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SheezaBabydoll 07-06-2009 05:24 PM

Cleve Wells (slightly graphic)
I came across this on another forum and thought i'd pass it on...

"Cleve Wells Suspended from AQHA

The American Quarter Horse Journal, April 23, 2009 – The American Quarter Horse Association Executive Committee met in Amarillo April 20-22 and on the final day of the meeting held disciplinary hearings.

As a result of the April 22, 2009 hearing, the Executive Committee found that, based on the circumstances which occurred with the training of Slow Lopin Scotch at Cleve Wells’ Burleson, Texas, facility, Wells should be held responsible for a violation of Rule 104(a), the terms of which provide that an AQHA member is responsible for the actions of his/her employees.

AQHA Rule 104 (a) states:

No person shall treat any horse in a cruel or inhumane manner, including, but not limited to, the prohibited conduct specified in the Show Rules and Regulations section of this Handbook.Cruelty to horses other than American Quarter Horses is included in this prohibition, as it indicates a general course of dealing with horses, that is unacceptable for AQHA membership qualification. For violation of this rule, an AQHA member may be disciplined, suspended, fined and/or expelled from AQHA, and a non-member may be denied AQHA privileges. This prohibition against cruelty includes, but is not limited to, AQHA members and/or owners of American Quarter Horses, their agents, representatives and employees, the actions for that a member or owner are also responsible.

The Executive Committee action included:

Suspending Wells’ full membership privileges pursuant to the terms of Rule 106(i) for a period of no less than one (1) year, at which time he is eligible to show cause for reinstatement;
Fined Wells $10,000 to be paid in full prior to any reinstatement of his membership privileges; and
Placed Wells on indefinite probation to start if and when his membership privileges are reinstated pursuant to paragraph 1 above.
“In my view, this Executive Committee decision reflects AQHA’s commitment to the horse and animal welfare as a top priority,” said Don Treadway Jr., AQHA Executive Vice President. “It is also consistent with AQHA’s official statement of position that all horses are to be treated humanely and with respect, and that breeders, owners, trainers and exhibitors are continually responsible for the well-being and humane treatment of any American Quarter Horse entrusted to their care.”

AQHA news and information is a service of AQHA publications. For more information on The American Quarter Horse Journal, The American Quarter Horse Racing Journal or America’s Horse, visit AQHA - MAGAZINES. "

Mandible (lower jaw) removed by the vet

These are some of the contraptions he sells; note the Metal Curb strap, which apparently "softens a jaw"

Cleve Wells, Shopping, Horse training videos, saddle blankets, bridles, reins, cowboy hats, Horsemans Mall gifts=&

Misfit 07-06-2009 05:26 PM

One year suspension? What a joke.

Isabell Werth got a 2 year suspension for an accidental drug mishap.

Mr Wells needs to be kicked out for life. What a scum bag.

Spirithorse 07-06-2009 05:29 PM

I agree Misfit. Words can not describe what disgust I feel right now. That's just horrible.

Tennessee 07-06-2009 05:44 PM

OOOONNNNEEEE year? That is bull. Pure bull.

MyBoyPuck 07-06-2009 06:02 PM

I recently watched another western trainer attempt to do a show on dressage. He was using a twisted wire snaffle and over tightended draw reins. He had the poor girl's horse doing tiny figure 8's in an attempt to supple him while never allowing the horse a chance to straighten before switching directions, and then had the rider kick the horse to keep him moving forward while having it basically overflexed and twisted into a pretzel. It was so painful to watch. I really don't get how people don't understand that they are hurting the animal. It's really sad.

Misfit 07-06-2009 06:04 PM

They understand, they just don't care.

Misfit 07-06-2009 06:10 PM

Also, someone please tell me animal abuse charges are being filed so this rat b****** had to answer for this in a court of law.

Spirithorse 07-06-2009 06:22 PM

These kinds of people are just out to win, they don't care about the horse. It's disgusting.

AussieDaisyGirl 07-06-2009 07:02 PM

Oh my goodness that poor horse :( The bugger seems to be getting off a little too lightly if you ask me. But bravo to AQHA for at least standing up.

Misfit 07-06-2009 07:15 PM

^ They stood up then promptly sat back down. A year is hardly a slap on the wrist.

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