GoHorseShow.com has obtained a copy of the Arrest Warrant Affidavit
from the City of Fort Worth filed by Detective Brady with the Fort Worth Police
Department on September 21, 2012. The
Affidavit accuses Shirley Ann Roth of Cruelty To Livestock Animals, Penal
Code 42.09 (a) (1) for an incident occurring on September 8 at the Will Rogers
Coliseum during the Reichert Celebration.
The Fort Worth Police Department has accused that Ms. Roth “Did then and there
intentionally or knowingly torture, kill in a cruel manner, or cause serious
bodily injury to an animal to wit; A red roan 2-year-old quarter horse stallion
by causing numerous abrasions, swelling and contusions on multiple areas of the
Ms. Roth was suspended by AQHA and NSBA effective September 19, 2012. The Warrant of Arrest by the Fort Worth Police Department was
filed on September 21. Ms. Roth posted $5,000 bail on September 25. She has an extradition hearing set for
Ms. Roth, who maintains her innocence, declined to comment at this time. In an October 4 email from her attorney, Reagan Wynn, to GoHorseShow.com, Mr. Wynn stated the following:
"As no formal criminal charges have been filed to date and the investigation is ongoing, it would not be appropriate for Ms. Roth to make any statement at this time. We are conducting our own investigation into this matter and are confident that, once all of the facts are known, it will be clear that Ms. Roth is a well-respected proffessional (sic) trainer and breeder who has taken all reasonable steps to care for her horses and that she has committed no criminal offense."
Although an undoubtedly unfortunate circumstance, it is GoHorseShow.com's opinion that this situation does not accurately reflect those caring for and training horses, or our show horse industry, as a whole.
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We have people killing people daily that get off easier then what some of the people think should be done to Shirley. I am appalued to what had occured here and if you merely let the courts handle this matter, it will be mere slap on the hands. Automatic ban from all associations would be a proper recomendation!
STOP putting the big money in the 2 year old classes....
There is a very good trainer in my area who refuses to push these babies. Guess what??? He loses business and clients over it. But -- he maintains his integrity and the horses in his barn aren't crippled as three year olds. Will he ever win a big 2-year old futurity?? Probably not -- but you're not going to see his mug shot all over horseshow.com, either...
So happy this abuse was reported and action taken. I feel so sorry for the stallion and also for the owner. Good job to all who took action!! I was there at the Reichert celebration for a whole week as a working guest of people who attend every year. It was my first time to attend and I was very happy to be there and learn more about the show environment. All of the hundreds of horses I saw were exquisitely groomed, in excellent health, and well-cared for. There was a buzz going around about what happened and I appreciate this website is publishing ongoing information as well as comments. But I want to say again, that I worked every day for a week in the sale stall area, I saw quite a few of the competitions, I attended some of the sale, I drove around the grounds periodically in a golf cart running errands during the week, and ALL of the horses I saw there were well cared for and healthy horses as you would expect and as it should be.
How can anyone treat a horse that way? Let alone a BABY, my God, shame on her. They should take a pair of spurs and rip her sides open and let her see how it feels. I certainly hope that anyone who had a horse in her care has pulled out. She doesn't deserve the privledge to ride any horse.
This type of treatment at the hands of horse trainers has been going on for generations - it's not an isolated case and this trainer's spurs alone are not at fault. I've ridden with spurs for years and my horses don't bleed. Ever. Futurity events [especially] drive this type of cruel training regime, given the short timeline for preparing the <2 year old. This is no different than child-abuse however and unless the AQHA/APHA eagerly work with law enforcement to develop abuse-screening criteria, [all] horse shows are at risk of being banned altogether or collapsing as the sponsors and venue providers pull out for fear of bad publicity and perceived guilt by association.
I am a Canadian rider who has been riding for 20 plus years. I have had about 50 diffeent horses and rarely use spurs. It is not the tool that causes the problem, as they are an inanimate object that does not move without an outside force acting on it. IE HUMANS. My experience has been that spurs are need only if you have a horse that is totally dead-sided ( and yes they occur naturally - I had three!) OR IF you are involved in a sport that requires instantanious respect of your leg. A SPUR DOES NOT ABUSE WHEN USED RESPECTFULLY!
Really - what qualifies someone as a horse trainer - HEY - I'M A HORSE TRAINER - does that make me one. Shirley is a pathetic reminder of that fact. If anyone has every truely watched her "train" her horses, this is really not a surprise. The surprise is that people actually take horses to her to "train" into submission. She is very cruel and heartless. This poor horse is 2 YRS OLD - A FRIGGIN BABY! I understand we ride & show 2 yr old, but perhaps he needs more time to mature & was a not a horse that was able to be shown as a 2 yr old - not all of them are - they are BABIES! We have shown some of our 2 yrs olds and not shown some because they are all different individuals. I feel so for this talented young stallion. Hopefully his owner will do his research before putting him with another "trainer", so that he may be able to see all of his potential come to the surface and have a successful career.