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Plainfield therapeutic horse riding group avoids eviction

Natalie Caramusa, a volunteer with Ready Set Ride, pets one of the stable's horses July 7 in Plainfield.
Natalie Caramusa, a volunteer with Ready Set Ride, pets one of the stable's horses July 7 in Plainfield.

A Plainfield nonprofit that helps children through therapeutic horse riding will not be going anywhere soon.

Will County Judge Ted Jarz vacated a court order that would have allowed landlord Dr. Joseph Tages, 71, of Plainfield to have Ready Set Ride evicted from the property at 13056 Essington Road by Monday.

Jarz’s ruling on Thursday was based on Tages no longer being the owner of the property because it is in foreclosure. The property has been listed in the Will County Sheriff’s Sale of Real Estate, with Nationstar Mortgage listed as the plaintiff for foreclosure.

Ready Set Ride Director Lisa Afshari said the nonprofit is ecstatic, and that this means the organization and its horses will continue to have a home at the property.

“We’re happy for our riders, and we’re happy for our horses,” Afshari said.

She said Ready Set Ride has plans to buy the property and will discuss the matter with attorneys and the bank that owns the property next week.

Tages represented himself in court Thursday. When asked about the case, he said, “It is part of the justice system.”

In Tages’ June 13 complaint against Afshari, he demanded $9,900 in back rent. Afshari said she offered to pay him $7,640 because the organization made repairs at the property and deducted those costs, but Tages wanted the $9,900 instead.

On July 7, Afshari’s attorney, John Argoudelis, made an emergency motion to vacate the court order from July 3 that was favorable to Tages, and to dismiss his complaint.

The emergency motion argued that Tages’ litigation was premature and that the wrong tenant for the property – Ready Set Ride, not Afshari – had been named in the complaint and was not a party to the lease agreement.

Sue Majchrzak, a Ready Set Ride board member, said the organization is made up almost entirely of volunteers and has a good relationship with the villages of Plainfield and Bolingbrook, where many of its riders live.

The organization has been in Plainfield since 2001 and helps children and young adults with special needs through therapy on horses.

Ready Set Ride has 14 horses trained to respond to verbal commands from riders, and has about 80 riders with various special needs who depend on the organization for riding lessons.

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