U.S. couple sues Kamloops women after paying $17K for pony that won't stop bucking

Bucking pony spurs lawsuit

Two Kamloops women are being sued by a California couple over the sale of a $17,000 pony that won’t stop bucking riders, court documents allege.

Tara Marcotte Lippmann and Tracy Comte are listed as defendants in a notice of claim filed last week in small claims court by Molly and Mark Newman of Temecula, Calif.

In the document, the Newmans say they paid $17,000 for a pony billed as “fully broke” and “beginner-safe.” They claim the payment went through on Jan. 4 and the horse was delivered to them in California on Jan. 13.

Two days later, the claim states, the pony bucked a rider violently, causing a concussion. Another similar incident is alleged to have taken place four days after that.

According to the notice of claim, the Newmans’ trainer then phoned Comte looking for more information. The claim alleges the trainer was told “similar behaviours” had been exhibited before the horse was sold — behaviour the Newmans contend was not disclosed prior to the sale.

The Newmans said they kept training the pony hoping the bucking would stop, but it continued. Riders were bucked from the horse on Feb. 11 and Feb. 13, the claim states.

The Newmans said they then asked for their money back. When that was refused, they said, they sent a demand letter seeking the return of the $17,000 purchase price in exchange for the horse. That was also refused.

“Claimant would never have proceeded with purchase of pony if behaviours were properly disclosed,” the claim states.

“Claimant was abundantly clear in writing that they were looking for a beginner-safe, reliable and easy to manage pony.”

The Newmans want the sale voided. They are seeking more than $23,000 in compensation to cover the purchase of the horse, transportation costs, vet bills, boarding, training and court fees.

None of the allegations in the claim have been proven in court. Lippmann and Comte will have 14 days to reply once they have been served.

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