12 Jul PERSBERICHT/PRESS RELEASE
In the court case of my abused top dressage horse U2, Lonneke Engel vs Academy Bartels, Imke Schellekens-Bartels, Tineke Bartels & Mischa Koot, I have released the following statement through my attorney:
English translation (not verified, Dutch version is leading):
PRESS RELEASE 12 JULY 2018
PUNT & VAN HAPERT ATTORNEYS AT LAW
PROCEDURE LONNEKE ENGEL VS. ACADEMY BARTELS et al.
The Den Bosch Court of Appeal has ruled today in the proceedings between international top model Lonneke Engel (owner of the dressage horse U2) and her former dressage stables Academy Bartels et al. The Court finds it too early to hear a valuer for the amount of the damage at this point in the proceedings. Recently the expert appointed by the Court of Appeal Prof. dr. Brama had already established, after his own clinical investigation, and on the basis of X-rays, that U2 had suffered injury in the mouth caused by repeated pressure of bit /snaffle-curb combinations. It is certain that the injury to U2 is severe and permanent. Furthermore, the expert had already found that the injury had arisen in the period that U2 was under the care of Academy Bartels. Finally, the expert had already concluded that the medical reporting of Academy Bartels with regard to U2 was not professional. These hard medical conclusions give reason to continue the Appeal procedures successfully. Focus now is the amount of the financial damage to U2 and the compensation to be paid by Academy Bartels et al.
Huib van Hapert (Punt & Van Hapert Advocaten)
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I started this case to uncover the truth of what happened to U2, and to expose the physical and mental injuries that certain training methods for sport horses apparently can cause. All money I will win will go to the care of my horses, and to helping other animals as well. That was always the goal, and still is.