Wis. horse trainer loses dispute over show jumperMILWAUKEE (AP) — A western Wisconsin horse trainer has lost a legal dispute over a show jumper, a case that gives a glimpse into the world of champion horses.
Amy Hunter, 43, of Viroqua, nursed and trained a sick Irish Draught horse for a wealthy out-of-state-owner. Hunter says the owner was so grateful she told her she could keep him. But after the horse, named Cradilo, regained Grand Prix show jumping status, the owner demanded the animal back.
The Wisconsin Court of Appeals affirmed a lower court decision and ruled Thursday in favor of Grace Shaw-Kennedy, of Clayton, Calif., the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported Saturday (http://bit.ly/1fne4v5http://bit.ly/1fne4v5 ).
“It’s been pretty frustrating,” Hunter said. “Basically it means I live in the wrong state. Anywhere there’s some knowledge of the industry this would be different.”
As told in the decision, Shaw-Kennedy imported Cradilo from Ireland for about $35,000 in 1996 but turned over his care and management to business partner Kassandra Ladd. The horse competed in dressage events for a few years until he was slowed by a lung infection.
In 2006, Ladd gave Cradilo to Hunter with the understanding Hunter would use the animal for breeding and try to rehab him for a possible return to high-level competition. Hunter not only made Cradilo competitive, she rode him in events around the country and bred him with her own thoroughbred mares. Some of those offspring are now among the best 5-year-olds competing, Hunter said.
Eventually, the horse began competing again at the Grand Prix level, but Hunter couldn’t afford to keep him on the circuit, so Shaw-Kennedy sent Hunter about $13,000 a month. The payments that eventually totaled $217,000.
Madison police couple suspended for gun incidentMADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Madison Police Department has suspended an officer couple after a shooting incident involving alcohol at their home in rural Columbia County.
Investigators said Friday that Officers Gary and Emily House, who are married, were socializing with acquaintances Jan. 3. During the evening, their guns were fired from the backyard toward an unpopulated area.
Investigators believe no one was in danger, but Columbia County sheriff’s deputies called to the scene determined that Cary House fired a gun under the influence. He was arrested on suspicion of intoxicated use of a firearm. He pleaded no contest to disorderly conduct and paid a $200 fine.
Internal affairs investigators found that Emily House had likely driven a vehicle while intoxicated the same evening. She was not charged but received a reprimand.
The investigation summary said Cary House was suspended without pay for 30 days, with 10 days held in abeyance for one year, for violating department policies involving firearms safety, unlawful conduct and the care and use of city-owned property.
Emily House was suspended for nine days without pay, with three days held in abeyance, for violating department policies involving unlawful conduct and firearms safety. Police said she handled but didn’t fire a gun in the incident.
The investigation summary noted that Cary House was hired by the police department in 2008 and had four commendations on his record, while Emily House was hired in 2007 and had received 13 commendations.
4 people rescued after capsizing on Lake MichiganWINTHROP HARBOR, Ill. (AP) — A good Samaritan has helped rescue four people after their catamaran capsized on Lake Michigan.
The Coast Guard says the unnamed good Samaritan contacted a guard station in Kenosha, Wis., via radio Friday night. The man said he rescued four people whose 12-foot sailing catamaran had capsized near Winthrop Harbor, Ill.
A Coast Guard response boat responded to the scene and was able to re-right the catamaran and tow it to Winthrop Harbor Marina. The four people who had been on the boat were also taken to the marina, where they were examined by an emergency medical crew and released in good condition.
The Coast Guard did not release names or hometowns of the people involved.
Authorities ID remains as woman missing 17 monthsSAYNER, Wis. (AP) — The Vilas County Sheriff’s Office says human remains found in the Northern Highland Forest are those of a woman who’d been missing for 17 months.
A hunter found the remains of Sandra Schinke near a snowmobile trial east of Sayner Monday, along with a small jacket and shoe that appeared to have been undisturbed for some time. He called police Thursday.
The 55-year-old Schinke was reported missing from her home April 6, 2012. She was last seen walking along a highway near where the remains were found, But intensive ground searches failed to find her.