(Copyright 2003) Attorneys representing Toby Scarbrough filed for a Temporary Restraining Order to postpone today’s scheduled hearing of Scarbrough’s appeal of his March suspension by the National Horse Show Commission. The hearing was scheduled for 9:00 AM today and attorney Brenda Bramlett served papers on the NHSC’s Lonnie Messick at approximately 9:30 AM informing him that Judge Lee Russell had agreed to hear the petition sometime today in court in Fayetteville, Tenn.

The hearing officer then informed the members of the Independent Hearing Committee that due to a procedural disagreement between the two sides they were excused and requested to be back at 1:00 p.m.

NHSC counsel Jimmy Bradshaw and other NHSC officials left for Fayetteville to appear before Judge Russell. Brenda Bramlett and Chuck Cheek, representing Scarbrough, also went to Fayetteville for the hearing.

As of 3:15 p.m., the Commission office had not heard from their representative at the hearing. If the judge disallows the Temporary Restraining Order, the NHSC intends to begin the hearing immediately.