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Court action on equestrian center delayed

LISBON — An injunction and restraining order requested by the Columbiana County Board of Health preventing Treharne’s Training Center from holding equestrian events remained in effect on Monday following a brief telephone conference with Common Pleas Court Judge Scott Washam.

Following the Monday afternoon telephone conference with the attorney for the Board of Health, Krista Peddicord, and Lynn Maro, the attorney for the business’ owner David Treharne, Washam indicated the two sides are hopeful for a quick resolution.

Both sides are anticipating a new order from Governor Mike DeWine, allowing for the return of operating a businesses like Treharne’s Training Center could be coming soon. In the event that occurs, the board order which effectively stopped operation of barrel racing and other events at the facility would be lifted.

Washam said the two sides seemed to believe if there is no new governor’s order, they could fashion some type of an agreement to resolve the issue and asked Washam for a continuance. The next telephone conference if no new orders are issued by the governor is scheduled for 11:45 a.m., Friday.

The Columbiana County Board of Health had requested the order on May 6 on a day Treharne’s Training Center was advertising another barrel racing event at the equestrian center on Fredericktown-Clarkson Road south of Negley later that night. The county health department contends the events, which were bringing in people from around the area and out of state, violated the Stay Safe Ohio order from DeWine and Dr. Amy Acton.

However, despite warnings on prior weeks from the health department, Treharne had continued to hold the events because he needed the money those events generates to continue feeding and caring for the horses on his property. He further believed those attending were able to participate without being in close contact with each other.

djohnson@mojonews.com

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