Talk about a sore looser...
Friends of mine went away last year to the Pony Club State Gymkhana Championships.
One of her daughters competed as a 10 year old and she got champion.
This year they went to States again, competing as an 11 year old, and someone she beat last year put a threat of harm against her pony on the first night, then on the second night they tried to let him out of the stable.
First off, it is sick that someone would try to do anything to a little kid's much loved pony.
Secondly, if they went to the cops and said this is what happened, would they be able to do anything about it?
Poor pony has a body guard constantly now.
Can you prove anything?
I don't know if anything can be stone proof.
Wouldn't they be able to at least issue the 'culprits' with a verbal warning?
Is this the PCAQ State Champs at Theodore?
Get them to talk to Sasha McLennan, Darren Gillat, Mel Youles or someone else from the Zone 9 organising team. They're all strong minded people and will definately sort it out. Trust me, it won't be a verbal warning that the culprits get, it'll be a verbal bashing. If they go through them, it'll be in very safe hands.
Thanks for that ellygraceee. I'll let them know who to talk to in case anything might escalate from what's happened.
I'm just shocked that someone would do that to anyone at all, let alone a little kid.
Maybe some of you remember this from a few years back. I watched Jen grow up and have been a long time friend of her parents.
University of Wyoming
Did you talk with her after this happened? It's a very sad story, but how was she able to leave her dying horse to go ride another horse? I would not have been able to leave my horse to die just to compete. I'm sure there were probably other people with the dying Pickle, but it just seems so heartless to leave him when he's suffering... I guess she was very competitive though.
OP: How was this threat made? Verbally directly to the daughter?
Pickles was dead within seconds of dropping. Her dad was there to saddle Rusty. This is something that still weighs horrible on Jen. They spent a lot of money trying to find out what happened to her beloved Pickle and could have spent thousands more. The vet does believe foal play was involved but no way to ever prove it...
So very sad!
She must be a very strong young lady. Good for her for not just giving up when such a tragic thing happened to her.
If your friends don't want to go see Sasha, Darren or Melville then they could also go through their Zone Manager or even see Heather Davison (steward), Lyn Coombes (she's State Chief instructor) or Melinda Hughes (if she's there).
And wow, I feel so sorry for the other girl! Poor horse =[
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