Trainer Alleges Abuse at AQHA Competitions

Is it be any surprise for a group that has supported horse slaughter, that the AQHA may give preference to trainers that abuse horses? ~ HfH
From: EquiMed

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Trainer Edward Allan Buck of the Sympathetic Riding Institute in Salt Lake City, Utah, has filed a lawsuit against the American Quarter Horse Association and seven current or former officers/agents of the organization.

Buck alleges that the defendants have violated anti-trust laws, preventing him from “earning a living schooling owners and riders of Quarter Horses for competitive venues sanctioned by the AQHA, Affiliates and Alliance partners through their ‘willful, intentional, knowing, malicious and unconscionable’ ‘exclusionary conduct, which is seen in the warm up arenas and the competitive arenas under their auspice.’

Buck contends in his complaint that he is “prohibited from the acquisition of clients for the schooling of Quarter Horses for competitions held under the auspice of the AQHA because the Plaintiff will not use the abusive techniques required, condoned and sanctioned by AQHA in the schooling of horses for competition.

Said abusive schooling techniques are visually presented by the winning competitors in the warm up arenas and competition arenas under the auspice of AQHA. Trainers/riders who do not use such techniques and actually present horses as prescribed by the descriptions contained in the rules and regulations of AQHA do not win and are not even placed.”

Buck is seeking actual damages in the amount of $1,500,000 per named Defendant as individuals and as agents of the Defendant American Quarter Horse Association. In addition, he is asking for punitive damages in the amount of $1,500,000 per named Defendant as individuals and as agents of the Defendant American Quarter Horse Association.

Through his Sympathetic Riding Institute, Buck strives to “€œinspire rider, trainers, judges, and equine veterinarians to seek out the true health and welfare of the horses. To have an open dialogue with and continuing communication with the riders, trainers, judges, and equine veterinarians.”

As noted on his website, his motto is “Supreme Performance Through Supreme Freedom.” It is this freedom that Buck says the AQHA is denying the horses and riders that participate in their events, and that he is fighting for.

Many observers and some participants in AQHA competitions support Buck in his efforts to “clean up” abusive practices seen at AQHA competitions and futurities, as exhibited in videos of training techniques in warm up and competition arenas.

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  • Daniel Cordero

    No, not surprising at all, in fact, this is what can be precisely expected from them. Hope Buck wins, if only to hurt AQHA in its pocket. They’re a hard bit to chew and I would say Buck’s chances are dim, at best.

    December 3, 2013
  • sherriey

    he speaks the truth! as a former competitor, i have seen same and a lot more. plus the AQHA is NOT the only breed club to condone these actions…nor are the open shows pure of heart when it comes to horse abuse. i have seen it, tried to stop it, resorted to even sneaking into a stall at night and freeing a head tied horse so it could lay down and rest and drink. only to be told by the shows authority to mind my own business or be banned from showing. needless to say…anyone not practicing these abusive training techniques never pin or even place. correct the judges and this kind of stuff would stop. its mostly the judges fault for pinning these trainers/handlers…so the abuse goes on. a lot of judges are “PAID” off by said devious persons too, so they can be assured of winning. seen it with my own eyes!!!
    rules need to be placed and upheld and those that do this stuff need to be banned from the ring.

    December 3, 2013
    • sherriey

      ….but then, this too is all about money and prestige. they may not be Tenn. Walking Horses, but same stuff…just different breeds.
      the things i have seen and could tell you……!

      December 3, 2013
  • Robynne Catheron

    GO, Mr Buck, git ’em! To get the infamous ears-way-below-the-withers- peanut roller look in the western pleasure arena, most of the owners, trainers and riders at the big AQHA shows are notorious for withholding water for up to 24 hours before a show, and/or stringing their horses’ heads up to the rafters all night, causing extreme exhaustion in the show ring. And that stupid and ugly thing they call a lope is darn near as hideous as a sored and padded TWH’s crab-walk. What the heck happened to their natural and beautiful gait? It’s nowhere to be seen, at least not in the pleasure classes.

    December 3, 2013
  • Sue

    Ive worked around various horse breeds. IMHO, the QH is the most amenable breed. No abuse or harsh treatment is ever needed on any horse, but most particularly with QHs.

    December 3, 2013
  • Barbara Warner

    It goes on with all breeds unfortunately and the reason I stopped going to horse shows Ginger is put into the rectums of Saddle horses and their tails broken and finally ginger was outlawed for Arabians but what all goes behind those curtained stalls is a lot of torture. I saw a trainer at the National Arabian show years ago whip a horse below its knees before going into a class. Then another one at the KY Horse Park whip an Arabian in the chest and claimed he was training it for a halter class. I reported him. Just go back in the barns to see what happens.Even dressage horses are being abused by making them tuck their heads behind the vertical. What ever became of real horsemen?

    December 4, 2013
  • Cat

    This is disgusting what people do to these poor horses simply for the sake of winning! Winning what! This surely makes the moto “you can’t tell a book by it’s cover” an understatement. I feel so sorry for so many show horses… Lookin so pretty in their stalls. Poor things are often just treated like a item. Stuck in stalls all day until they get that training workout for that 1 hour a few days a week. A lot of people in the business of having a horse for showing and competitions only care what that horse can do to make them look good and win. They have no interaction with their horse. I see their poor heads just hanging out of their stalls sometimes just looking for a little love and compassion. Just breaks my heart:(

    December 4, 2013
  • Is anyone really surprised that such abuse goes on in any Equine competitions?Especially where big fat egos and purses are involved?The bigger the money the worse it gets.I agree it all rolls back to the judges-they know what is happening-they place the folks that do the abuse above those who are honest and honestly have a good horse-and so they promote such abuse.Honest judges-yes there are a few-are quickly weeded out and not asked to judge if they complain or try to make changes.I can no longer even watch most competions of most kinds because of the extreme postures-weird gaits,etc that have become the norm to these weirdos.It is painful for the horses and unnatural-obviuos to all those except those competing.

    December 8, 2013