Reward for arrest in horse shooting grows


By BEN DUDLEYThe Wilson Post

The reward for information on the person or persons responsible for the shooting of a young girl’s horse two weeks ago has now grown.

Chief Larry Bowman with the Wilson County Sheriff’s Department said that a man who wishes to remain anonymous, called in and offered $1,000 in addition to the amount given by Wilson County Crime Stoppers.

“He said when he read the story, it just made him sick,” Bowman said. “He wanted to add $1,000 to the reward. He didn’t want his name released, but I know him and he’s good for it.”

The incident, reported in the Sept. 30 edition of The Wilson Post, happened sometime late Tuesday night, Sept. 22, or early Wednesday morning, Sept. 23, at 4640 S.E. Tater Peeler Road in Lebanon.

Shea Blankenship, 17, was crushed when she woke to the news that her beloved race horse, Magic, had been shot and killed. Magic was shot nine times.

Shea’s father, Jeff Blankenship, said he wants whoever is responsible to be found so that the community can know what he or she did to a little girl’s horse.

The family is also offering $1,000 for information on whoever is responsible for the shooting.

If you have any information regarding this incident, call the Wilson County Crime Stoppers at 444-5245. Callers will remain anonymous.

Staff Writer Ben Dudley may be contacted at ben@wilsonpost.com.