Arkansas Trainer Charged With Animal Cruelty

An arrest warrant was issued yesterday (Nov. 16) for Arkansas trainer Glenn Hild on 17 charges of animal cruelty, according to Mary Ann Taft, Arkansas State Humane Officer. The 17 Thoroughbreds Hild allegedly mistreated and neglected are in the process of being taken from his former Broken Word Farm near Hot Springs, Ark. The horses will be taken to rescue organizations.

Taft said Hild was believed to be in Houston where he has a horse entered on today's card.

If convicted of misdemeanor animal cruelty, Hild could face up to a $1,000 fine per count and or one year in jail per count.

The investigator said her office had received numerous complaints and reports of Hild mistreating horses over the past year, but the office could only gain entrance onto the property after it was sold to Dr. Clint Henson and Bill Halters about two months ago.

There were 84 horses on the property when investigators went onto the property, and of that number 17 were emaciated. One of the 17 horses has since died.

"This is a case we have been working on for well over a year," Taft said. "We have had people telling us about this, but no one was willing to swear out a complaint. Unless we have a complaint or someone in our office witnesses the animals, there is not a lot we can do. When we found out that he had sold the farm and the horses were still there, we went out there as quickly as possible.

"The horses on the front side of the property looked fairly good but the ones on the back pasture were severely neglected," she continued. "We seized 13 horses from the back pasture, two from a side pasture, and one from the front."

According to Taft three dead horses were found on the back pasture in a burn pile.

Hild and his wife, Sharon, who is not mentioned in the arrest warrant, are past winners of the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders' Association awards, and had owned Broken Word Farm since the mid-1980s and have been involved in racing since the 1960s. The Hilds have bred stakes winners such as Dust on the Bottle, Princely Proof, and Hurricane Ed, among others.