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McConnell out on bond; training limited

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Walking Horse trainer Jackie McConnell of Collierville will remain free on bond but will not be allowed to train any horses he doesn't own.

McConnell and three associates have been charged with conspiracy to violate the Horse Protection Act by transporting and showing horses they knew to be "sored" and also falsifying entry forms and paperwork. Earlier this month, agents with the U.S. Department of Agriculture raided McConnell's Whitter Stables in west Tennessee, taking eight of 28 horses.

Restrictions on McConnell were negotiated by attorneys for both sides Friday, with the trainer and the government each picking a veterinarian to inspect his horses each week. Investigators would also have to obtain a warrant or have probable cause to search his property.

"As far as Mr. McConnell knows, no owner of any horse has ever complained about Mr. McConnell's care of a horse," said his attorneys, Hugh Moore and Tom Greenholtz, in court documents. "In this case, no owner has complained that Mr. McConnell has mistreated or injured the owner's horse, in any way."