Barrel Horse Theft: Arrest Likely, Sheriff Says

Arrests in connection with the theft and abuse of a barrel horse in South Dakota could take place this week according to Stanley County law enforcement authorities.

The horse was competing in the Fort Pierre Rodeo when it was taken from the Stanley County Fair Grounds on July 5.

Stanley County Sheriff Brad Rathbun said deputies found the horse injured and confined in a corral in another Fort Pierre location within hours of its disappearance.

Rathbun refused comment on the horse's injuries, and declined to identify its owner.

"We have a couple of leads we're following and hopefully, we'll have the loose ends tied up to make an arrest by the end of this week," Rathbun said.

The South Dakota Rodeo Association is offering a $500 reward for information leading to an arrest and conviction in the case. Tips can be called to the group at 605/374-7731.

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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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