ASHA saddened by loss of horses at Double D

CHWild-Eyed And Wicked, two-time World's Grand Champion, and Meet Prince Charming were humanely put to rest Thursday morning. They were two of five horses injected with a foreign corrosive substance by intruders last month.CHWild-Eyed And Wicked, two-time World's Grand Champion, and Meet Prince Charming were humanely put to rest Thursday morning. They were two of five horses injected with a foreign corrosive substance by intruders last month.

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CHWild-Eyed And Wicked, two-time World’s Grand Champion, and Meet Prince Charming were humanely put to rest Thursday morning. They were two of five horses injected with a foreign corrosive substance by intruders last month.

Both horses took a turn for the worse over Wednesday night and were not responding to the drugs given in hopes of repairing the damage. The vets say CHWild-Eyed And Wicked and Meet Prince Charming were putting too much weight on their right front legs in trying to compensate for their injured left front leg.

The horses had been receiving treatments of medicine containing stem cells to promote growth and replace dead tissue. In addition, the use of hyperbaric chamber was forcing oxygen into tissue where the blood supply had been compromised.

"The loss ofany horseis very disheartening," said Marcia Carothers, American Saddlebred Horse Association Executive Secretary, "Our thoughts are with the owners, caretakers, and all those affectedby their passing."

The ASHA Foundation has created a fund in which individuals or organizations may designate their contributions to assist with the care and treatment of the injured American Saddlebred horses at Double D Ranch, owned by Dena and Dave Lopez, in Versailles, Kentucky, or toward the reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the individual(s) responsible for the injuries to those horses.

Donations are being accepted by the ASHAF Equine Welfare Fund and may be sent to the ASHA Foundation, ATTN: Double D Horses, 4093 Iron Works Parkway, Lexington, Kentucky, 40511, or contact the Foundation by phone, 859.259.2742, extension 324, or e-mail, aileen@asha.net. Donations should be earmarked either for the care and treatment of the horses, or to supplement the reward being offered.

The reward fund, currently established at $100,000, and additions to it are offered under the jurisdiction of USA Equestrian, Inc., the National Equestrian Federation of the United States, and are subject to the oversight of its Board of Directors and Executive Committee. To provide information concerning the attack, please contact the Kentucky State Police, Post 12, Frankfort, Kentucky, and/or call: 800.378.3463 or 502.227.2221.

Founded in 1990, the ASHA Foundation supports ASHA youth programs, veterinary research, and the continuing education of the general public about the American Saddlebred horse. The ASHA Foundation is a 501(c)3 corporation; therefore, any donation is tax deductible to the fullest extent of the law. If you are interested in making a donation, or for further information on the ASHA Foundation and its other endowments, please contact the ASHA Foundation at 4093 Iron Works Parkway, Lexington, Kentucky 40511, or 859.259.2742.

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According to Jenny Robertson, staff writer of the Herald-Leader, another of the five American Saddlebred horses attacked in their stalls last month has been euthanized. Kiss Me, a 4-year-old mare owned by Jane Burkhemper, was put down at 6 p.m. Friday, July 18 according to Bridget Parker, an associate of Dave and Dena Lopez.

USA Equestrian, a governing body of horse sports in the United States, is offering a reward for information about the attack. At least $100,000 has been pledged to the reward fund.