Horse trainer Larry Joe Wheelon ordered to vacate barn
By Iva Butler | (email@example.com)
A Maryville horse trainer accused of cruelty to livestock has been ordered to vacate the barn he has been renting by June 10.
Larry Joe Wheelon, 68, Miracle Landing, has been using the barn at 2743 Tuckaleechee Pike as part of Larry Wheelon Stables. He reached an agreement with the Carrie Harris estate administrator to leave.
Wheelon and his attorney, Rob White, and estate administrator, Kay Talbott, appeared before Blount County General Sessions Court Judge William R. Brewer Jr. Wednesday morning.
Charged after raid
The barn owners sought his eviction after Wheelon was charged with one count of aggravated cruelty to livestock following a raid on the barn on April 18 and the seizure of 19 of 28 horses on April 25.
Talbott filed a detainer warrant seeking his eviction on April 30. “It is time for him to go,” Talbott said at the time.
However, Wheelon’s rent was paid up until May 10 and he was not given any prior notice to evacuate the barn, according to White.
Wheelon trains Tennessee walking horses and is to be in court May 14 on the cruelty charge for allegedly soring the horses to get them to accentuate their gait.
White said Wheelon has made certain improvements to the barn and under the agreement with Talbott will owe no more money before June 10.
Brewer set the case back to June 10 and told Talbott if Wheelon has not evacuated the barn by then she can seek to have him evicted on that date.
“Hopefully, it will resolve itself,” Brewer said.
White said Wheelon is unwilling to pay court costs since his rent was paid and he didn’t get a written notice of the eviction plan.
The filing fee Talbott paid will pay the court costs.