Pictured Pair Uninvolved in Florida Slaughter Case

Two men thought to have information about the slaughter of a high-ticket show jumper were not involved in the incident.

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A pair of men believed to have information about the theft and slaughter of a high-ticket show jumper were not involved in the incident, the Manatee County, Florida, Sheriff’s Office (MSO) said.

Last month, MSO deputies responded to a call from a Palmetto horse owner reporting that one of her horses had been stolen from a stall. Just days earlier, the horse—a 12-year-old Selle Francais gelding named Phedras De Blondrel—had arrived at the farm. The horse’s slaughtered remains were later discovered on the property.

On Nov. 5, the MSO released photographs of two men who investigators thought could provide information about the incident. However, on Nov. 8, the pair was interviewed and found to be uninvolved in the incident, said Dave Bristo, MSO public information officer.

"We determined that they had no involvement and could provide no new information in the case," he said

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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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