Dead horse’s ashes, tail argued 
about in family’s estate dispute
Mediation needed to reach settlement 
after town of Mukwonago man’s death

By BRIAN HUBER - GM Today Staff 

April 24, 2008

WAUKESHA - Eight months after it began, a Cleveland woman’s fight for her pet horse was settled short of a trial this month, even though the horse died while the case was pending.



Tracy Kaderabek sued the estate of her father, Clifford Lassmann, alleging she owned an 18-year-old gelding named Sundrift City Slicker, known as "Iggy," which the estate wanted to sell. But Iggy died while the case was pending, leaving Kaderabek to fight over his remains.

After going to mediation earlier this month, the sides settled and avoided a trial, awarding Iggy’s remains - his ashes and tail - to Kaderabek, as well as $50,000 in proceeds from Lassmann’s estate.

Kaderabek on Wednesday declined to comment without talking to her attorney, Thomas Van Horn. Van Horn was unavailable for comment Wednesday, as well.

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This story appeared in The Freeman on April 24, 2008.