A Surrey woman has pleaded guilty today for breaching a ban on keeping horses for a third time.

Delia Stacey, who already has a suspended jail sentence for mistreating horses is being prosecuted by the RSPCA for breaching her ban on keeping horses for a third time.

Stacey, 37, of Pepperbox Stud, Bramley, near Guildford appeared in Magistrates Court in Guildford today charged with breaching her disqualification order and failing to meet the needs of her horse, under Section 9 of the Animal Welfare Act.

She pleaded guilty to the first charge but not guilty to failing to meet the needs of her horse. The court adjourned to review the case prior to trial.

Ms Stacey was found guilty of mistreating horses in 2006 when a pregnant mare in her care starved to death, despite tons of hay being a matter of metres away in an adjoining field.

She is currently serving a three-year ban on keeping horses, has a 56-day suspended sentence, was ordered to do 120 hours community service and was fined £9,000.

Her partner in Pepperbox Stud, disgraced former pony club instructor Carl Dickers, 50, was found guilty of mistreating horses and banned from keeping them for seven years in 2000.