Legal battle erupts at Falkirk equestrian centre

Kingsbarn Equestrian Centre has been placed in provisional receivership. Picture: Michael Gillen (142063)
Kingsbarn Equestrian Centre has been placed in provisional receivership. Picture: Michael Gillen (142063)

An equestrian centre at the centre of an animal cruelty storm has gone into receivership amidst a bitter legal wrangle.

Kingsbarn in Westershieldhill has been placed in provisional receivership after an investor applied for the order due to alleged debts, a source told The Falkirk Herald this week.

The centre in the Braes has been in the midst of controversy over the last few weeks over allegations of cruelty to horses by one of the owners, Jackie Kemp.

She has denied any wrongdoing and is fighting the receivership order.

She said the centre is not in serious debt and was even valued at £1.8 million recently as she considered a buyout of her share for £500,000 to Craig Fallon, who has invested money in the business.

Miss Kemp said: “The court has granted provisional receivership but I am fighting this. There will be a hearing this week with a possible resolution then or next week.”

Treatment of the animals has been in question since a Facebook page called ‘Let’s stop this animal cruelty’ appeared online earlier this month which accused Miss Kemp of mistreating animals – allegations she has strongly denied.

A spokeswoman for the Scottish Society for the Protection of Cruelty to Animals (SSPCA) said officers are still investigating the claims.

The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) ordered centre staff to remove the remains of a horse, discovered buried in a neighbouring field, because of its proximity to a water course.