Temporary Restraining Order Placed On Ohio Equine Facility

A temporary restraining order has been placed on an equine facility in Negley, Ohio, after the Columbiana County Board of Health was made aware of equestrian events being held on the premise, despite orders in place to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus. David Treharne, the trainer who operates out of the farm, had been notified by mail of his failure to follow the Stay Safe Ohio order, but continued to host events.

Operating as Treharne Training Center, the country health department was made aware of events held on the property beginning in mid-April. Sheriff’s deputies were also sent to warn Treharne that he was breaking an order. The violation of the order is a second-degree misdemeanor that carries a fine of up to $750 and 90 days in jail.

Some complaints alleged Treharne had nearly 200 people from Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia at the indoor facility to participate in and watch barrel racing, team penning and other activities. Treharne says that at the last show, he had 18 trailers on the property and people stayed at the trailers until they went indoors to show.

Treharne also boards horses at the facility and notes that being unable to feed the horses in his care becomes a real threat if he can’t make money by hosting events. He was required by the order to cancel his events set for Wednesday and Saturday, and notify people on the facility’s Facebook page. Treharne worries about how he will pay his bills, including feed, hay and insurance, without hosting the events.

The Department of Health Director Dr. Amy Acton notes that indoor sports facilities are to remain closed and that gatherings of more than 10 people are prohibited to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

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