The Rochester-area horsewoman who was supposed to buy 29 of Beth Lynne Hoskins’ 64 horses, twice said on her farm’s website that she planned to downsize her own herd.
That revelation raises questions about the deal that state Supreme Court Justice Joseph R. Glownia brokered in December for Hoskins to sell her horses, in compliance with his court order.
The SPCA and other critics of Hoskins also have questioned why Glownia allowed Jennifer Hartwell, the second-generation owner of Skyloft Morgan Farm in Scottsville, to buy Hoskins’ horses, since in mid-December she told animal welfare officials in Monroe County that she would not be buying the animals.
In the deal Glownia brokered Dec. 22, Hartwell was supposed to buy 29 of Hoskins’ horses for $50,000. Hoskins instead ordered the horses trucked from a Lockport farm, where they had been placed temporarily, back to her Aurora farm, where they were found in deplorable conditions several years ago.
After Hoskins snubbed his most recent court order, Glownia said he would appoint a receiver for the 29 horses that he ordered sold. He has scheduled a hearing for Monday morning.
The SPCA attorney pointed out inconsistent stories from Hartwell, such as telling Lollypop Farm, the Humane Society of Greater Rochester, in mid-December that she did not intend to buy 29 more horses and testifying under oath before Glownia on Dec. 22 that she would buy them.
On Hartwell’s farm website, updated Nov. 16, 2015, she said she was looking to downsize her herd. Her horses are listed for sale or lease with the option to buy as part of “a partial dispersal.”
And in April 2014, a post on the website said that after moving her horses from southern Maine to her Rochester area farm, Hartwell would be “taking a chunk of time off from breeding for a while.” At that time, she also said that the farm was looking to “significantly downsize our numbers here at the farm as I am still working towards regaining my health (my reason for moving).”
Hartwell has not returned several phone calls from The Buffalo News to comment on why she never bought Hoskins’ horses.