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  • Barney and McClain Ward?

    Could someone please explain to me the story of what they did/ allegedly did. Everyone talks about it but I haven't been able to ascertain what actually happened.

  • #2
    Oh boy, here we go again.....

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    • #3
      This might help you.


      http://chronicleforums.com/Forum/sho...o+reinstatment

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      • #4
        It's an old story but ... in 1995, Barney Ward, George Lindeman Jr, and a horse killer named Tommy Burns, among others, were each indicted for insurance fraud / wire fraud, involving the murder of horses for the insurance proceeds. Tommy Burns admitted to killing at least 15 horses for the insurance proceeds. George Lindemanm Jr. was convicted in connection with the death of his horse Charisma. Barney Ward was indicted in the case of 4 of the horses and he ultimately pled gulity to wire fraud. As part of his gulity plea, he admitted to conspiring to kill one of the horses and offering to pay Tommy Burns to keep quiet about all of the horses. I'm not sure what his punishment was for the wire fraud conviction but the AHSA permanently banned him from participating or attending any horse shows. In 2000, Barney Ward appealed the ban to the NY courts and the courts upheld the AHSA's right to permanently ban him.

        It should also be mentioned that another horse dealer, Richard Bailey, was indicted with Lindemann and Ward, and Bailey was convicted for arranging the murder of Helen Vorhees Brach, an heiress who owned one of the horses that was killed and who disappeared in 1977. (It was the investigation into her murder that brought the insurance fraud / horse killings to light.)

        No charges or claims were ever made against McClain. I would think that he was way too young to be involved in any of that at the time. (If he was even born yet - some it happened in the 70s.)

        There's lots of information here: http://www.negia.net/~guernica/links.html
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        • #5
          Oh God, not again .... right here at the holidays .........

          Please, please, just "Google" it, okay?

          We'll all be the better for it ....... trust me.
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          • #6
            The cat is already out of the bag I’m afraid. This is one of the stories I try to forget..... among many. Every time I hear people talk about the so-called "the good old days" I think of all the horror stories my mother has told me, that took place in the 60s and 70s!!!

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            • #7
              Thank you Julie and Buryinghill

              Yes, please just Google this. No need to dredge it all up one more time...
              Lost in wonder

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              • #8
                McLain Ward, the Olympic Gold Medalist, is one of the most hard working professional riders that I know. His winning record, on numerous horses, speaks volumes. He certainly has my respect. I love you, McLain. Keep on winning!

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                • #9
                  What was the sharp objects in the boot thing?
                  Last edited by Erin; Dec. 22, 2006, 08:06 PM.
                  Dog hair, it's whats for dinner

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                  • #10
                    Please, for the love of all that is holy...do a google search, or do a search on this BB for all the old threads on this topic. Better yet, read Hot Blood.
                    Derby Hill~The Outside Course

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                    • #11
                      Just to keep the facts clear:

                      In 1999, at Aachen, McClain Ward's horse Benetton had his boots inspected by a steward. When the horse's boots were removed, sharp plastic shards were discovered. He was asked to leave the show, and I recall hearing that he was not to come back in the future, but he has competed for the USET at Aachen since.

                      McClain has always claimed he was innocent.

                      Here's an article found on Google:
                      http://www.findarticles.com/p/articl...7/ai_n14229054
                      If you are allergic to a thing, it is best not to put that thing in your mouth, particularly if the thing is cats. - Lemony Snicket

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Cindeye View Post
                        Better yet, read Hot Blood.
                        Yes, do so. It will give you information about a LOT of people.
                        "I'm not crazy...my mother had me tested"

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                        • #13
                          Agree Google about Barney Ward;

                          McLain Ward -several years ago while in Europe - at one competition the FEI Steward asked him to stop so he and horse could be inspected. McLain claims he didn't understand the language and kept on walking - apparently he was reprimanded for that, a few shows later, steward stopped him to inpsect horse and found sharp objects in the horses boots - probably because of his attitude at the prior show (and getting off thus upsetting many European competitors) they pretty much called him out and fined him for the sharp object boot thing. He's a spectacular rider leaving many to wonder why a person of his caliber would need to resort to such things (and then of course it all comes out of the bag so you hear stuff that everyone does... like there's more to a course walk than checking the distances - like sticking stuff in the jump cups - which doesn't make sense unless you're the first to go)

                          Anyway - bottom line McLain is a fabulous rider, his father a fool to get involved w/ murderous thugs, but I remember years ago at the Washington International Horse Show witnessing a very tender moment between a father and his young son.

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                          • #14
                            Buy yourself a Christmas gift...Hot Blood, by Ken Englade is all about the Brach murder case and the horse insurance murders. Great book, very very disturbing though.

                            http://www.amazon.com/Hot-Blood-Mone...e=UTF8&s=books

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                            • #15
                              picked hot blood up from borders last night and just started reading it. im only on the 3rd chapter, and i can already tell it is my favorite book. i would highly reccomend it.

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                              • #16
                                Originally posted by Cindeye View Post
                                Please, for the love of all that is holy....
                                Gotta love it when Cindeye says that!

                                "All life is precious"
                                Sophie Scholl

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                                • #17
                                  Love McClain! Galwaybay, may i ask what the tender moment at WIHS between father and son was??
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                                  • #18
                                    Originally posted by ctjumpers View Post
                                    Love McClain! Galwaybay, may i ask what the tender moment at WIHS between father and son was??
                                    I am going to venture a guess when McLain won the Eq Finals there?
                                    "I'm not crazy...my mother had me tested"

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                                    • #19
                                      Originally posted by Giddy-up View Post
                                      I am going to venture a guess when McLain won the Eq Finals there?

                                      Could not have been recently!
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                                      • #20
                                        Originally posted by galwaybay View Post
                                        Agree Google about Barney Ward;

                                        McLain Ward -several years ago while in Europe - at one competition the FEI Steward asked him to stop so he and horse could be inspected. McLain claims he didn't understand the language and kept on walking - apparently he was reprimanded for that, a few shows later, steward stopped him to inpsect horse and found sharp objects in the horses boots - probably because of his attitude at the prior show (and getting off thus upsetting many European competitors) they pretty much called him out and fined him for the sharp object boot thing. He's a spectacular rider leaving many to wonder why a person of his caliber would need to resort to such things (and then of course it all comes out of the bag so you hear stuff that everyone does... like there's more to a course walk than checking the distances - like sticking stuff in the jump cups - which doesn't make sense unless you're the first to go)

                                        Anyway - bottom line McLain is a fabulous rider, his father a fool to get involved w/ murderous thugs, but I remember years ago at the Washington International Horse Show witnessing a very tender moment between a father and his young son.
                                        When Mclain was a toddler, Barney used to put him in front of him when he rode in for presentations. He did this many times at the indoor shows. It was really cute!

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