Kansas Trainer Vows Court Fight Over Relocated Horses

Kansas horse trainer Tammy Blase vowed to challenge landlord Scott Becker and his family in court on grounds that he violated their lease agreement by ordering the Nov. 4 removal of 59 horses from Mount Bethel Farm in Meriden, Kan., without first notifying her in writing.

Blase reported the horses stolen after a client disclosed that the horses were not in their stalls. Jackson County police found the horses the following day at a farm in Lawrence, Kan.

Blase leases the farm from the Beckers to board and train horses for her private clients. The Becker family has also filed a suit, requesting the horses be held as collateral for rent in arrears since 2007.

"We also had a verbal agreement that delinquent rent would be paid in November after I collected commission for selling a client's horse," Blase said. "As far as I knew everything was fine and we were all in agreement on how the rent would be paid and when."

Becker family attorney Mark Emert declined to elaborate on the case.

"Our petition speaks for itself," he said.

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Pat Raia

Pat Raia is a veteran journalist who enjoys covering equine welfare, industry, and news. In her spare time, she enjoys riding her Tennessee Walking Horse, Sonny.

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