Forbes horses remain with Jessica Kürten, for now

March 7, 2011

The spat between Irish showjumper Jessica Kürten and her top owner Lady Georgina Forbes has been taken to another level, with a court rejecting an application for a temporary injunction to return the horses.

Castle Forbes Libertina and Jessica Kürten. © Lulu Kyriacou
In January, Lady Forbes said in a statement that her horses are to no longer compete and they are to be returned to her.

The issue stems from a financial matter, with a statement from Kürten today saying that both parties "have different point of views how financial claims between themselves and in regard to third parties can be settled."

In January, a spokesman said: "First of all there are financial commitments which need to be cleared up between the owner and Kürten, as well as third parties. There are diverse details, also for the German tax authorities, which need to be sorted out due to the fact that Lady Georgina Forbes is Irish and lives in Switzerland."

The Regional Court of Duisburg has rejected the temporary injunction to return the horses and has transmitted the reasons for judgments in writing to both parties on February 28. Both parties were already informed of this decision at a court hearing on January 19. "The court ruling is following the argumentation of the rider, that until the main proceedings, in the course of which all the different claims between the parties have to be clarified, the horses should remain with the rider, Kürten's statement said.

"The Court does not see imperative reasons to return the horses before the financial court decision. There is also no indication that the horses are not kept well and are not thoroughly looked after. The owner has prohibited to present the horses at show jumping and thus is responsible for this fact and not the rider. The financial shortcomings affect both parties and the court regards it as reasonable for Lady Forbes, that the horses remain in the care of Jessica Kürten until the final court ruling."

An inspection of the horses and Kürten's premises on February 2 and a medical examination of the horses showed blood tests were "impeccable" and the veterinarians of both parties agreed.

"I hope, that we will be able now to find common ground, to come to a final solution soon in order to minimize the disadvantages in regard to the sport and in regard to the financial deficits for all parties concerned," Kürten said.

"Especially because of the long-term cooperation I wish for an open and respectful dialogue."