Judge Orders Exhumation of Champion Saddlebred

A federal judge in Lexington, Ky., has ordered that the body of American Saddlebred champion Wild Eyed and Wicked be exhumed for additional forensic testing. The exhumation was set to begin on Feb. 2.

Wicked was one of five top Saddlebreds that were injected with an unknown, necrotizing (tissue-killing) substance on June 28-29, 2003, at Double D Ranch in Versailles, Ky. In the following

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A federal judge in Lexington, Ky., has ordered that the body of American Saddlebred champion Wild Eyed and Wicked be exhumed for additional forensic testing. The exhumation was set to begin on Feb. 2.

Wicked was one of five top Saddlebreds that were injected with an unknown, necrotizing (tissue-killing) substance on June 28-29, 2003, at Double D Ranch in Versailles, Ky. In the following weeks, Wicked and two other horses were euthanatized due to complications from their injuries. Wicked was buried at Double D. To learn more about this story, see www.TheHorse.com/sbreds.

The case has remained under investigation by the Kentucky State Police (KSP).

Wicked’s owners, Sally and Joe Jackson, had made a motion for exhumation that was held in abeyance by the court judge pending confirmation that the exhuming would not impede the KSP investigation, that samples were not already in vets’ custody, and that forensic examination could be of some benefit to the investigation. The Jacksons filed a renewed motion for exhumation on Sept. 17, 2004, after obtaining the required information

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Stephanie L. Church, Editorial Director, grew up riding and caring for her family’s horses in Central Virginia and received a B.A. in journalism and equestrian studies from Averett University. She joined The Horse in 1999 and has led the editorial team since 2010. A 4-H and Pony Club graduate, she enjoys dressage, eventing, and trail riding with her former graded-stakes-winning Thoroughbred gelding, It Happened Again (“Happy”). Stephanie and Happy are based in Lexington, Kentucky.

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