Scott Hayes Denies Mismanagement of Laura Graves Clinic Funds, Says Events Canceled Due to Lack of Ticket Sales

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Laura Graves on Verdades. File photo. © 2019 Ken Braddick/dressage -news.com

Sept. 8, 2019

Scott Hayes has denied any mismanagement of funds of clinics organized in Canada for Laura Graves and said an event scheduled for Calgary, Alberta this weekend was canceled because of lack of ticket sales.

Scott, who lives in Canada, said that Laura Graves, the top United States rider on her Verdades, had been paid in full for a clinic in Langley, British Columbia in June and a deposit made for the Calgary event.

However, he said, only 15 tickets were sold for the Calgary clinic and Laura and her agent were notified Aug. 8 of the cancellation, fulfilling a requirement for 30 days’ notice.

“The tickets did not sell well in Calgary,” he said of the event organized by his SH Production, Inc., “and we could not take the risk.”

Sales of 350 tickets were needed to break even, he said.

SH Productions Facebook page, as of Sunday, still features the two Laura clinics.

A statement was distributed Sunday in Laura’s name saying that the rider canceled clinics in 2019 and 2020 “due to mismanagement of funds and unfulfilled contractual obligations on the part of SH Productions.”

A clinic to be given by German superstar Isabell Werth in Magolia, Texas next month and organized by SH Productions does not appear to have been affected.