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Lady Forbes’ horses stay temporarily with Kürten after court decision

Monday, 07 March 2011

Jessica Kürten will keep Lady Forbes' horses until there is a financial court decision. Photo by Dirk Caremans/FEI. It is reported that the Regional Court of Duisburg has rejected an application for a temporary injunction to return Lady Georgina Forbes’ horses from Jessica Kürten.

The conflict between Lady Forbes and Kürten has been official since January; Jessica broke the news herself when she announced that she would no longer compete the Castle Forbes’ horses. A statement from Lady Forbes quickly followed, saying that Kürten refused to surrender Lady Forbes’ horses and that Lady Forbes as consequence was forced to seek legal support in Germany. In the statement it was also said that a temporary injunction was pending.

According to the Regional Court of Duisburg has now rejected the temporary injunction to return the horses and has transmitted the reasons for judgments in writing to both parties on February 28. Both parties were already informed of this decision at a court hearing on January 19.


In a statement Kürten says; "The court ruling is following the argumentation of the rider that until the main proceedings, in the course of which all the different claims between the parties have to be clarified, the horses should remain with the rider.”

"The Court does not see imperative reasons to return the horses before the financial court decision. There is also no indication that the horses are not kept well and are not thoroughly looked after. The owner has prohibited to present the horses at showjumping and thus is responsible for this fact and not the rider. The financial shortcomings affect both parties and the court regards it as reasonable for Lady Forbes that the horses remain in the care of Jessica Kürten until the final court ruling."

"I hope, that we will be able now to find common ground, to come to a final solution soon in order to minimize the disadvantages in regard to the sport and in regard to the financial deficits for all parties concerned," Kürten says, continuing "Especially because of the long-term cooperation I wish for an open and respectful dialogue."


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