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#625297 No Convictions For Marsha Parkinson And The Return Of Over 60 Horses As A Res...

Posted by dowedoit on 27 February 2012 - 12:12 PM

Hmmmm - guess I'm officially proud to be a member of the "tin foil hat society" that approximately a year ago (edited to "approximately a year ago" from "more than a year ago" to reflect the seizure in April - was thinking it was January...) voiced our concerns about the legality of the Canterbury seizure. As was said back then but bears repeating now - don't assume it won't happen to you. Don't assume that everyone who falls prey to a "rescue" group turned law enforcement is guilty.

I am so thankful that Marsha found the resources to challenge DEFHR and Queen Anne's County. I would not have been to come up with the money to defend the bogus charges - as is the case for most people - which is why these rescue groups have run amok and have been allowed to trample on the property rights of owners.

For those who were so critical and quick to judge Marsha - I hope you learn something. And I hope that people will quit being so quick to judge - that mentality is what has given these vigilante rescues the power to abuse.

I am forever grateful that Marsha has exposed their abuses. I certainly hope that she is able to recoup what I would expect to be a six figure legal defense bill in civil court.
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#771597 After 8+ years out he goes

Posted by HGEsquire on 12 July 2017 - 08:02 AM

It's been quite some time since I have made a new post here on ABN.  Not 8+ years as that is an entire different subject and the reason for my post.


With Sport Horse Nationals on our side of the world this year and after having sold our linebred colt Mondavi GA, aka 'Robbie' I got the hair brained idea to take Esquire+ back out again.  


Of course I had absolutely no idea how this would go since he seriously has not even had a saddle on in 8+ years (not his fault).  My knees are trashed and while I would love to ride and show it simply is not in the cards :(  In fact, I have just re-injured my left knee and am headed to the doctors office tomorrow to be scheduled for surgery to have it repaired.


So off to the trainer he went.  Three days later we had to go get him to fulfill a breeding obligation.  He returned to the trainer the following day (just over an hour away) where the trainer was able to take him for a spin after being at the barn for a week.  I was not present so have no idea if it were pretty or not lol but did receive a few cellphone pics via text.  


In the next two weeks we picked Esquire up for several breeding obligations and took him right back to the trainer the following day. This did not give the trainer hardly anytime to ride Esquire, getting to know him, etc.  And on top of that we had a lot of rain :(  Our first show was going to be interesting to say the least......................


So off we went the end of May to Esquire's first show in 8+ years.  He showed both in hand and under saddle.  To say we are pleased with how everything went would be an understatement!  He looked stunning and behaved beautifully.  We took him to a second show the following weekend where he made it to the ring in hand but not under saddle.  Unfortunately Esquire had a tummy ache which he politely told us would keep him from performing his best.  We listened and scratched him from his under saddle classes and let him rest.  


The following weekend Esquire had off but that was short lived.  The next weekend we made the trip to Lexington, VA for the Blue Ridge Arabian Classic.    It was at this show Esquire validated what I knew from the first time I laid eyes on him.  With less than 2 full weeks of being back to work under saddle due to having to be taken back and forth and rain he received at this one show his highest dressage scores yet!  In fact, 3 of his 4 test scores were higher than his scores from years back!


Yes this post is a brag post, yes this post is intended to say I am super proud of my boy AND the trainer, but most important this post is to say.....

"NEVER GIVE UP ON YOUR DREAMS"  ~ Believe it is possible and it will be!!!


Pictures are from our recent shows ;) 






Thank you for allowing me to share here with all of you!


Denise Gainey

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#626212 No Convictions For Marsha Parkinson And The Return Of Over 60 Horses As A Res...

Posted by grizz on 01 March 2012 - 01:24 PM

I have been watching this topic since the very beginning.. I am Happy with the results of the trial, and over the years have seen this sort of seizure played out several times. It is all too easy for someone not familiar with the breed to look at an arab horse and judge it as underweight. Especially those horses that are used for endurance. These are not quarter horses or drafty's. And a lot of older arabians tend to be really hard keepers. Especially when they get to the point where they have lost most of their teeth, or if they have become picky eaters with supressed apetites. I look back at the feeding frenzy that was joined in and encouraged by many on this site with disgust, and only hope that one day you don't find yourself in a pickle because one of your oldsters whom you have doted on and kept long past it's "usefulness" has to be put down in front of you by a comittee of vigilante horse thieves. More than one person's stock have been stolen away in this fashion, and some of the rescues involved look upon a person with a large number of animals as easy pickings, especially when the owner is no longer a spring chicken themselves. They see money to be made for the "rescue" operation in terms of huge monetary donations that pour in with their begging campaigns that accompany this type of huge seizure..and in this case outright theft. A word to the wise, next time don't be so quick to judge the person that is under attack. Heaven forbid that you offer some youngstock for sale to a public venue and someone uses that avenue to gain access to your premises. If they spot a skinny old nag on the place beware, you may find that you will lose your animals, and possibly your property and if you can't mount a legal defense you may wind up in jail as a result of some PETA nut wanting to shut down your livestock business.
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#625471 No Convictions For Marsha Parkinson And The Return Of Over 60 Horses As A Res...

Posted by Briska on 27 February 2012 - 09:19 PM

Cecilia...you still take my breath away. You're contention that the prosecution could have supplied their own expert witness to refute Dr. Henneke on his own research paper is priceless. Just priceless...

Look back and you'll find that this whole fiasco began with Marsha offering to donate horses to DEFHR as a way for the rescue to raise funds. Requesting the return of only 63 horses leaves 70 horses for DEFHR to sell...as was originally planned. Then greed entered the picture and 'they' somehow became obsessed with capturing Marsha's entire herd (thus more money)...I'll admit to taking a bit of literary license, but I'd bet I'm close to the mark.

As to the plea bargain and who benefited most, my money is the DA. I can only imagine the pure, unadulterated fear when they learned the author of the Henneke body condition scoring system was the expert witness for Marsha! The entire case is founded on DEFHRs findings based on the use of this scale. The only expert witness capable of challenging Dr. Henneke would be one of his co-authors. AND THAT aint gonna happen.

So where do we go from here? Each and every one of us would be well served with some earnest soul searching; why did we react as we did, say what we said and fight for the side for which we fought... Then, move on and become involved with your local animal control officers, sheriffs, humane organizations and ultimately your elected officials to effect a change. Only you can decide what that change will be, but I challenge you to decide.

Until we meet again,
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#625288 No Convictions For Marsha Parkinson And The Return Of Over 60 Horses As A Res...

Posted by msjwebb on 27 February 2012 - 11:39 AM


"Don Henneke, PhD., Director of Equine Science at Tarleton State University in Texas, was prepared to

testify as an expert for the defense. Dr. Henneke developed the Body Conditioning Scale for horses that

is used internationally. It is frequently referred to as the “Henneke Scale.” Dr. Henneke reviewed the

evidence and, in his professional opinion, HSUS and its rescue partners (the groups responsible for the

seizure) “showed a complete lack of understanding” in the application of the equine body condition

scale as applied to Ms. Parkinson’s horses and “exhibited extreme bias.” He concluded that “the charges

of neglect against Ms. Parkinson were not warranted. The horses should not have been removed from

her control and custody.” A copy of Dr. Henneke’s report is available upon request.

Under the agreement, the State dismissed 123 counts, and Ms. Parkinson pled “no contest” to 10 counts

of “failing to provide adequate shelter.” The court struck all ten counts and entered a probation before

judgment, which is not a conviction on any of the counts. Ms. Parkinson will eventually apply to the

court to expunge the record of the 10 misdemeanor counts not dismissed. Under the agreement, Animal

Control must return over 60 of her horses, selected by Ms. Parkinson, to Canterbury Farm."
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#761670 Warning:theft of intellectual property

Posted by MyssMyst on 06 June 2015 - 03:38 PM

My ######...  Just block each other, go have a margarita, and call it good...  Or moonshine.  I think this thread is at the 180 proof moonshine phase now...  Seriously, both of you are being ridiculous.

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Posted by BFF on 28 December 2017 - 09:27 AM

Inspired by the West Coast Equine Best dressed Holiday Horse- My young student who has been with me 8 years was inspired.


Let me add she is an Engineer.  


She asked me if 8 years ago did I ever foresee this horse being ridden in the dark, in a halter with 700 lights on him I would have said H**L NO.


Only a horse person would spend $50+ on this to possibly win a $50 gift basket.


Here is what she wrote- MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!!! 🎄🎅🏻☃️🎁

This years Christmas pictures brought to you by Amazon. 2 hours, 700 light bulbs, 225 feet of lights, idk how many safety pins, and one highly competitive girl with too much time on her hands who thoroughly enjoys dressing her horse up. Hope everyone enjoys this as much as I (and Dorann) did. I wish i could ride him every night like this.














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#771676 A Jilted Gelding's Revenge

Posted by greygelding on 28 July 2017 - 11:52 AM

For some reason my geldings find Rose irresistible. With the passing of Raven, Mattie has "moved in" with her. Most days they can be found hanging out together in one of the corrals. I have been calling them Mr. And Mrs.. This all changed with the arrival of the new gelding, SoVayn. Rose started batting her eyes at him and he fell head over hoofs for her. He's still a nice horse to people but has become an aggressive terror for the rest of the herd. Constantly making sure that everyone keeps their distance from Rosé, he has now started to aggressively chase them farther and farther away. I lock the two in their corrals at night so the rest of the herd can roam in peace, and I will address the situation this weekend, but that's for another post.
I noticed that each morning despite eating his food and drinking a normal amount of water he is a bit drawn up and has lost a bit of weight. It's almost like he's being worked hard. There has been 3 piles of poop each morning outside the corral by the corner for me to clean up. It suddenly dawned on me that there might be other mischief afoot. Glancing down at Mattie's corral I could swear that he stuck his nice a little deeper in his feed bucket with a guilty look. "Not me, I didn't do nothin' ". Last night I ran a little test and got my answer. After dinner I released the 4 leaving only Rose and SoVayn in their corals. I walked back to the house, waited a minute, turned around, and leaned against the corner of the house unnoticed by the herd. Mattie strolled down to the corner of SoVayn's corral and started to antigonize him. Mattie then backed off a little bit as the bigger gelding continued to charge the fence with ears flattened. Mattie seemed to be enjoying the show with his ears perked, eyes bright, watching and waiting for something. Soon SoVayn grew tired and retreated to the back of his corral. Seeing this, Mattie came up to the fence struck out and reared. Immediately SoVayn charged and Mattie backed off and resumed his watchful state. If this continues most of the night then that would account for the condition of the new gelding. The clever little gelding is now locked up for the night but doesn't seem too fazed at all. I'll make a few changes this weekend but I find myself chuckling over Mattie's revenge. He's officially my favorite horse on the ranch.
Here's a couple of pics of our new boy:

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#772002 One of the last sons of Menes comes to Canada

Posted by Kailicia'sGirl on 15 November 2017 - 08:03 PM

One of the last sons of the great Menes comes to Canada - joining Penny Lane Arabians! 


Welcome, Sivmen B (Menes x Sivka)


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#771505 Joint Injury recovery?

Posted by Airwalker on 23 June 2017 - 10:36 AM

It looks good as of yesterday, finally. He is getting joint injections of antibiotics and muscular antibiotics (Exceed)

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#626106 No Convictions For Marsha Parkinson And The Return Of Over 60 Horses As A Res...

Posted by setter555 on 01 March 2012 - 05:37 AM

I just got this email with the request by Marsha H. Parkinson of Canterbury Farms to post her message to everyone that supported her and worked for her, as is...I am not taking anything out of her message:

Finally it has hit me, and I am falling asleep at the desk, into my soup, and then waking up to find that even though it is raining, the sun is shining.

Would you please, through whomever you trust, have them post on ABN how very much I have appreciated the long and hard work everyone who saw this travesty for what it was, and stood up to voice their courage. And still are.

I will be able to speak soon and there will be conformation of those who stood by me, knowing me or not, and in their hearts knew that someone who has loved horses for their lifetime, would not have done vile things to these noble and precious animals.

For all of the horror that this has brought, and for the deaths of horses because of it...and for the slander and libel that is still going on, and probably will not stop......there were many good things too.

I give hope that it will help others in the battle against abuse of power.

You Leo, are incredible and you have stood by through thick and thin. A person I did not know, while some of those who I have helped for years had not only turned their backs, but stuck knives in mine. Sure shakes the wheat from the chaff. And, Leo, you are at the top echelon of that which came out of the dark night of the soul that was good. Your friendship is treasured.


I also got a message from Leo that he has no desire nor interest to come back here. He wants everyone to know this. You can find him elsewhere.
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#772283 Trooper Tales - Watermelon

Posted by greygelding on 27 June 2018 - 12:02 PM

As I arrived home yesterday evening I noticed all six horses were beating the heat by hanging out in the shade of the last two corrals on the east side of the house. I go inside, relax a little bit then have dinner, followed by a nice cold slice of watermelon. Finished, I cut the rind into six pieces planing to give each horse a treat before dinner. I looked out the window but I could only see five horses in the shade. Trooper was not in sight but I had a feeling where I would find him. Stepping out the front door, I looked west at the west pasture gate and sure enough, there he was. Steeping over to him I presented him with his treat and it quickly vanished. He really has my number and as I turned away I heard a soft nicker pleading for just one more. Oh well, I can always split one of the other pieces in half. Another nicker, a soft nose touch on my arm, and a gentle neck wrap around me and I was out of treats. As I closed each corral gate and gave each a hug and a scratch, they could smell watermelon, and I was throughly inspected for the missing treats. Well at least everybody got a good dinner, including the little grey gelding with the Cheshire Cat smile.


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#772235 In The Saddle

Posted by greygelding on 05 May 2018 - 06:08 PM

It's been a long time since I've been in the saddle so yesterday evening we went for a short ride.  Pam is on Begonia, of course, our friend Tulsa, rode Sovayn, and I looked around at the five eager faces and had to decide which one to ride.  Let's see.  Untrained senior?  No.  Three frisky eager beavers?  No, not for a relaxing ride with a fairly green rider.  Hey, Trooper!  If you'll stop nuzzling me long enough, I'll take you for a ride.  All three greys were wonderful and we had a great ride.  Trooper has the least amount of training but was a very good boy and I properly showed my appreciation.  With a carrot of course. :D








The girls with Begonia and Sovayn:









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#772165 2018 Foals show us those beautiful babies

Posted by BFF on 25 March 2018 - 03:13 PM

I can not believe it is March and I do not see a 2018 foal thread.


Maybe I missed it.



After 12 months and 4 days my beautiful mare Fatima VF  (Alada Baskin x Fiona VF) presented me with a big, beautiful colt sired by our National Champion Stallion The Terminatorr+  (Azh Naborr x L'argent).  Extra special because I also bred his father and owned his grandsire and grandmother.


The Terminatorr+ does not have many foals but the ones he has are amazing. Including the spectacular 8 Time National Top Ten Hermes Echo++++//





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#771884 Fellanaka APPROVED into the Hanoverian Stud book

Posted by BFF on 22 September 2017 - 07:09 PM

In May of 2012 I purchased Fellanaka solely from photos and video.  I had been told she had only been a broodmare, which was the main reason I was purchasing her. I wanted her to breed to my Hanoverian/Arabian cross stallion The Terminatorr+.  When she stepped off that trailer at 2 AM (coming all the way from North Carolina to Southern California) I caught my breath. She was even more spectacular then I had thought.  I told everyone that next morning that my new Brood mare was going to go to some horse shows. I also had hopes to one day take her to the Hanoverian Inspection and have her approved into their book.  Two months after her arrival she was not only in foal but she was a Regional Champion Mare, and three months after her arrival she was a Double U.S. National Top Ten Mare.  She has also produced two spectacular foals for me from my stallion The Terminatorr+. 


This year, the timing was finally right. I was not at Sport Horse Nationals and she did not have a foal at side, so we entered her in the Hanoverian Inspection on September 20th.


I am proud to announce that Fellanaka (Ganges x Fellana by *Bandos) has been APPROVED to be entered into the Studbook of the American Hanoverian Society. This is quite an accomplishment for an Arabian mare. I am told that typically only one Arabian mare a year is accepted, and our Pure Polish Fellanaka now joins them. I have owned Hanoverian's since the early 1990's, having purchased my Hanoverian mares to breed to my Arabian stallions, the oldest of my cross being 25 this year. This is an exciting step for our breeding program as Fellanaka will be bred to an Elite Hanoverian Stallion in 2018. This resulting foal will be eligible to be inspected, branded and entered into the Hanoverian book thereby allowing Fellanka to make a contribution to the Hanoverian breed into the future. I am absolutely on cloud nine over this. Fellanaka is already a proven producer of outstanding, beautiful athletes, and we can not wait to see what she will produce with this cross.


Here are photos of her from the inspection.





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#771646 One More Time - I'll Never Learn

Posted by greygelding on 23 July 2017 - 07:55 AM

It came to my attention that there was a 22-year-old, nicely trained, swaybacked, ignored, grey Arabian Gelding offered for free to a good home.  I had removed the panels from Raven's corral not too long ago for another project.  Pam just smiled and giggled as I rebuilt the fenceline.  With the trailer hooked up we were on the road at 3:30 am to go see him.  This would be a quick trip as it was only a 600-mile round trip.   :rolleyes:  It seems like nothing I like is no closer than at least a half days journey from home. ;)   We arrive and head to his corral.  As we enter he immediately leaves his breakfast and comes to greet us.  So far, so good.  Bright expressive eyes greet us and he's a bit but not too sway backed.  Now that I'm here I get the whole story.  He was purchased for a girl to show but then became lame on tight turns to the right.  A vet exam was done and he would be a fine trail horse but not suitable for dressage.  He was trained to 3rd level so I'll have minimal work to do.  Three years ago he was shipped to her grandparent's city in California so grandma could ride him.  She went out for a couple of rides but it was a lot of work and interest faded.  He sat for the next three years until it was decided that they didn't want to pay upkeep on a horse not being used. A reasonable and a familiar story.  You can;t sell a senior, swaybacked, lame horse and even if he was free, who would want him?   :rolleyes:   This is where I enter the picture.  Welcome to the island of misfit toys.   :lol:


Pam rode him and even though he hasn't been ridden for awhile he showed that he was indeed a well-trained boy.  We received a folder with all his paperwork, including his registration papers (YEA!), loaded him up, and away we went.  Now I love a horse with a sense of humor and I wasn't about to be disappointed.  We stopped for fuel, yes a free horse is never free,  ;) and I put water in a plastic pan offering it to him through the feed door of the trailer.  He took a small drink, then using his nose like a scoop, proceeded to shovel water out of the pan all over me.  I people at the car next to us were shocked but I was laughing delightedly.  Mattie and this boy will make quite a team.  We made two stops for exercise and water as it was a hot day and this weather was not what he was used to.  He wouldn't drink but he made the trip OK.  He settled into his corral then called to see if anyone was about.  This brought an immediate response as all 5 came running home.  Begonia was indifferent to him, Aspen can't wait to show him who's second in command, Shar lays her ears in a leave me alone message, Mattie is glad as he thinks there's too much estrogen here, and Rose is absolutely in love.  Today he gets to meet the carrot crew up close and personal.  So the Fab Five is back to the Sensational Six.




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#625660 No Convictions For Marsha Parkinson And The Return Of Over 60 Horses As A Res...

Posted by Khona's Mom on 28 February 2012 - 02:19 PM

:th_fathorsey: Sorry, but ....... anyone besides me MISS reading Leo's and Tom's posts here? Perhaps there
has been enough of a "cooling off" period to reinstate them??? Just my 2 cents worth... back to lurk mode...
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#772443 Thanksgiving is Coming

Posted by greygelding on 18 November 2018 - 07:48 PM

Only three more working days until Thanksgiving. Here’s from a couple of years gone by:





Everyone have a great Thanksgiving

Mike and Pam
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#772407 Happy Halloween from the Carrot Crew

Posted by greygelding on 30 October 2018 - 11:47 AM

The crew have their bags and costumes ready, three witches and three vampires, and wish everyone a safe and happy Halloween.


Top row Aspen, Sovayn, and Shar
Bottom row Mattie, Rosie, and Trooper

Of course Shar will beg for carrots any chance she gets


Mike and Pam
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#772391 Ghost Town

Posted by greygelding on 07 October 2018 - 06:39 AM

I thought I was the only one who checked every day.
It seems our board is on its last legs.
I will definitely miss it. 
I hope Mike and Pam are ok he has not posted here in a while.

We’re fine here. Working two jobs has kept me busy. I had yesterday off so Trooper and Mattie were in the yard yesterday morning sharing my breakfast and mooching as many treats as possible. This morning is Aspens turn then it’s back to work this afternoon. I miss the “good old days” here.

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