Pair Sought for Questioning in Show Horse Slaughter Case

Authorities believe two men could have information about the slaughter of a show jumping horse in Palmetto.
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Editor’s Note: The men wanted for questioning were found to be uninvolved in the case. Read more in  Pictured Pair Uninvolved in Florida Slaughter Case.


Manatee County officials are seeking these two individuals who could have information about the slaughter of a show jumping horse.

Manatee County, Florida, authorities are hoping the public can help identify a pair of men who could have information about the slaughter of a show jumping horse in Palmetto.

In October Manatee County Sheriff’s Office (MSO) deputies responded to a call from horse owner Debbie Stephens reporting that her horse had been stolen from his stall. Just days earlier, Stephens had purchased and imported the horse, a 12-year-old Selle Francais gelding named Phedras De Blondrel. After searching her property Stephens found the horse’s slaughtered remains with large portions of meat cut from the carcass and missing

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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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