Horse Trainers Face More Federal Charges

A federal horse soring case in southern Tennessee has been expanded, with new charges and a fourth defendant indicted.

Federal prosecutors said in a statement Tuesday that 35-year-old Paul Blackburn of Shelbyville has been charged with conspiracy along with a trio of defendants already indicted. The statement describes a horse boarding and training operation that involved cruelty violations such as placing bolts in the animals’ hoofs, injecting chemicals and applying irritants to accentuate their gait for horse shows.

Barney Davis and Jeffrey Bradford, both of Lewisburg, and Christen Altman of Shelbyville were previously indicted and are free on bond. New charges include wire fraud and money laundering.

Arraignments were not immediately set.

The statement said Davis and Altman collected payments from out-of-state clients based on false claims about the training.