In a breaking story released to media on Nov. 9, a retired Thoroughbred gelding was shot at Pleasant Ridge Farm in Martinsburg, W.Va., on Friday. The 8-year-old bay horse named Tres was found seriously wounded in a farm pasture on Arden-Nollville Road at 12:30 p.m. Friday. Tres had been shot three times by an unknown offender. The bullets – two in his face and one in the stomach – resulted in critical injuries to the horse. Later on Friday afternoon, it became necessary to euthanize the injured horse according to Capt. Scott Richmond of Berkeley County Sheriff’s Department.
Tres was retired from racing and bought by Jasmin Duffy as a prospective show horse. She retrained the Thoroughbred to become her horse partner in show jumping events. Duffy had the horse for just about five years and thought of Tres as her everything horse. She says, “He meant the entire world to me.” She has been an avid rider for 11 years and has plans to go into horse-assisted therapy work once she is out of college.
Stephanie Duffy, Jasmin’s mother, says that they are certain that Tres’ shooting was not due to a hunting accident. Both the Duffys believe that Tres was the chosen target for the shooter. They also think that the horse tried desperately to get away based on the scuffed ground and the hoof prints. The shooting was a brazen act in broad daylight perpetrated against a horse that was grazing. There was not just one shot that could be attributed to an accident. Instead, there were three shots and that spells out “deliberate shooting.”
At this time, the shooting is under investigation by the Berkeley County Animal Control officers.
Richmond confirmed what is known about the horse’s shooting at this time. He said that Tres was shot sometime after he was turned out at 8 a.m., and noon, when he was discovered with wounds. The shooting took place in the horse’s pasture but other horsed turned out with him were not hurt or nearby. Richmond stated that there were no witnesses to the shooting of the horse and that an active investigation is underway.
Meanwhile Jasmin Duffy is left with a lot of questions about Tres’ shooting and, thankfully, her remaining horse, Melina, was unhurt during the incident. Both mother and daughter have decided to move away from Pleasant Ridge Farm to leave the pain of Tres’ ugly shooting behind.
Pleasant Ridge Farm is shocked by this shooting incident. Security cameras to protect the property and safeguard the rest of the horses are being installed immediately.
The public is asked to contact Berkeley County Animal Control at 304-263-4729 with any additional information.