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  • #41
    Hey Don! Whom is Elite Equestrian? Thought that was you aka owners of the 3 horses suspended along with you? Looks like "YOU" didn't pay your bills at Thermal! I wanna say you we're boarding the grey horse In Thermal next door at the Polo place and he had a lock and chain on his stall? Was that him? Oh for no payment there also? Not accusing you of anything just asking?! Would love to hear and not just a re-post of your original post!

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    • #42
      Certified???

      Originally posted by Kadenz View Post
      Buuuuuttt, you guyyssss, he's

      CERTIFIED BY THE UNITED STATES HUNTER JUMPER ASSOCIATION !


      Come now, isn't THAT a ringing endorsement!?!
      Funny, he doesn't seem to be listed as a certified trainer on the USHJA website.
      http://www.ushja.org/programs/tcp/tcp_directory.aspx

      This is quite an interesting claim for Slaughter to be making on his website since part of the extensive process of becoming certified is to have at least 3 other certified professionals whom are familiar with your abilities write recommendations to the association.
      http://www.ushja.org/programs/tcp/tcp_apply2.aspx

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      • #43
        ^Yes, he is.. if you look on the directory, he is listed right after Torri Siegel Dragos.

        Not that I'm otherwise participating in this thread, since I know none of the parties involved (including the trainer), but just saying he does appear to be certified.
        http://www.youtube.com/user/supershorty628
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        • #44
          Originally posted by supershorty628 View Post
          ^Yes, he is.. if you look on the directory, he is listed right after Torri Siegel Dragos.

          Not that I'm otherwise participating in this thread, since I know none of the parties involved (including the trainer), but just saying he does appear to be certified.


          I suppose I just assumed he & Equisport were suspended in the USHJA as well since there is a current USEF suspension which has an effective date of 08/22/12 with no end date:
          http://www.usef.org/_IFrames/Searche...orResults.aspx

          (www.ushja.org/programs/tcp/tcp_faq.aspx)
          "If an individual is suspended by the USEF, that individual's USHJA Trainer Certification or Provisional status will be suspended for the same time period. Upon completion of the USEF suspension period, the individual's USHJA Trainer Certification will be reinstated, absent good cause to the contrary. Reinstatement of the individual's USHJA Trainer Certification remains at the sole discretion of the USHJA."

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          • #45
            DON SLAUGHTER OF EQUISPORT INTERNATIONAL

            July 21, 2008 I purchased a horse from Mr. Slaughter for $20,000.00. Before buying the Holsteiner/TB I paid for a pre-purchase vet check and there was nothing in the vet check that gave me cause for concern so I did not request a reduction in the purchase price. The agent who showed me the horse was named Donald Slaughter and he is the one who to whom I paid the purchase price. He told me he was the trainer representing the horse for the owner. Don Slaughter told me that if I ever saw the owner at a horse show or anywhere else, I should not discuss with her the purchase price of the horse. I found this strange but did not want to confront him about it. After quite a bit of time went buy I still did not receive the registration papers for the horse and I questioned Don Slaughter about it. He gave me one excuse after another as to why the papers had not yet arrived. Finally, I decided to contact the owner directly to ask her why she had not yet provided me with the horse's registration papers. The owner of the horse told me she was waiting to see the horse’s vet report and Don had yet to provide it to her. I told the owner there was nothing wrong with the vet report and that is when I learned from her that Don Slaughter told her that I was only willing to pay $14,000.00 for the horse NOT $20,000.00 as agreed because of the vet check findings. The owner of the horse within the statute of limitations took Mr. Slaughter to small claims court and she was awarded the additional monies owed to her. This is in fact public record. Mr. Slaughter has not paid a penny towards restitution. I am saddened that this industry and the many outstanding professionals have turn a blind eye to such a dishonest person. I am even more saddened that the show fees and costly memberships to the various federations we shell out to each year don't protect us from people like Don Slaughter either. Although U.S.E.F has no problem protecting themselves by suspending him for not paying his show fees. Whatever happened to morality, ethics, honor? Once he reconciles his bill they will reinstate him and he will be back for the next shake down if he is not already in the middle of one as I am writing this.

            Cheer's to you Mr. Slaughter

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            • #46
              Originally posted by Cheer's View Post
              July 21, 2008 I purchased a horse from Mr. Slaughter for $20,000.00. Before buying the Holsteiner/TB I paid for a pre-purchase vet check and there was nothing in the vet check that gave me cause for concern so I did not request a reduction in the purchase price. The agent who showed me the horse was named Donald Slaughter and he is the one who to whom I paid the purchase price. He told me he was the trainer representing the horse for the owner. Don Slaughter told me that if I ever saw the owner at a horse show or anywhere else, I should not discuss with her the purchase price of the horse. I found this strange but did not want to confront him about it. After quite a bit of time went buy I still did not receive the registration papers for the horse and I questioned Don Slaughter about it. He gave me one excuse after another as to why the papers had not yet arrived. Finally, I decided to contact the owner directly to ask her why she had not yet provided me with the horse's registration papers. The owner of the horse told me she was waiting to see the horse’s vet report and Don had yet to provide it to her. I told the owner there was nothing wrong with the vet report and that is when I learned from her that Don Slaughter told her that I was only willing to pay $14,000.00 for the horse NOT $20,000.00 as agreed because of the vet check findings. The owner of the horse within the statute of limitations took Mr. Slaughter to small claims court and she was awarded the additional monies owed to her. This is in fact public record. Mr. Slaughter has not paid a penny towards restitution. I am saddened that this industry and the many outstanding professionals have turn a blind eye to such a dishonest person. I am even more saddened that the show fees and costly memberships to the various federations we shell out to each year don't protect us from people like Don Slaughter either. Although U.S.E.F has no problem protecting themselves by suspending him for not paying his show fees. Whatever happened to morality, ethics, honor? Once he reconciles his bill they will reinstate him and he will be back for the next shake down if he is not already in the middle of one as I am writing this.

              Cheer's to you Mr. Slaughter
              What a nightmare!

              You are doing all that you can to protect others, by posting here. Unfortunately there is really no other way to protect yourself from dubious horse people.
              Thanks for sharing your experience. At least 5000+ people have seen this thread and are now aware of Don Slaughter, Equisport International's history and can now avoid him and caution others to do the same.
              Last edited by skydy; Oct. 1, 2012, 02:38 PM. Reason: To remove weird commas

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              • #47
                Bump.:

                Over 7,000 have viewed this thread. (Over 7,000 now know to beware).

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                • #48
                  Originally posted by Cheer's View Post
                  I am even more saddened that the show fees and costly memberships to the various federations we shell out to each year don't protect us from people like Don Slaughter either. Although U.S.E.F has no problem protecting themselves by suspending him for not paying his show fees. Whatever happened to morality, ethics, honor?
                  Yikes. Here it is again. Just change Don Slaughter's name in the above post to Jill Burnell of Gray Fox Farms (stallions Redwine, Romantic Star, etc) and it's the same lament, same sense of disappointment with USEF.

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                  • #49
                    Originally posted by two sticks View Post
                    Majority of post removed due to emails received.



                    Don does not have a good reputation in this area, and I would not do business with him. A vet friend of mine is owed a pile of $$$$$ by him.
                    Humm.... My farrier was here today and guess what? He said that Don Slaughter owed him for one horse and Don owes his partner a lot more than that. Looks like they will have to take a number. I don't see Don Slaughter listed under the USHJA Trainer Certification like it says on his website. Can someone send me the link?

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                    • #50
                      He stiffed our charity show TWICE

                      the first time a few years ago his checks in the amount of about $1500 bounced. The show secretary notified USEF and he had a hold placed until he paid up. The second show in 2011 he preregistered for a bunch of stalls and then no-showed, costing us revenue for stalls we could have otherwise sold to someone else since we had many requests. He got out of that with what to me sounded like a bogus story of how he had been taken to the hospital after a car accident. He managed to convince the show secretary, though, so we didn't get to go after him this time. Our board does NOT want him back as a customer. Thankfully, his recent problems kept him from showing up at our 2012 show.

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                      • #51
                        Oh, and I forgot to mention

                        that during the first show I saw him take a crop to the head of a horse that had acted up on him in the warmup ring. The show steward should have, IMHO, expelled him, but she just gave him a warning that any more abusive behavior would result in getting kicked off the show grounds. I wouldn't let this man anywhere near my horse.

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                        • #52
                          Here is the P.M. from Mr. Slaughter, sent to me. I post it only because his statement to me was false. He has apparently NOT "tendered payment" to USEF since he is still on the suspension list.

                          ETA: Sorry ,link will not work since I linked to P.M. which is "not done", should have known that.. Anyway, Mr. Slaughter, in his P.M. to me,stated that USEF unfairly held him responsible for the financial aspect of his show expenses and that he had "tendered payment" to USEF. Hmm.. Mr. Slaughter you seem to think that I just fell off the turnip truck..you are still suspended ,guess you haven't "tendered payment".
                          Last edited by skydy; Oct. 4, 2012, 02:37 AM.

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                          • #53
                            I appreciate threads like this. I think there's a lot of shady stuff that goes down in the horse industry...sadly and appreciate the heads up to stay away from people like this.

                            I wouldn't go near Don Slaughter with a ten foot pole.

                            --social media viewer

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                            • #54
                              Boy am I ever glad that a) I'm not in his zone; b) Left the show world behind a long time ago; and c) there's COTH to show me just what I'm not missing.
                              Last edited by ChocoMare; Oct. 29, 2013, 11:36 AM.
                              <>< Sorrow Looks Back. Worry Looks Around. Faith Looks Up! -- Being negative only makes a difficult journey more difficult. You may be given a cactus, but you don't have to sit on it.

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                              • #55
                                He has a lot of company around SoCal, IMO.
                                A helmet saved my life.

                                2017 goal: learn to ride like TheHorseProblem, er, a barn rat!

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                                • #56
                                  Originally posted by Jumper_SoCal
                                  Apparently, I'm making up user names to post on here, lol! Oh and I'm also paying people to make up stories about him!! Funny as everyone has come forward to me or been willing to talk, in fact 3 people last week alone emailed me!!
                                  I was also dupped by Mr. Slaughter in 2010. My horse went to him because he said he had a buyer and that the buyer would pay his board while staying with Don for the month. I unfortunately had just moved out of state. He told me he had many buyers so I decided to keep my horse with him for a few months.

                                  Long story short and 4 months later when I decided to move my horse with me, he came up with completely made up invoices, including extra supplements, 'additional feeding' (whatever that means), injections I did not know about or approve. He also tried to get me to pay for him and my horse to go to Thermal - thank god I didn't agree to do that because it sounds like my horse would have never made it to Thermal, as Don would pocket the money for sure.

                                  You can't confront him about his lies because he lies about the lies and obviously has been doing this for a long time because he makes you believe his lies. He also bullied me into signing an agreement to pay off the $8,000+ monthly. I agreed because he was holding my horse hostage. I paid one month of the agreement, sent someone to get my horse and shipped him to me the very next day.

                                  Mr. Slaughter continued to harass me about paying him, called my place of employment, home, cel and finally when he realized I wasn't going to pay him a cent, he called a collection agency. To this day, I have not paid him anything else. Oh and when my horse arrived, he had horrible wither sores.

                                  I can go into greater detail about this man, but I think everyone gets the story from the numerous other stories.

                                  This is a bad man, that gives the horse/horse trainers a horrible name - STAY AWAY FROM HIM and don't let him take your horse!!

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                                  • #57
                                    Fun reading! Wish it was late enough for a bottle of wine. I don't know anything about this guy, not being in the h/j world, but there are always "trainers" like him around in lots of disciplines. I think they should all be "outed".

                                    I just thought I'd point out the BBB standards, such as they are. When we opened a home business, we looked into it - you pay them money, you get listed - this is from their website (bolding is mine):

                                    About BBB Accreditation

                                    If a business has been accredited by the BBB, it means*BBB has determined that the business meets accreditation standards which include a commitment to make a good faith effort to resolve any consumer complaints. BBB accredited businesses pay a fee for accreditation review/monitoring and for support of BBB services to the public.

                                    BBB Code of Business Practices*represents standards for business accreditation by BBB.*Businesses based in the United States and Canada that meet these standards and complete all application procedures will be accredited by BBB.**The Code is built on the BBB Standards for Trust, eight principles that summarize important elements of creating and maintaining trust in business.**

BBB accreditation does not mean that the business’ products or services have been evaluated or endorsed by*BBB, or that BBB has made a determination as to the business’ product quality or competency in performing services.

                                    Businesses are under no obligation to seek BBB accreditation, and some businesses are not accredited because they have not sought BBB accreditation.

                                    http://www.bbb.org/us/Business-Accreditation-Standards/

                                    So anyone can join - the BBB really doesn't check out businesses unless a complaint is filed & even then nothing really happens. Wikipedia has a ton on the organization; many people think they're a government organization, but they're not.

                                    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BetterBusinessBureau

                                    Having filed a complaint against a car repair place once, we also learned they don't even read their mail - we never heard anything from them & the rating never changed.
                                    suze
                                    http://www.cafepress.com/horses_by_hawk

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                                    • #58
                                      I wonder if his house guests will start posting soon?

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                                      • #59
                                        We should start a "naughty trainer" page where we can post the names of these bad people along with links to the associated forum threads and keep as a pinned topic.

                                        That would make it very easy for potential clients to research and investigate these dubious individuals.

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                                        • #60
                                          Don Slaughter!!He's nothing to Jacqui Grand at Oakridge Farm in Escondido CA

                                          I had dealt with Don for several years selling him bedding for his horse, I spent more time talk to the District Attorney than I care to say trying to recover money from bounced checks. The only one worse than him is Jacqui Grand of Oakridge Farm in Escondido, she owes me thousands of dollars and all I get is the same old song and dance from her about how she will make good next..then next week...then next week. What is it that people who are just making it in the horse business feel that they have such a sense of entitlement that everyone else should pay for their pleasures?

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