Stallion Reported Stolen is Focus of Ownership Dispute

Capone 1, the Holsteiner show jumping stallion reported as stolen in Washington State, is the focal point of a civil lawsuit concerning his ownership, according to attorneys representing both sides of the dispute.

According to terms of a lawsuit posted on its Web site,, syndicate Exitpoint Stallions Limiteé claims to be the owner of Capone 1, who was reportedly stolen from a barn in Bellingham, Wash., on May 19. The suit also involves two other horses allegedly in the possession of Corinne Super of Chilliwack, British Columbia (B.C.), Canada.

Holsteiner stallion Capone 1 was reported missing

Capone 1

Attorney Robert Cooper of the Vancouver, B.C., firm of McCarthy Tétrault LLP, attorneys of record for Exitpoint Stallions and trainer Douglas Spink, said the suit was filed in February with the Supreme Court of British Columbia.

"We're suing for the return of two horses and the paperwork, and damages in alleged breeding fees for horses that belong to my client," said Cooper. "Since Capone was taken from his barn, we have amended the suit to include Capone."

However, Super's attorney, Mark Mounteer, said Super received ownership of Capone in 2005, in lieu of payment for Spink's debts to her.

"She's had ownership of the horse for years now," said Mounteer, who is with the Vancouver law firm of Hordo & Bennett.

The continuing civil case could take a year or more to resolve, Mounteer said.

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Pat Raia

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