Reward grows for Palmetto show horse killer

Phedras de Blondel’s owner shows News Channel 8 where the horse was killed. A reward in the case has reached $50,000.

PALMETTO, FL (WFLA) – Horses are still being cared for at the Imperial Farms Equestrian center in Palmetto, a week after an expensive show horse was tortured and slaughtered on the grounds in the middle of the night.

Since then, workers have been installing new night vision cameras to keep an eye on the other horses in the stables, and that’s just the beginning.

Steve Stephens the owner of Imperial Farms said, “there will be a laser light that you wont even be able to walk into a horses stall without setting an alarm, you will not be able to walk a horse out of the stall and get them out of the barn.”

The 12-year-old show horse was led from a barn and into a nearby wooded area, where it was butchered.

File Photo: Horse barn
File Photo: Horse barn

People in and out of the horse industry have since helped create a reward fund, that’s grown to more than 50 thousand dollars.

Stephens added, “somebody out there knows somebody that either does it, has done it, or is doing it and you get a big enough of a reward and greed is going to come into the picture and somebody is probably going to get turned in.”

It’s believed the killers targeted the larger than a normal-sized horse for its meat, not knowing its real value, more than two-hundred thousand dollars.

But it wasn’t insured.

Stephens went on to say, “in a way were are glad he wasn’t insured so that anybody could accused anybody of that that was done for insurance purposes, it was not.”

While other steps are being taken to prevent this from happening again, the owners of the equestrian center just want the culprits caught. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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