Everhart Horse Rescue:
DANGER! Do NOT Trust!
DANGER! Do NOT Trust!
EDIT 3/6/18: Amanda Everhart is still trying to get people to give her their hard-earned money so that she can flip horses-- and nobody's happy about it.
Warning: It's important that you don't contact Everhart.
It's one thing to warn others about a scam.
It's another to harass someone directly.
Thousands of shares on social media has resulted in over 96,000 views of this post. Apparently, it's been so popular because Amanda has scammed so many people. Many of them have sent me screenshots or messages, and I've re-posted a fraction of them here. I have learned more than I care to about her past schemes.
Without further ado, here's what you need to know:
Everhart Equestrian Wisconsin Horse Rescue popped up in Viroqua, WI in 2016. Since then, it's been re-named at least five times and moved locations at least once:
E.E. Wisconsin Horse Rescue.
Everhart Equestrian Vernon County Wisconsin Horse Rescue.
EEVC Wisconsin Horses Rescue Page.
Wisconsin Horse Rescue
Phoenix Raiin Wisconsin Horse Rescue Ranch
Amanda "Jo Jo" Everhart, the owner of this rescue, is... special.
If you're a fan of Judge Judy or Jerry Springer, you know the kind of "special" I'm talking about. Amanda "Jo Jo" Everhart...
...has three obviously untrained "service dogs"...
...has had at least 3 babies with different dads (none of which she has custody of, because of her mental health issues and abuse)...
...has claimed to be a singer, farrier, dog breeder, horse trainer, soldier, scrap dealer, barrel racer, a heart AND brain surgeon, motorcycle mechanic, and tattoo artist...
...and she's not yet 30!
Amanda Everhart has also used the last names Scalissi, Holmen, Edison, and Miller. She has also gone by "AJ Jo" and variations of "Jo Jo." She may tell a sob story and ask for donations of baby clothes, pet stuff, tack, furniture, and other items for herself or her family, then sell these online. She may "borrow" tack and fail to return it, or even sell it. She has at least 3 Facebook profiles in variations of her own name, and may be using others' names or profiles. She may take in free or cheap dogs, especially pit bulls, as an "adopter," and then sell them online (flipping). She has conned various local charities into helping her with different stories; the last time she moved, she told a church group that she had been raped and needed to get away.
In her short life, Amanda has been found guilty of harassment, disorderly conduct, resisting/obstructing an officer, and damage to property. She's also been dragged to small claims court multiple times. (All of this is public record, available here.)
Oh, and did I mention she was arrested for prostitution?
Amanda may also have been stripping under the name Lassos American Hunnie or AJ.
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I say "most recent," because Amanda is a big fan of Go-Fund-Me.
If you aren't aware, Go-Fund-Me is a public charity website, where anyone can ask for donations for (almost) anything. There are many legitimately needy people out there... but there are also scammers who prey upon the generosity of good people instead of just getting a job.
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Amanda claimed Phoenix was stolen, along with her wallet, by a vengeful ex-boyfriend who also beat her up. I'm not sure how throwing money at "Jo Jo" could have fixed a situation that the police wouldn't even bother following up with, but hey, free money is a balm that can sooth any wound.
If this sounds like major psycho drama, buckle up.
We're not done yet.
On Facebook, Amanda claims to be "fighting cancer," although she has refused to say what kind:
She's apparently battled this cancer for several years, through at least one pregnancy, but only seems to bring it up when her sexy pictures and tattoos haven't been getting enough attention on social media. (Click any pic to see larger version.)
|"Born Guilty." Nice, really nice.|
"But wait, North Horse. All you've proven is that she's trashy and maybe a liar. What can you tell me about how she's running the horse rescue? What's the 'crime' here?"
Ah my friend, rest assured, now we get into the meat of the matter.
Let's start with a horse named Cassie.
|Cassie, Dec. 2016. Note the bandaged left rear leg.|
|Cassie's leg injury. Sept. 2016|
Cassie was donated to Everhart rescue by her owner, Ann Budzak. Ann owned Cassie for years, but as Ann and her husband's health deteriorated, she looked for a safe place for Cassie to go.
Cassie needed sanctuary, because like Ann, this mare has some issues. She's 18, has fairly severe arthritis in her rear legs, and in the autumn she had a nasty injury to her left rear leg which made her unsound. Cassie is also a known bucker, and is pushy on the ground. So when Ann saw the new Everhart Rescue pop up, she contacted "Jo Jo," looking to place her in a safe, permanent home that could handle her. Amanda gave Ann all the right reassurances, telling her that Cassie would be very well cared for, forever. So Ann gave Cassie to Amanda on December 28th 2016.
And then Amanda "Jo Jo" turned around and listed Cassie for adoption as a sound, 16 year old does-it-all horse that's great with kids!! The "adoption fee" started at 2K in December 2016, but rose to 2.5K on January 1st 2017. In her last ad, Everhart wanted a whopping $3,500!
These screenshots below show exactly that (click on any to enlarge):
When Ann contacted Amanda about her concerns, Amanda replied with a 4 minute voicemail filled with screaming, swearing, accusations, and vague threats about her boyfriend being a cop.
Ann is very upset. She regrets not doing more to check out Amanda's background before donating Cassie. She is horrified at the prospect that an adopter could be seriously hurt, and concerned that Cassie may wind up abused or sent to slaughter.
Ann wants everyone to know that Cassie is NOT sound. Even if she didn't have bad arthritis, her leg injury took three months to heal, and has made her unrideable. She has NOT been ridden by teenage girls most of her life like Amanda claims. Cassie has NOT done barrels, gmykhana, obstacle courses, etc. No one should be riding Cassie.
"We struggled with managing her on the ground as she is very pushy and my husband is 73 and just had hand surgery. I am needing shoulder and hip replacement. I thought a rescue where Cassie could live out her days with love and comfort would be the kindest thing to do for her. It was a hard decision. Now that I realize where she actually is I just want to cry. I've made the biggest mistake of my life. But now she's there and the chances I can get her back are slim. If I had $3500 I would buy her back and just let her live at our house forever."
Everhart is constantly asking for people to donate more horses and more money. Aside from Cassie, there are no descriptions of any horses available for adoption. Nor is there even an adoption application available. In fact, according to the IRS's database of tax-exempt organizations, Everhart's "rescue" doesn't even have 501c3 status, meaning it's not a legitimate charity.
Despite, this, Amanda has offered to write receipts for people who donate to her. This makes no sense whatsoever. The only reason you would need a receipt for a donation is if you wanted to claim the donation on your taxes. This can only be done if your donation was made to a registered charity or non-profit organization. Amanda herself has admitted her rescue is not non-profit. So on this one, I'm not sure if Amanda is confused, crazy, lying to potential donors, or some combination of all those. Maybe crazy, because she has also proudly posted blurry photos of receipts from various stores, as if doing so proved something-- perhaps that she has indeed spent the money she's scammed from people?
Now let's go back to Phoenix for a minute. Remember Amanda posting that GoFundMe, asking for donations that would (somehow) ensure she got her "stolen" horse back? Well here's Phoenix before and after Amanda's tender loving care:
Amanda claimed that Phoenix's condition wasn't her fault. Her lies included, "I rescued the horse that way," and then later, "there's nothing wrong," and finally, "the horse can't be cured." Various locals defended Everhart, but sadly Phoenix just got worse and worse. Eventually, a real local horse rescue stepped in to euthanize the poor thing and ended Phoenix's suffering. You can read the full story here.
Phoenix wasn't the only horse that Amanda abandoned. When she was kicked off of a rental farm in Viroqua, any horses currently at the "rescue" were sold to whoever wanted them, at rock-bottom prices. At least two ended up at Neilsville auction, including Dakota the gelding. Dakota was recognized by a young lady who bought him, and contacted me to let me know how he was doing. Unfortunately, his feet were terrible, and he was underweight, possibly due to severely neglected teeth. After weeks of trying to rehab him, his new owner was eventually forced to euthanize him. Ironically, Dakota was the horse that Amanda posed with for a photo that was supposed to prove how well she was taking care of her horses (Phoenix being just "incurable").
I'm going to throw a few more pictures down there at the bottom, but I think you've already gotten the point. Spread the word: Do NOT trust, or donate to, Amanda "Jo Jo" Everhart's "horse rescue!"
|Barbed wire on the property. One of several pictures/places on the property.|
|This is a picture Amanda stole from another girl. |
Amanda uploaded it as if were her own, as if she was the one riding the horse here.
When she was called out on this lie, she had her friends send the owner threatening messages laced with profanity.
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Amanda claiming to be "Dr. Scalissi," a PhD/surgeon/UW student with no kids.