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Operators of Another Chance 4 Horses Fined
by Suzanne Bush - March 2015
On January 6, Pennsylvania’s Department of State, Bureau of Charitable Organizations became the first entity to impose a fine on Another Chance 4 Horses, the Bernville horse rescue operation at the center of numerous investigations at the state and the federal level. After establishing that Christy and Rick Sheidy, the couple who were the Secretary and the President of the non-profit, had violated several regulations under which non-profits in Pennsylvania operate, the state fined the Sheidy’s $5,000. In addition they are prohibited from soliciting funds for two years.
The rescue/adoption organization seemingly began running out of chances in April, 2013 when the FBI raided its offices. At the time, very little information was released, and Christy Sheidy, who owned Another Chance 4 Horses, said that the FBI was concerned about equine health certificates. In fact, the search warrant issued by U.S. District Court Judge Henry Perkin in Allentown noted that investigators were seeking evidence of criminal acts such as wire fraud. Recent developments have made it clear that the health certificates were irrelevant to the overarching investigation of Another Chance 4 Horses.
Two Horses Rescued from Pool in Boalsburg, PA
by Suzanne Bush - March 2015
A horse whinnying loudly alerted homeowners in Harris Township, PA that something was amiss early Tuesday morning, January 27. A light snow was falling. The temperature hovered around 20 degrees. It was definitely not a good day for a dip in the pool. But a mare and a filly somehow got out of their fenced pasture that morning and broke through the pool cover. Their companion, who remained in the pasture, in all likelihood saved the horses’ lives by making a commotion. “Probably because of the snow fall they meandered out onto the pool and couldn’t tell that they were on the pool,” Kyle Schmoeller says. He works with Centre County’s LifeLink EMS, and was on the scene as the Boalsburg fire and rescue personnel worked to get the horses out of the pool.
The horses were in the deep end of the pool, struggling amid chunks of broken ice. First responders on the scene called for backup from the County Animal Response Team (CART).
“We asked if they had drained the pool,” Brenda Coe says, “but they said the horses had cut the liner, so the pool was draining itself.” Coe is a volunteer with CART in Centre County. “They had some problems, because there were about four inches of ice.” She says they were in the process of constructing steps using pallets and plywood. The pool had no steps they could use.
Hearing Scheduled in Humane Society of Harrisburg’s
Largest Seizure Case
by Amy Worden - March 2015
Two years after more than two dozen starving Morgan horses were pulled from a manure-filled paddock in Dauphin County they remain in the care of the humane society that rescued them.
The vet bills have topped $200,000 and there is no end in sight for the largest animal seizure in the century-plus history of Humane Society of Harrisburg Area.
And now the case is turning into the nonprofit group’s longest-ever rescue.
Owner Rebecca Roberts, who ran Shadowland Morgans and Sport Horses breeding farm in Palmyra, was convicted of animal cruelty in district court in April 2013 and appealed the case in Dauphin County court.
Since then her attorney has filed dozens of motions, delaying the trial for 20 months. At press time a hearing had been scheduled for March 18 in Dauphin County Court.
As the delays dragged on and donations dried up, the humane society has been forced to dig deep into its bank account to support the horses, an ongoing expense that threatens other life-saving programs.
Pennsylvania Horse World Expo:
The World of Horses Returns to Harrisburg
The world of horses comes to the 25-acre climate-controlled Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex and Expo Center in Harrisburg, PA March 5-8. Pennsylvania Horse World Expo, the mid-Atlantic region’s largest and longest running equestrian expo, features four days of non-stop education, entertainment and shopping. Scores of horses of all breeds and types and the nation’s leading equestrian clinicians and entertainers draw tens of thousands of horse enthusiasts from across the eastern United States.
Horse World Expo is two events in one. The Expo itself features national and international clinicians covering every conceivable topic of interest to horse owners and enthusiasts, competitions and showcases for regional horses and riders, and unparalleled shopping with everything imaginable for horses under one roof. Theatre Equus, A Musical Equine Revue, a professionally choreographed and scripted show in which humans and horses partner to perform remarkable feats of daring and beauty, will be held the evenings of March 6 and 7 in conjunction with the Expo. Geared to all ages, Theatre Equus is an evening of family entertainment starring horses -- part circus, part Wild West show, part equestrian ballet. Performances by about thirty of the country’s most highly trained horses are accompanied by music, enhanced lighting and narration.
Horses and Kids Are at the Heart of Special Equestrians
by Suzanne Bush - March 2015
A horse is a horse. Of course. And anyone who has spent more than an hour or two around them knows that there’s no such thing as “just a horse.” Equines are equipped with vast reserves of talent. Besides their athleticism, horses are also teachers, empathetic buddies for troubled and wounded souls, and astute interpreters of their human companions’ innermost thoughts. Whether electrifying audiences on a global stage like the Olympics, or igniting a child’s imagination in a backyard riding ring, horses are magical. And nowhere is their magic more profound than when it is applied to therapeutic riding settings such as Special Equestrians in Warrington, PA.
This busy stable, set on 40 acres of preserved land, was built in 1999. Special Equestrians serves more than 120 students each week. Along with 10 acres of pastures, there are trail connections to the township’s Lower Nike Park, an outdoor ring, a sensory garden for kids to explore on horseback and a spacious indoor arena.