real name but we all no your are scared !

  • Allie Booth

    Thank you for exposing this POS & all the cracks in the so called system Ray. Where is the NTRA in all of this? They have a budget for a safety alliance initiative for horses and people working on tracks- does that not make the genius members of their incestuous boy’s club senior management team responsible?

    http://www.ntra.com/content/sa

    1. The health and safety of our human and equine athletes and the integrity of our sport are our highest priorities;

    Actions speak louder than words.

  • Chodge37737

    Yes dogs and cats are put down every day but a dog doesn’t weigh 1200 pounds.  It is very costly to bury or dispose of a horse and sometimes against laws.  That is why so many horses have been turned out on public lands or left to starve.  But Lefever is a con artist and should be tried in court.

  • KevinPatterson

    I agree wit 14TheHorse grow some vegtables and post your real name. Lets see how big of man you are !

  • Cc Sungirl

    Well, besides the people who are exploiting and throwing away these horses, slaughter IS also the issue. It shouldn’t be happening, period.

  • Dcurtis78

    I with you Politicalpony, the racing Industry as a whole does not condone this, most of us are in the business because we love horses and horseracing, not because we are gonna make our fortunes, as with anything else there are bad actors, but I wish people would stop running off at the mouth and lumping all of us in with them.

  • Cc Sungirl

    Please describe what a “humane slaughter” would entail. A bolt to the head before slitting the throat? We all know that’s not an easy or kind death. There is no such thing as “humane slaughter,” period.

  • Paco

    hope this woman never work with horses again

  • Cc Sungirl

    I am feeling a bit nauseated by the human arrogance that your post demonstrates. I don’t agree that animals are here for our exploitation. Glad to not be surrounded by people who think the way you do…

  • Cc Sungirl

    Agreed! And that INCLUDES horses and other species that many humans like to exploit for profit. Throwing away racehorses and other animals is simply immoral and unethical. The practice of “looking the other way” and accepting this as part of business-as-usual doesn’t make it excusable in any way. Animals’ lives have value, too, regardless of how “inconvenient” they may seem to become to some people.

  • Cc Sungirl

    Yes, I’m sure that happens a lot. I’m grateful to you for helping with rescuing abandoned horses. As a society we must discourage abandoning animals for convenience. I would make sure that taking care of my animals remained among my top priorities, over vacations, new clothes, cable subscriptions, cigarettes (I personally don’t smoke), any luxuries. When difficult times hit, people should be willing to keep the well-being of their animals as a top priority, as part of their families. If they can’t, it’s their responsibility to locate another safe and secure home for the animals.

  • Key2th8thpole

    Sorry, you are ALL correct, and all of you wrong. You can not pin point this problem on ONE cause. This is a multi level problem. It has to be dealt with on many levels. And Im sorry, but you DO have plenty enough owners and trainers who do not care. Enough to ensure the problem persists. They make the good trainers and owners all look bad. But you can’t say 100% that the industry takes care of its horses, because it doesn’t. And yes, Obama has a big share in the fault here. Im sure his die hard supporters will give him a free pass. But he doesn’t deserve one. He’s threatened to veto bills over things before. He’s no better than the republicans and democrats who made sure that bill was delivered to him on Thanksgiving. Then there are the breeders. What are they thinking? Money. Its all about the money. Shame on those who over breed and don’t provide for their “failures”. None of those horses asked to be produced. The breeders who bred them need to step up to the plate. Again, I know some do. But some do not. Is it really necessary to breed so many horses?????

  • karinfoley@rocketmail.com

    Thanks to those of you who will not allow this to thread to become high jacked to a thread about slaughter. Let this be a warning to people about all of the many bad rescue folks out there promising to find a good home for horses or at minimum take care who are not all what they claim to be. There are so many of them out there.

  • curly

    a humane death for a horse is injection…and only when that horse can no longer eat, or is having discomfort all the time…mine will all be buried here, at home…I took them on as a life choice…and will take care of them til the end…

  • Hopk6220

    I will take all of the unwanted ones. My family and I we love horses and would be beyond ready to take them to spoil them with love. My heart is for horses can’t wait till I have one of my very own.

  • Mary Johnson

    What can I say about the NTRA?  That organization is a joke and I am being extremely kind when I say that.  Slaughter is part of racing’s culture.  It is up to the public to shame the industry into doing the right thing.

  • OTTB owner

    sick

  • Mary Johnson

    People do need to perform due diligence when giving a horse away to a “good home”. However, that takes effort and time. It is much easier to just hand the horse off and get “rid” of it. Anyone with minimal intelligence knows that it is extremely difficult to adopt out large numbers of horses especially in this economy, yet Lefever didn’t seem to have a problem with it. That is the first red flag.

  • Mary Johnson

    Sandra, you hit the nail on the head, but don’t hold your breath that the tracks will do the right thing for the true heroes – the horses! Mountaineer Racetrack is the perfect example. Deputy Broad was handed off to the kill buyer middleman, Steve Wilson, last July. Within a week, Deputy Broad was slaughtered at Richilieu in Canada. Mountaineer FINALLY told this kill buyer that he could no longer pick up the slaughter bound horses on Mountaineer property so now he collects them off site. He still owns horses that are raced there. Mountaineer’s “no horse to slaughter” policy is a joke just like the NTRA is a joke. Who cares about the horses when there is a dollar to be made!

  • Mary Johnson

    Joe, I am the person who found out about Deputy Broad last July. Mountaineer is a corrupt and sinister racetrack but I know they are not the exception. Rosemary Williams and her colleagues continue to allow those involved with slaughter to operate openly at that hell hole track. The ONLY thing that has changed is that Steve Wilson can no longer pick up the slaughter bound horses with the red halters and yellow tags on Mountaineer property. The horses are collected at a farm nearby. Rosemary Williams told me last July that she had no documentation that Mountaineer horses went to slaughter. She couldn’t remember the HBO documentary concerning No Day Off. Well, Ms. Williams is a liar, plain and simple. We did put up two billboards that told the truth about Deputy Broad being slaughtered, but Mountaineer put pressure on the Lamar (the billboard company) and they were taken down. Mountaineer couldn’t stand it that the truth was told. That should tell everyone a LOT about the racing industry. Keep racing’s dirty secrets behind the closed doors. Again, slaughter is a big part of racing’s culture and the industry has no desire to change it.

  • Kat

    I have found homes for several horses on my own…but when it comes to old mares it’s difficult!…esp in this economy…i will consider Euthinasia b4 they go across state (boarders) lines…and many an owner had done just that to prevent horses from winding up dead at slaughter…but here’s one thing that don’t wash…why is it in the TB business things are soooo much more expensive!!…xsample…firtility tests for TB stallions is over a $1000 but if seman is collected for AI it’s a lil over $300…same tests done…so we TB ppl have to really work (or are rich) to be in this business…vet bills are outragious…
    i’m very much against slaughter…and will prevent it in everyway posible…but lets get this straight…in ky…there’s NO MORE ROOM for horses at rescues!!…few resources…so to keep my own head above water…i make it known that i find homes for horses…but owner must take care of it until i find a suitable home…and i’m now going to require proof of that home to keep myself safe!…good luck all

  • Mary Johnson

    Very well stated…Racing is nothing more than a “grotesque spectacle”. Truer words were never spoken. Thank you for doing the right thing for this horse.

  • Mary Johnson

    Yes, Mary, the racing industry needs to find a real solution to the problem of thousands of their “discards” having nowhere to go when they can no longer put bread and butter on the tables of those that own and race them. Also, let’s no forget that many of these athletes are running with significant injuries, but who cares? It is just another day in the grotesque world of TB horse racing.

  • Mary Johnson

    Anita, I can speak from personal experience about your comment above concerning the HBPA. There is, of course, a HBPA at Beulah Park. Karen Harvey was the secretary of that HBPA and her husband, Edward J. Harvey, is an owner/trainer at Beulah. It is well known that Ed Harvey is one of the “middleman” kill buyers at Beulah. Karen told a reporter from California that she and Ed had no trouble sending horses to slaughter. I’m not sure if Karen is still affiliated with the HBPA, but to think that the HBPA is above reproach is simply not correct.

  • jeri beaber

    totally disgusting, hope she goes to jail for a long time and is not allowed to own a horse again!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Mary Johnson

    Rennie, the “no horse to slaughter” policies at these tracks are a joke. Danny R. Bird is still racing at Mountaineer. Bird told me on the phone that Deputy Broad was with the kill buyer who has a contract with the Canadian slaughterhouses. A policy isn’t worth the paper it is printed on if the policy isn’t enforced.

  • Mary Johnson

    When it comes to the TB racing industry, where do I start? This is an industry where slaughter is part of the culture. I’m sure many of those involved with racing remember Dale Baird, an owner/trainer based out of West Virginia. Baird won close to 10,000 races before being killed in an accident and is in Racing’s Hall of Fame. He also sent thousands of horses to slaughter over the years when he was “done” with them. I have been invovled with horses for over 50 years and acquired my first horse, an OTTB, when I was 12 years old. Therefore, I am not ignorant when it comes to knowing the “dirty secrets” of the racing industry. However, I just can’t figure out how an industry can “honor” someone who had little regard for the athletes who kept Baird and his family fed and clothed. Perhaps the answer is that the racing industy is willing to turn a blind eye to the atrocities that occur if they can get away with it. Yes, they have gotten away with it for years, and years, and years. Kelsey Lefever is the tip of the iceberg. What she did goes on every day at tracks throughout the country. The only way to stop it is to hurt the industry where it hurts the most – in their wallets!

  • Mary Johnson

    Kat, I agree with what you have said. In theory, it is great to be willing to send a horse to a rescue. Unfortunately, rescues are full. Adoptions are down because of the economy. Many people won’t wait long enough for a stall to open up at a rescue. In most cases, horses are a hobby. The first thing to go when the economy heads south is the hobby.

  • RayPaulick

    FYI, Dale Baird has not been inducted into the National Museum of Racing Hall of Fame.

  • ktq1

    You got it right Kat.  Not only is there no more room at rescues, donations and adoptions are down.  The one down side to the economy returning – is that breeding will go back up again.  And we will still not have in place a required fee to register horses that in turn would support the horses at the other end.  The other key point is that we continue to allow so many drugs in our sport.  Drugs equal running horses until they are broken down/unsound which equals less chance of them having a second career/home and equals increased odds they will be found malnurished or slaughtered.

  • Chaunski845

    People like Lefever should be sent to the slaughter/kill house. They r all useless bastards!!

  • Mary Johnson

    Thank you, Ray, for correcting me. Baird has been nominated but not elected to the Hall of Fame. However, Jerry Hollendorfer has been elected and he handed off Heavenly Perfect for slaughter a few years ago. HP had raced at Beulah under another trainer and Hollendorfer told this trainer to get “rid of her” and the horse was then moved to Edward J. Harvey, the resident kill buyer. She was “rescued” at the Sugarcreek kill auction but the injuries that she had suffered at the hands of those that owned and raced her were so serious that she was humanely euthanized a few months later.
     
    http://www.post-gazette.com/pg
     
    Ray, perhaps you can bring me up to speed on how an industry can even think about honoring those that are involved with the slaughter pipeline. By the way, Mr. Hollendorfer is in Racing’s Hall of Shame, too!

  • Aroundtheoval

    Mr Crocker, What does this or any thing you presented have to do with the killing of these horses ? If you have a beef with Albright or Patterson why dont you just confront them ? or due I sense a little fear !!! go for it big boy.

  • ibelievexo

    Until a few months ago, you didn’t need to be signed in to get into Penn National. They’d just open the gates.

  • tabascodog

    well he should be in HOF. long love the king

  • JC

    I have followed racing for a short time and I’ve had family members that were “track rats” for years(they did not have anything to do with the care of the horses).  It might behoove trainers with ethics to NEVER give or sell their horses to ANYONE but an official(that can show LEGITIMATE credentials) from a 5013C charitable horse rescue.  You can find this in your state, easily, by checking with the Unwanted Horse Coalition

    http://www.unwantedhorsecoalit

    Shame on Canada and Mexico for their sick practices.  And if this bait-and-switch woman is convicted, I’d suggest she serve her sentence working in a slaughterhouse on the kill floor for the duration.  Think you can stomach the stench, murder, barbarity, screams, butchery and entrails?  Maybe you should find out. 

    Big prayers for all those poor horses who suffer this fate.  St. Basil says it best: 

    “The Earth is the Lord’s and the fullness
    thereof. 

     

    O God, enlarge within us the sense of fellowship
    with all living things, our brothers the animals to whom Thou gavest the Earth
    as their home in common with us. 

     

    We remember with shame that in the past we have
    exercised the high dominion of man with ruthless cruelty so that the voice of
    the Earth, which should have gone up to Thee in song, has been a groan of
    travail. 

     

    May we realize that they live not for us alone,
    but for themselves and for Thee and that they love the sweetness of life even as
    we, and serve Thee better in their place than we in ours. 

     

    For those, O Lord, the humble beasts, that bear
    with us the burden and heat of day, and offer their guileless lives for the
    well-being of mankind; and for the wild creatures, whom Thou has made wise,
    strong, and beautiful, we supplicate for them Thy great tenderness of heart, for
    Thou hast promised to save both man and beast, and great is Thy loving kindness,
    O Master, Saviour of the world.” 

  • JC

    I am a “person against slaughter” and that is my opinion.  Sadly I cannot afford to adopt horses and don’t have the space to keep them.  BUT I give ALL the money I can to credentialed, charitable horse rescues. 

    Years ago I was sitting with my late father, a very kind and wise man.  I was speaking with him about the number of children my spouse and I wanted to have.  Dad said, “Whatever else you do, just don’t breed more than you can take care of”.  Very sage advice, don’t you think, horse industry? 

    I’d also like to throw out a comment to the megabucks millionaires that ARE part of this community.  Bear in mind that MOST horse rescue organizations and adopters are usually run by and representative of “the common man”; not anyone wealthy.  Thus, if you continue to overbreed, especially in a down-economy, it’s going to be that much harder for the middle/lower classes to bear this burden.  And the ones who will truly suffer are the horses that you made and discarded because they didn’t earn their keep on the track. 

    I’ll give credit where credit is due–TD Thornton is right when he says that more has been done on the horse rescue front in the last 15 years than in the 50 years before that.  Yes, but we still have a long way to go.  And I hope/pray every day that certain regulations on trainers get more strict, along with the policing of the credentials it takes to get a trainer’s license–meanwhile, can the human race learn to have a heart and do better?!!!! 

    Please anyone that can, give some funds to your local horse rescue.  It could mean the world to these wonderful, innocent animals.  Not to mention their lives…

  • Mmurphey66

    My main issue with this situation is her dishonesty and flippant attitude about the horses. If sellers are aware the horses are going to slaughter, it’s one thing. If they are being flat out LIED to and told they’re being re-homed, therein lies the crime. While I adore horses, and it breaks my heart to think of them being slaughtered for food, I also realize there is limited land on which to keep them and, if euthanized, must be disposed of without damaging our environment. There is no easy and warm-fuzzy solution to the problem of horse overpopulation.

  • http://twitter.com/sheepandstars Elizabeth Collins

    Excuse me, but what does President Obama have to do with this? The sad fact is that Republicans in general do not care about animal rights, environmental protection or social justice. Get your facts straight, please.

  • Embarn12

    I disagree plenty. Yes back in the day there were shyster horse brokers just as today, but it was not regular practice to breed quantity over quality. People needed horses for survival and therefore bred hardy horses that would hopefully serve them for many years. And likewise today we do not breed just quality horses. Do you know how many health problems a TB adopter should expect, not to mention temperament? These horses are bred to be light and fast, in turn having more fragile skeletal systems and who cares about their temperament as long as they make it to the finish line fast. Not to mention other breeds that are bred for color, size, or ability just as we have seen in the pure bred dog industry and with that usually comes many health problems passed along into the breeds. We are no better at breeding today than any other time in history if not worse. Our horse of today just have different purposes. Yes care, including death, is expensive, but that is known as responsibility. I have yet to see someone forced to own a horse. It should be an informed decision not to mention a privilege to be a horse owner.

  • Foxmeadowsfarm99

    I have knoqn Kelsy for years,  there is more going on than just this. There is a pit on the farm where the horses that are shot are dumped into,and not covered.  The board of health should make a visit.

  • frankenpoodle

    Instead of blaming the victims (the industry, the track, and the owners) for this misrepresentation by Miss Lefever, why don’t we toss the straw-man argument of victim blaming and look at the person who allegedly committed the crimes? Pro/Anti slaughter is its own debate, but she intentionally misrepresented herself to this community. That is the crime. Ask not what we can do to “prevent” slaughter, but instead ask “why did you feel the need to misrepresent yourself so you could send these animals to their deaths?” The blood is on her hands.

  • Deirdre Boyne

    This is repulsive and awful. May those poor horses rest in peace. Here is a petition aimed at ending the slaughter and consumption of horses. Please sign if able, or if the cause is believed in. 

    http://www.thepetitionsite.com

  • Wilowcucheran

    These are sick people, unfortunately they will never really get what they deserve.

  • Equus62

    It really is just that simple….stop breeding so many horses….think on that for a minute!

  • Chris

    This person is a sociopath..she is mentally ill! She killed for profit, lied and passed herself off as a caring horse lover! I want Lefever to be prosecuted and put in jail..she is disgusting. I will now spread the word with every animal advocate group known …I hope she rots in jail.. and yes, I will be contacting my legislator!

  • http://www.facebook.com/nettleship Kevin Nettleship

    Becoming Comfortably Dumb?

  • lookinthemirror

    “Bottom line, $400 to buy our horse back from an ignorant child, so that we could euthanize him. It is a wonder we continue to have anything to do with a “sport”  that is dangerously close to becoming nothing more than grotesque spectacle.” ——nomoralcompass

    GREED!!!  IT MAKES PEOPLE DO LOTS OF THINGS–many not very good. 

    Perhaps if you had less of this, and really cared about horses, you wouldn’t have ever left the horses out of your hands in the first place!  Better yet, they wouldn’t have entered this world in the first place!

    Instead of pointing a finger at anyone else who had a hand on your horses, why don’t you take a good LOOK IN THE MIRROR as to the underlying reason for the demise of your horse to begin with.

    Bottom line is– ALL THE HORSES ARE DEAD!!! Yours included. Different means to getting there, but why were they put in that position in the first place?!!!!!  Blood is on more hands than Kelsey’s.

    Sweet and peaceful dreams to you.

  • lookinthemirror

    How long will the horse eat for $200 and a few bags of feed?  What’s the average life span of a horse again? 

    Kind of relates to giving a homeless person on the street 20 bucks–and you think you really did a good deed and makes you feel good. Right?  Well, guess what you just made an illegal drug purchase, only you just didn’t know it.

    Ponder that.

  • lookinthemirror

    It’s really VERY simple…………………………………………………………………….
    ………………………….EVERYONE STOP SUPPORTING RACING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    If there s no demand for racing, no one to dump hundreds, thousands, millions, and more dollars into it—betting, buying, selling, etc.,  DON’T YOU THINK THE SUPPLY OF HORSES for this so-called “sport” or more like,horse nightmare, will DECREASE????? 

    Anyone know the basic rule of supply and demand?

    If you have anything to do with racing, you’ve got blood on your hands, you just can’t see it.

    Sleep well people.

  • lookinthemirror

    Oh really, so he can breed more prospects for New Holland, etc?  Yeah, sure, you go and do that.  Smart, reeeally smart!  DA

    She’ll have a WONDERFUL, WARM AND FUZZY home……..and all her foals will get the chance to take her ‘almost’ place.

  • lookinthemirror

    How about a BAN ON HORSE RACING ALL TOGETHER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Have you had your fix today?  It’s no better than dealing drugs, only it’s legal.

    Betcha didn’t think about what will happen to that last one you watched win, when he’s done winning.  You didn’t really care did you?  I was SOOO much fun watching. 

    Let’s go watch another………Where will that one end up?  hmmmmm

    I think I’ll watch another……………………………………………………….

    Maybe I’ll win a few bucks this time.

  • lookinthemirror

    “FEDERAL BAN ON HORSE SLAUGHTER.”

    You almost got it right, You just need to substitute ‘SLAUGHTER’, with RACING!

  • lookinthemirror

    Yep, you got it!  People who have anything to do with racing—-”heartless, selfish people.”  Well said!

  • lookinthemirror

    Will there be anyone left at the tracks????????????????????????

    HORSE KILLERS = HORSE RACING ENTHUSIAST, professional or not

  • lookinthemirror

    BOY, you sure do have a lot of work ahead of you!

    Maybe we should just chip and track all the horse owners, trainers and care-takers too, SO WE CAN SEE WHERE THEY GO AND WHAT THEY’VE BEEN UP TO at all times.

    hmmmmm…………………………… That might prove quite interesting, not to mention open up a lot of eyes.

  • lookinthemirror

    SHAME ON ALL OF YOU WHO BREED AND BREED AND BREED TO FIND THE ONE THAT WINS.  AND WHEN SHE DOES, THEN CAN’T, where do you think they go??????????????

    SHAME ON ALL OF YOU WHO WATCH THAT RACE, PLACE A BET, LOSE, PLACE ANOTHER BET AND…………………..why do you think they breed more horses????????

    Where do the hunter jumper horses, dressage, polo, cutting, ranch, work, buggy, backyard, etc. HORSES GO, when no one wants them, can afford them or their ‘lifelong’ story changed with the cancer or job loss?????????????????????????

    What about all those ‘OTHER’ horses?   What makes TATOOED RACE HORSES so damn special?   Just because their well-off, former owners who ‘really cared’ about the horse found out the cold, hard truth?  Or is still trying to figure it out?  That makes it right?

    Maybe y’all should just SADDLE UP A STEER OR A GOAT, instead of a horse, and throw money at that?????!

    Wouldn’t that be quite the show?  I’ll bet you’d even draw a bigger crowd!!!!

    Who doesn’t love a good steak?  Bet none of you knew that goat meat is the most popular meat in the world, just not here in the US.—hmmmm, might even solve some of this problem here to boot!  Imagine that!!!!  You wouldn’t even need a jockey–just food and a hungry goat.

    What about the Amish work horse that was sold to the ‘forever’ home, yeah right!

    Horses are animals.  Living, breathing creatures.  They will die.  Just like you and I.  Yeah, they are darn pretty.  Still they are animals.  Slaughterhouses are not the problem.  At least the animal could serve one more purpose here in life–to feed something.  How useful is injecting them and tossing them in a landfill because it’s illegal to do much anything else with them?   YOU still are killing them you fools!  Just different methods. Which method makes you feel better?

    I sure wish everyone with such a kind heart towards all these animals would take up as much interest in HUMAN SUFFERING. 

    Maybe people like Kelsey, who have suffered, would be a bit kinder.  Wouldn’t have to or be able to resort to this for profit.  She is not the only one here trying to make a couple bucks.  If you support this industry, YOU ARE NO BETTER.

  • lookinthemirror

    I love my cows and goats.  My daughter really loves her 2 chickens.  You gonna ban them too?  Why do YOU get to decide which creature can be eaten or not???

    Who gave you this right?

  • lookinthemirror

    They gonna visit all the other pits out there as well?

    Wouldn’t that list be something if it turned up a bunch of well-known names?

    Too bad all horses aren’t microchipped with tracking, like some wild animals are.

    How about that pit called a LAND FILL???

  • Dcurtis78

    Finally someone with a dose of reality. Thank you Mmurphy66, I love horse’s, I have 2 racing and 3 retired, along time ago I had to realize that I can’t save them all, much for the reasons you have pointed out, I wish people would realize that there are no easy ways to deal with unwanted (whatever breed, for whatever reason) horses, and laying all the blame on the racing industry is not right either, I really thing the rescue’s do their best and have good hearts but some where along the line reality needs to be part of all this and not just ranting because your heart strings have been pulled, we do not eat horses, we love them and have a romance like no other with them, you ask my kids they will probaly tell you I love the horses more than them, but there are other places in this world that do eat them and it is not for us to judge there taste in meat because it does not suit us, and what does everyone plan on feeding there other 4 legged pets, I’m sorry I don’t like to think of it either, but what I do know is I would rather slaughter be in the U.S. where there can be oversite, and maybe some of this venom can be directed to finding a more humane way to put them down. All that said, Ms Lefver is a lying b—h, and if she had decieved me the same way she so gleefully has others, well….
    For the record I have never sold any horse to a kill buyer, I have been fortunate that I have not had too.

  • Jean

    What a tragedy and disgrace for these innocent horses,being hauled off to slaughter! Lefever should not only be fined, but should also receive jail time for her actions. It’s so sad for the people who supposedly had confidnece in her, to do the right thing for their horses. She sounds like one sick S.O.B.!

  • http://twitter.com/HoofHugs Christie Finn

    Part of the Horse Slaughter Prevention Act is making it illegal to transport the horses for the purpose of slaughter.  That is why the Senate Bill 1176 is in the Commerce, Transportations, and Space Committee in Congress.

  • iwalkhots

    You, sir(?), are an ass.

  • Key2th8thpole

    Iwalkhots, boy you are being charitable ;) Im scratching my head over that insane rant.

  • renee cyr

    unbeliveable! some people have no consience!

  • Jones

    She needs to experience the horrors of the slaughterhouse first hand.  I will be amazed if she makes it through this intact.  Hopefully, she will decide to take the honorable way out and save the Commonwealth taxpayers the expense of prosecuting and hopefully confining her.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Leslie-Wetzel/1406731342 Leslie Wetzel

    Oh my God! Come ooooonnnnn these guys deserve better than this……Hang em High, I say…..

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Leslie-Wetzel/1406731342 Leslie Wetzel

    Wrong, ktq1, if you cannot keep the horse, use a bullet or otherwise euthanize. Don’t try to make another few bucks. You are WRONG, WRONG, WRONG!!!!

  • Anne

    Prefacing by saying that I am completely anti-slaughter, and agree that overbreeding is a problem. That said, anyone who doesn’t believe that temperament is important in a racehorse is foolish. A relaxed horse who loves his job and is not out of control will tend to do better, and stay healthier and sounder. Some bloodlines are known for nuttiness, if you have some sense, you will try to breed a more sensible animal. So much of how they act is due to how they are started as well, and the level of horsemanship in the TB industry goes down every year…though racing is hardly the only horse business struck by that…the reason TB’s have lost popularity in the show horse world is that you actually have to be able to ride a bit to show one, nowadays it’s all about bad riders falling in horse’s mouths, and how much equipment you can put on one. The average TB isn’t going to go for a three ring, figure eight, and some bad handed hack snatching their head off. Totally agree that owning horses is a privilege, if you can’t afford to put them down, you shouldn’t own them.

  • Dee

    No one wants to see horses slaughtered unnecessarily but it also has to be recognised that particularly in these hard economy times there simply aren’t enough homes for them all and there is a shortage of charities who have the funds to place them. Closing US slaughter houses is not the solution, it will only make their suffering worse. I would rather see a horse that can’t be found a suitable home taken directly to be euthanised by a caring responsible person – whether it be by a veterinarian or in a properly supervised slaughter yard. Its time to be realistic and to stop oversentimentalising what sometimes has to be the inevitable when a horse comes to the end of its useful life and there is no guaranteed caring home available. If you own a horse and its come to the end of its working life and you can’t keep it yourself or be 100% certain that its going somewhere safe you owe it to them to keep them off the auction ring treadmill, out of the kill pens & the long haul trailers to Mexico or Canada and let their end be as dignified, stress and pain free as possible by taking the responsibility yourself to have them put down. Once you take the easy option and let that horse go anywhere that you have no control of then its no point dreaming of them spending their retirement in lush green pastures because it makes you feel better because that is quite often not how they are going to end up.

  • Bit

    Lucky for this lady, I believe in karma.  She’ll get exactly what she deserves.  May she rot in hell.

  • Merasmag

    guessing u live in PA…

  • Merasmag

    and i would like to add my condolences to Mr. Patterson and Ms. Albright…

  • Mad4myboxer

    When humans make money off the backs of animals, the humans should have to care for the animals for life.

  • Cruzin

    I cannot believe, this is the girl that showed up at Springhouse Farms in Birdsboro months ago on a Sunday evening to pick up a Arabian horse Zadikeem!  The owner  of zaddy asked me if I was interested in adopting him because she felt that something fishy was going on between the girl Katie and her best friend Kelsey.  It was several years since I was on a horse but loved the fiesty ones so I agreed to board him and try him out.  I rode him that last hour before he was to go on Kelsey trailer.  Zadikeem definitely took me for a ride and the whole time I was trying him out Kelsey and Katie were screaming “he’s too much horse for you!”.  Growing up I had the wildest horses nobody wanted.  I even rode my wild stallion  on the bi-centennial wagon train in 1976 for three days and two nights.  I knew I could break this little Arabian gelding!  I have him now since October 2011 and he is the best horse I’ve ever had!  I read this horror story now and it breaks my heart knowing what I know now.  I feel for all the people that didn’t know what was going on and lost their horses this way.  I have to admit I was a little shaky not riding for almost  20 years but I had this special feeling when I mounted him.  Its kind of like riding a bicycle, once you get on it all comes back to you real quick.  Haha Yes he danced around but I stuck it out and I thank GOD I did.  Such a personable loving horse was saved from this horrible thing!!!  I love him so much and as of Thursday I am leaving Springhouse farms and never looking back!  It’s just a blessing that I was at the right place at the right time!

    Two weeks later Katie said that her best friend was arrested and I had no idea it was her, Kelsey.  I was just visiting with my friend Janet and somehow it all happened for the right reasons.  I just wish you guys could see pics of him you would be shocked that some people are so horrible they shouldn’t even be allowed to be near horses let alone train them.  Because if a horse gives them a little trouble, they just sell them for slaughter.  Those kinds of people with no patience and care for horses should be labeled for life!  Seriously, we need to stop this.  Facebook is the way I found out about this, Yours truly, Donna Burns.

  • Cruzin

    Just to let you know Kelsey is running around looking for every horse she can find – not just race horses. It’s a horror story! If I had money I would put everything towards tracking creeps like this. I was one of the fortunate ones that was at the right place at the right time to save a loving Arabian horse Zadikeem :). These people have no heart and should have to pay for what they have done, not just given a slap on the wrist!

  • Michaelfrench

    watch this sick monster get a slap on the wrist. i hope she gets raped to death in prison.

  • ziggypop

    and sends horses to slaughter. It is amazing to me how many alleged horsemen think the slaughter process is humane.

  • ziggypop

    Actually it has already been determined that the vast majority of Americans consider horses companion animals, like dogs and cats. Just because Asia eats their dogs and cats, doesn’t mean we must accept that practice. You go right ahead and kill your goats and chicken. Hopefully you will end their lives humanely, the horses’ deaths are not humane in any shape or form.

  • ziggypop

     Spot on! They are all complicit, right down to security person who allows the death trailers on to the premises, knowing exactly why that person is there.

  • ziggypop

     So what kill buyer is this? Thy doth protest too much.

  • Roisin

    Penn National is complicit until proven otherwise. There was no good reason for allowing this person access to a restricted area, was there ? I sure hope questions were answered. A restricted area is restricted for good reasons. Of course, even if she did not have access it would not of deterred this low-life ! It does put Pen National in a bad light, however.

  • kawartha

    It reads that Kevin Patterson wanted to find a home for Beau Jacques who had a tendon injury. Lefever told him that this horse would make a good hunter/jumper????? Really? I guess Kevin really wanted to get rid of the horse then if this is what she actually said…..if the horse had an injury no one in their right mind would hand it over to somebody that thinks a good new job for the horse is to jump….sounds stupid.

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