Paris Hill Equestrian Centre, owned and run by Nicole and Gerard Garramone, has been the epicenter of multiple abusive situations, specifically regarding horses under their "care". These are the stories of the people and their horses. ALL OF THESE STORIES ARE 100% FACTUAL and we all have paperwork to prove it.
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Lola - I have owned my sr mare, Lola, for over 10 years she has always been a fat and happy pony. I brought her to PHEC in November of 2017, everything seemed normal to be me when we had delivered her. I wasn't able to come to see my pony very much since I was still in school and had a tough time making it out there. But I was reassured by Nicole that she was "fine". A few months went by and I was just getting out of school when I went to visit her and her stall was dirty and she didn't seem to have much hay. I took it upon myself to throw her some hay, I figured the stalls weren't clean because maybe she cleans them later in the day. I brushed it off. I didn't start to notice any problems until 3 weeks before I took her off the property. Gerard called me while I was at work to threaten me that the "ASPCA wants to take Lola because her feet are very long" Which was news to me since they had just been done 2 weeks prior. Her stall was constantly dirty and her hay supply was limited. When things got really bad when I started to see her ribs, hips, and her sunken neck. I did not give any notice before I pulled her out, I put her on a trailer and left in September of 2018. When she got to the new boarding facility she had to undergo intense medical treatment by my Veterinarian. I almost lost her that day.
Squishy - I was a boarder at Paris Hill on and off, not because of noticing neglect before but due to boarding for a summer off from college and then for one year prior to relocating to Florida. Upon moving back from Florida I sent my horse "Squishy" home to board with Nicole and Gerard Garramone. I was never fond of Gerard he was always very rude and at times could be somewhat aggressive so I limited my discussions with him. I had been friends with Nicole and considered her a trainer and barn manager that I could trust with my horse so I sent him home to her in August of 2017. I let him have two months to settle and asked Nicole if she wouldn't mind doing some paid exercise rides on him to keep him fit until I was moved back (I was moving back to NY in March). She agreed and we set a payment plan, I had requested photos and videos of him and she only sent me two photos and one video. I didn't think much of it because I assumed she was busy and lacked a second person to assist with the photos and videos of her rides, it isn't uncommon so I let it go. My mother who lived close by came to see him once a month for me but most of the time he was blanketed so she could not tell how his condition was overall. Fast forward to me coming home in March, I came up to the barn probably the second day I was home and pulled his blankets to find he had lost a decent amount of weight - not to the point of emaciation like the others but it was more than I was comfortable with. I asked Nicole what was going on and she said "maybe he had a tough time with the winter adjustment" my response was why didn't you call or text me when you noticed him dropping weight?? She didn't have anything to say other than she was sorry and didn't think he looked that bad. I moved past this and became a hover horse mom while discreetly looking for a new farm to move my horse to. As I started to ride him I noticed he was VERY out of shape, now for anything that is being worked twice a week every week for a few months he should be fit and not flabby... he was flabby. I started to talk to other boarders who informed me she was never riding him or even grooming him while I was paying her hundreds of dollars every month to do this. Needless to say, I was furious but kept my mouth shut because I wanted to find a new barn and move my horse and just be done.
It was not until about June when Nicole asked me to come to her lower barn to check on a horse she was concerned with. The lower barn has always been "off limits" as it is her "personal barn" and the retirement barn. I never questioned that or felt the need to poke my nose down there because my horse was in the upper barn and it was none of my business. With that being said at her request I went into the lower barn and saw a horror show, skinny and neglected horses in every stall. Standing in what had to be a couple of weeks worth of their own feces and some of them were caked with it from laying in it to sleep or rest. The whole barn smelled like a dead animal(s). I kept quiet and followed her to the end two stalls where Echo and Bentley were stalled. Echo was completely emaciated and I was horrified I asked her why he was even alive and how long he had been like this. Her response was it just happened within the last month and she was waiting for the vet to come out. As for Bentley he had a sunken right hip with swelling from the stifle joint (hip area) down to the fetlock (ankle). It looked as if he had dislocated or broken a bone, I told her she should call the vet but she did not and did her own doctor work which is apparently normal for her.
As for the three retirees Juliet, CJ and Apollo I knew these owners and made sure when Nicole was away at a horse show one day and her family was off the property to go down and take as many photos as possible. I soon found a new boarding facility which I am going to leave unnamed as I cannot trust the Garramone's and their followers to not do harm to my horse or others. Upon finding it I informed several others whom I trusted about it including sending photos of the three retired horses to the owner of Juliet, Myrna Treuting. Myrna and her two clients who own CJ and Apollo were completely horrified and requested three stalls at the barn I currently board at, our barn manager jumped to help them and after a long day of phone calls met a vet that Myrna sent out to Paris Hill. They filed a formal vet report on the property and picked up the three horses to bring them to our current boarding barn. I cannot even tell you how RELIEVED these horses looked when they stepped off of that trailer and into the arena to stretch their legs after not being let outside for months they looked as if they felt free. It was a moment that made everyone cry.
There have been MANY SPCA phone calls made by myself and the others before and after moving from that barn. SPCA has been basically useless and just dusted it off or let it be because they noted access to food, water and shelter were available. They were called when the emaciated horses were in the barn and they didn't do a thing about it. We have all been trying tirelessly to shut this farm down one way or another and going to the media is basically our last resource. If the authorities won't help then I will forewarn as many people as possible to stay away from that abusive hell hole.
Noel - I would like to submit Noel’s story regarding Paris Hill, but would appreciate if I could remain anonymous. She passed very recently, I'm still just coping with that. She was there while I was in college, for much of the time I was there regularly, and I always was having to give her extra hay, because it seemed like she was getting so little. I wasn’t happy which the horses she was tuned out with because she was always getting chased and beat up. It got really bad when I got a job several hours away and boarded her there in the time between when I moved and was looking for a place to board in the area I relocated to. She was here for 4 months after I moved away, and lost hundreds of pounds, and deteriorated quickly. They were telling me she was doing fine each time I called to check on her. At this time I had no reason not to believe them. I found a place to bring her and gave then 30 days notice in August of 2015. A week before I came to get her, I had a friend stop by to check on her, and my friend nearly got a trailer and took her to her farm. The first week of September 2015 I came to get her. It broke me to see the condition she was in. The owners of Paris Hill told me she was just old. At the time my horse was 27, but she’s always been healthy and held her weight well. She quickly regained weight and condition at her new home, which reinforces how badly she was just neglected at Paris Hill. I’ll never forgive myself for letting that happen to that beautiful soul.
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