Attorney Bonnie Navin, part of the legal team representing Kelley Farmer and Larry Glefke, has responded to the recent ruling by the arbitrator in the case allowing Farmer and Glefke to return to competition in USEF sanctioned horse shows. Farmer and Glefke have been suspended from competition since July 1, 2017 and February 1, 2017, respectively. Farmer and Glefke are now members in good standing of the USEF and allowed to compete in horse shows pending the outcome of their scheduled hearing in February, 2018.
The Plaid Horse contacted Ms. Navin to obtain her response to USEF’s press release. Ms. Navin noted that the USEF’s statement failed to report the portion of the arbitrator’s ruling in which he opined that Farmer and Glefke are likely to prevail on the merits of their case at the February, 2018 arbitration. As such, he believed they should return to the show ring immediately. Ms. Navin noted that the USEF requested of the arbitrator to order confidentiality of the entire proceeding and Navin argued in favor of an open proceeding so that the membership would be able to follow the evidence collected. The arbitrator today ruled for confidentiality, although Navin states that he may change that ruling should the membership seek an open proceeding. The arbitrator encouraged the parties to work together pertaining to confidentiality.