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  • Tom Selleck wins $187,000 in court battle over horse

    DEL MAR, Calif. – Actor Tom Selleck has been awarded more than $187,000 after a California jury found the actor was duped into buying a lame horse.

    Selleck accused Del Mar equestrian Dolores Cuenca of trying to pass off a show horse with a medical condition as fit to ride in competitions.

    The defense had argued that Selleck didn't check the veterinarian records of the 10-year-old Zorro.

    The bulk of the San Diego County jury's award is for the price of the horse. The rest is to cover boarding costs. A second trial next week will determine how much Selleck should be paid in punitive damages.

    Selleck is best known for his role on TV's "Magnum, P.I." in the 1980s.

    http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090905/...le_tom_selleck

  • #2
    That may curtail the use of "doctoring" up a horse to assure that they pass the pre-purchase. If I'm not mistaken that was allegedly what happened and the horse quickly returned to it's former state of unsoundness. I hope it sends out the warning shot to unscrupulous dealers.

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    • #3
      Does anyone know why Tom Selleck needs a $150,000 horse?
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      • #4
        His daughter Hannah is a very accomplished rider.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by City Ponies View Post
          Does anyone know why Tom Selleck needs a $150,000 horse?
          If YOU had an easy $150,000 hanging around, wouldn't YOU "need" a $150,000 horse?

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          • #6
            I know someone with a lot of money that imported a thoroughbred from Ireland.

            Now he liked the horse, the horse liked him well enough....the horse did 2nd level dressage (not all that well, but that's the level he showed at) and the trainer (who did the showing) constantly tried to have the poor beginner rider owner try to do at least first level dressage before making sure he has an independent seat and can...you know....post at the trot....among other things.

            But hey, he came out a couple of days a week and tried his heart out on his massively expensive trail horse!

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            • #7
              I'm sure the horse was for his daughter...a competitive jumper rider.

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              • #8
                http://www.equestrianmag.com/news/ha...der-08-08.html
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                  #9
                  Further info....

                  "A 10-year-old horse is expected to have preexisting medical conditions."
                  Give me a break!
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                  VISTA: Tom Selleck testifies in show horse trial

                  Selleck family filed suit in 2006

                  Tom Selleck went to see a judge about a horse Tuesday.

                  The actor, writer and producer is best known as the fictional television sleuth Thomas Magnum from the show "Magnum, P.I.," which ran on CBS from 1980 to 1988.

                  On Tuesday, Selleck appeared in a Vista courtroom as the first witness called in a jury trial to decide whether he and his family were wronged by the sellers of a competition horse purchased for $120,000 in 2006.

                  In the civil trial's opening statements, Selleck's attorney accused Del Mar businesswoman and equestrian Dolores Cuenca of trying to pass off a show horse with a career-ending medical condition as one suitable for Selleck's 20-year-old daughter, Hannah, to ride in high-level amateur competitions.

                  The attorney, George Knopfler, told the jury that seller Cuenca knew "Zorro" suffered from lameness in the years she owned him.

                  Knopfler said Cuenca and her trainers spent a few years showing the horse to make it attractive for sale. Frequent steroid injections to make the horse appear healthier were part of the alleged ruse, he said. Within weeks of receiving Zorro, the Sellecks discovered Zorro's lameness, Knopfler said.

                  "This case is really about greed, deception and arrogance," Knopfler said.

                  But defense attorney Robert Scapa said steroid injections are par for the course in competitive riding ---- not evidence of deception by Cuenca.

                  He said Selleck and his wife, Jillie Mack-Selleck, didn't do their homework prior to the sale, including checking the veterinarian records of the 10-year-old Zorro.

                  "If she had just done the bare minimum, if she had just talked to her veterinarian, she never would have bought the horse," Scape said of Mack-Selleck. "A 10-year-old horse is expected to have preexisting medical conditions."

                  Tom Selleck is one of several witnesses in the trial in which the Sellecks are seeking unspecified damages. The case could be in court for up to two weeks.

                  His early testimony drew several objections from the defense attorney, who said Selleck's explanations of his history with horses went beyond the scope of questioning.

                  "I haven't testified in court ---- except in the movies," Selleck said in response to a question from his attorney shortly after taking the stand.

                  At one point, Selleck commented from the stand that his answer was relevant.

                  Some of the objections were sustained by Superior Court Judge Robert Dahlquist who, after a 15-minute break, asked Selleck to be more "direct" in his answers.

                  Selleck said that he got his first real taste of riding during preparations to shoot the 1979 Western film "The Sacketts."

                  Though he owns horses and lauded his daughter's riding accomplishments, he did not portray himself as a sophisticated horseman.

                  "We have a three-stable barn, a 29-year-old pony and a very old movie horse," he said.


                  http://www.nctimes.com/news/local/sd...6a936c1f4.html

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                  • #10
                    What happened to Zorro? Is he the third horse living at the Sellecks? I hope they gave him a decent retirement.

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                    • #11
                      *waaaaahhh sob* I want celebrity parents!
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                      • #12
                        Thank God for Tom Selleck and others like him. Maybe POS "trainers" like this Cuenca cow will think twice about trying to screw people over, if they're made to take responsibility for their fraudulent behaviour.
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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Cita View Post
                          If YOU had an easy $150,000 hanging around, wouldn't YOU "need" a $150,000 horse?
                          Hannah Selleck has been a fixture on the AA circuit for a long time,..........along with Jessica Springsteen and Teddi Jo Mellencamp. Just because someone has celebrity parents, does not give every pissant horse trader a license to screw them over by selling them a lame horse. Thankfully, Tom Selleck has the means to get people like this thrown in jail - where they belong.
                          In loving memory of Laura Jahnke.
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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by lolalola View Post
                            What happened to Zorro? Is he the third horse living at the Sellecks? I hope they gave him a decent retirement.
                            If he got the judgement wouldn't the horse have gone back to the original owner?

                            Anyone know which old movie horse that is?
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                            • #15
                              Probably one from "The Sacketts" or "Quigley Down Under" or any number of films where TS had to ride a horse - and they were legion. Hannah comes by her talent honestly, IMO.
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                              • #16
                                Tom is a lovely rider too judging by the movies I've seen him riding in. Looks comfy and relaxed on his horses in the movies and doesn't have that white knuckled rein grip and that facial expression that says, "Where the hell is my stunt double?"
                                Good for Tom...a career ending lameness is a hella lot different than maintenance injections. And if the horse was owned by the seller for a while who knew *why* the horse was getting the injections then it's legally liable for the seller to disclose this fact. That's not one of those things you don't have to disclose as long as the buyer never asks.
                                And while $150k sounds like a buttload of money to most of us...that's a pretty average/unremarkable price for a top level show horse.
                                The equine sales industry needs this type of attention on some of it's "common illegal but shrugged off" practices.
                                Now if only a well known celebrity would go after the double dipping commission scam crap that goes on.
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                                • #17
                                  This is amusing from that both lawyers have wives who are active in training and horse sales. I remember hearing an anonymous vet describe the measures taken to get this horse to pass the prepurchase , they seemed to be pretty extraordinary and I know there are many more questions asked before a prepurchase because of this example. No one wants to look foolish or unprofessional when testing an animal for the intended use but it does seem that the jury agreed that presenting a horse that had multiple injections of steroids to cover some existing problems just prior to the vetting is not ethical.

                                  FWIW many horses cost that amount of money whether your father is a celebrity or not. Hannah has worked very hard to ride horses of that caliber and certainly no one cares who's daughter she is when she is in the ring, the courses are just as difficult and the jumps fall down the same for everyone.

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                                  • #18
                                    FWIW many horses cost that amount of money whether your father is a celebrity or not. Hannah has worked very hard to ride horses of that caliber and certainly no one cares who's daughter she is when she is in the ring, the courses are just as difficult and the jumps fall down the same for everyone.
                                    Very true. I grew up riding and showing in CT, often seeing Clea Newman and her father Paul at most of the shows. Paul Newman was a pretty famous guy, CT isn't overly know for having visible movie stars around. (although we have quite a few who live here, you don't see them often) And at the shows, Paul Newman and his daughter Clea weren't any different from anyone else. Nobody made a fuss over either one and Mr Newman was *very* supportive of all riders, often cheering people on he didn't even know if they were having a great round. Clea acted like every other young rider there and said once that one of her favorite things about showing was that she was "Clea the horse rider" and not "Paul Newman's daughter." She had a lovely seat and soft hands too. I think his other two daughters rode also, but Clea was the one who was really into it.
                                    You jump in the saddle,
                                    Hold onto the bridle!
                                    Jump in the line!
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                                    • #19
                                      So where was the Selleck's trainer in this horse deal? Sounds like some expertise and due dilligence was needed.

                                      ( I took a look at the show schedule of Karen Healey Stables - geez louise! )
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                                      • #20
                                        Originally posted by ESG View Post
                                        Hannah Selleck has been a fixture on the AA circuit for a long time,..........along with Jessica Springsteen and Teddi Jo Mellencamp. Just because someone has celebrity parents, does not give every pissant horse trader a license to screw them over by selling them a lame horse. Thankfully, Tom Selleck has the means to get people like this thrown in jail - where they belong.

                                        Um, THAT!

                                        What does it matter if the parents are celebs? There are PLENTY of other people out there with similar bank accounts that NOT one of us has ever heard of. Besides seeing thier names in the COTH results. They also spend similar amounts to provide thier kids and themselves with high quality, well broke horses.

                                        You *do* realize that hi 5 thru low 6 figures is not that bizarre, right? Maybe million dollar horses are not as prevalent on the market, but you don't actually think the RIDERs paid *that* kind of cash, right?? The Kamine's come to mind.... These lovely people who choose to spend thier spare cash on horsies for *other* people to ride and show aren't snapping up "Canter Cuties" for $1k. In polo we call those folks "patrons", for good reason. Thier "patronage" of these sports keep the ball rolling.

                                        Good for him. He got rooked and took the crooked trainer to task.

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