Neglect investigation at Kingsbarn EC results in no criminal charges

  • An investigation into equine neglect at Kingsbarn Equestrian Centre near Falkirk has been concluded — and there will be no criminal proceedings.

    Jackie Kemp, the owner of the centre, was under investigation by the Scottish SPCA after a social media campaign, entitled “Let’s stop this horse cruelty” was set up last year.

    Scottish SPCA inspectors visited her premises days after the Facebook page went live in November.

    “We can confirm that our investigation into reports of horse neglect at a premises in Falkirk has now concluded,” Scottish SPCA chief Inspector John Chisholm told H&H.

    “However, it would be inappropriate for us to discuss further information regarding our findings over the course of our investigation.”

    Ms Kemp was cleared of charges of causing unnecessary suffering to animals at a separate trial in 2013

    She denied mistreating a black mare, grey mare and bay gelding at the facility. She also faced charges of intentionally obstructing Scottish SPCA inspectors by removing horses from centre when they were trying to transfer them, but was found not guilty on both counts at Dunfermline Sheriff court on 5 November 2013.

    Last month H&H reported that showjumping shows at the centre had been reallocated, after the company that runs the centre — Jakem Ltd — was placed into provisional liquidation on 19 November. It followed a dispute between centre owner Jackie Kemp and a stakeholder.

    The company reportedly has six-figure debts, as well as owing thousands to Falkirk Council.

    Six British Showjumping shows had been reallocated to ensure showjumpers in Scotland were not at a loss.

    A spokesman from Grainger Corporate Rescue, the liquidators, told H&H they couldn’t confirm how long the process might take.

    “Hopefully as a result of the process, the centre will come out the other side and find a buyer to get it up and running again,” he added.

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