At Least He Starved His OWN Horses More than the Boarders Horses?
June 8, 2011 § 34 Comments
Jason Ashley, from Ludowici, Georgia, Briarwood Stables off of Stafford Dairy Road, starved 18 horses at his unlicensed “training and boarding” facility.
Jason apparently owned a few of the horses, and those were the most neglected. They were a body score of 1-2. The rest of the horses, the boarders horses, were slightly better, at maybe a 2-3.
Jason Ashley, the stable operator and owner of the three horses in the worst shape…
Oh, did I mention Jason is apparently on parole for something?
…was taken into custody on a probation violation out of Hinesville.
Hmm, lets see if I can find out what he’s got priors for… Aaaand of course, I can’t find anything. Can anyone else look up what his prior arrest and conviction were for? The only thing I could find was a Jason Ashley who was arrested in Florida for driving without a license, and then failure to appear. I’m not sure if it’s the same guy, since there’s no mug shot available, but I do know this horse-starving Jason Ashley went to school in Florida and lived there for a time.
Melinda Massey had three of her horses at the farm. She questioned the caretaker about a month ago when she noticed some of the horses looked thin.
“He said all of th[ese] horses were rescue and that the reason they were malnourished,” said Massey.
Ah. Right. The “they’re rescues” excuse. Except… they weren’t (of course).
Massey, like many of the other horse owners, paid Ashley hundreds of dollars each month to pay for food. Now she wonders where that money was really going.
He must not have been making enough money between the boarding and the lessons he offered:
Academy Show Horse Training
$650- Includes 2 Lessons a week
Adititonal (sic) Lessons May Be Purchased at
PS: I love how he’s too cheap to pay the photographer for the photos of his assistant riding in a show!
So Lets Review…
Running an unlicensed boarding and training facility, locking horses into box stalls, starving and neglecting them, and apparently “leaving them for dead”… that makes you asshole barn owner of the year.
It turns out Briarwood Stables was not certified by the Department of Agriculture to care for horses.
“Our horse was here for three weeks and lost 300 lbs.,” said Massey.
Can you imagine those poor horses, no water, no hay… but staring out over the fence at this:
If you want to watch the news video, I couldn’t embed it – please click here.
While he has been arrested, due to the fact that no horses actually died, Jason Ashley is only charged with one count misdemeanor animal cruelty. For starving 18 horses.
Deputies are charging his assistant, Curtis Austell, with being party to the crime of animal cruelty.
Did I mention Jason Ashley is also listed on the Horse Gazette as a judge? I wonder if he likes ’em skinny…
Worse Thing Yet
But it gets worse… he’s a fucking vet tech. He says he graduated from Florida International University.