As the town responds to several complaints about public safety concerning shooting guns in the rural area, one horse is at the center of the controversy. Solomon, a horse on a pasture at Dr. Sally Booth's residence, was injured on Jan. 7, 2012. Two reports vary on what injured the horse, but Booth believes it may have been a stray bullet shot from Chris Brooke's nearby property. According to an investigation conducted by the Boone County Sheriff's Office, "it seems completely impossible" that a bullet from Brooke's private shooting range injured the horse. But according to Dr. Richard K. Stroud, a forensic veterinary pathologist, who most recently worked as a veterinary medical examiner for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service at the National Fish and Wildlife Forensic Laboratory, the horse was highly likely to have been injured by a "large caliber, high velocity (full metal jacket) bullet or Barnes-type solid copper bullet" that traveled from the left flank to the right anterior leg of the horse. THE INCIDENT Booth and Emily Lindsey, Solomon's owner, own and operate a farm at 2775 S 875 E with more than 40 animals and 6 acres of pasture. Booth told the Zionsville Safety Board that on Jan. 7, 2012, there was extremely loud and continuous large-caliber gunfire coming from the range on Brooke's property to the west of her house for at least two hours. "Between three and four that afternoon, a neighbor came racing up the driveway," Booth said. "Emily Lindsey, an employee who lives and works at my farm, went to greet her. She asked if we owned the white horse out in the pasture. Emily replied 'Yes; he's mine.' The neighbor replied, 'Well he is bleeding to death out there.'" Booth said where they found Solomon was about one-quarter mile in a direct line from the range on Brooke's property. According to the BCSO report, Brooke had earthen embankments approximately 12 feet high on the north end and 10 feet tall on the south end of the clearing. The embankment also had wings on each end to catch any side ricochets. According to the BCSO report, there is also a tree line of several hundred yards containing several trees ranging from 3 feet tall to more than 50 feet tall. See Wednesday's Times Sentinel for the full story.
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Wild Air Farms features horse show for 37th year
One of the Top Ten horse shows in the nation will take place in Zionsville next week for the 37th year. The Traders Point Hunt Charity Horse Show, which raises funds for Riley Hospital for Children, kicks off Tuesday, Aug. 5, at Wild Air Farms, 7400 Hunt Club Road. The show was named one of the top ten in 2013 by The National Show Hunter Hall of Fame in Lexington, Kentucky. It lasts until the $75,000 Grand Prix of Indianapolis on Sunday, Aug. 10.
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- Zionsville local is crowned Miss Boone County Rachel Miller of Zionsville was crowned 2014 Miss Boone County 4-H Fair on Sunday, July 13. The 2013 Miss Boone County, Kate Emmert, was at the Witham Health Services Pavilion on the 4-H Fairgrounds to pass off her crown to Miller.
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