Woman accused of taking riding gear, medical records from equine therapy nonprofit

HOLT, Mo. - The man who founded a Clinton County equine therapy program said many amazing things happen inside his horse arena. That's why Jay Bettis was shocked to learn the person who helped him start the program have stolen from it.

"She was really good at what she did," Bettis said.

But now 53-year-old Kim Moudy of Lawson is in the Clinton County Jail, charged with felony stealing.

While Bettis said Moudy -- a volunteer-certified riding instructor -- excelled at her work with clients, there was tension between she and others involved with Better in the Saddle Equine Assisted Programs.

"There was not a good relationship between her and the board. And it had been going on for a while," Bettis said.

Moudy submitted her resignation through an email in early February. Soon after, Bettis said he noticed more than $1,500 of riding gear was missing, along with the medical records of all ten clients.

Bettis said Moudy was the only other person with access to the gear and records. He contacted the Clinton County Sheriff's Department and officers located the missing items inside Moudy's home.

Authorities believe Moudy was trying to start her own equine therapy program.

Bettis said he feels betrayed and embarrassed but is determined to move on.

"We've got a new instructor that's a phenomenal guy. We've got some new volunteers that (have) come forward, so we're looking for good things this summer," Bettis said.

Moudy is due for a hearing in Clinton County court Tuesday at 3 p.m.

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