The FEI is looking into Penelope Leprevost’s treatment of her horse Vagabond de la Pomme after an incident that occurred during the 2016 Longines FEI World Cup Finals. The episode, that took place on the warm-up during Monday’s concluding rounds, has caused a stir both in equestrian media outlets and even more so in social media.
Vagabond de la Pomme, Leprevost’s ride for the World Cup Finals, stumbled badly while being warmed up as he was trotting on long rains – and was on his knees with his nose in the sand. Leprevost’s reaction when the stallion got back on his legs, has not gone unnoticed. The sequence was aired directly on TV – also on FEI TV – and has now become an issue for the FEI after first sparking a heated debate in Sweden yesterday.
“The FEI is looking into the full circumstances of the incident in which the French horse Vagabond de la Pomme stumbled very badly prior to the first round of Monday’s competition and the rider, Penelope Leprevost, reacted very roughly. The FEI Steward on duty in the warm-up reported the incident to the FEI and also to the FEI Chief Steward,” said a spokesperson for the FEI on Monday night.
“The French team vet Jérôme Thévenot also saw the horse stumbling, but felt that the horse was fine to go into the arena. Vagabond de la Pomme was clear in the first round, and was given a thorough check over in the stables afterwards by Jérôme Thévenot, who reported that the horse was perfectly fine.
Horse welfare is central to everything the FEI does, and is also a priority for both the Swedish National Federation and the organising committee of the Gothenburg Horse Show. The FEI’s Code of Conduct for the Welfare of the Horse is in place to ensure that horse welfare is protected at all FEI event,” continued the FEI spokesperson.
Neither Leprevost, nor the French Equestrian Federation have so far made an official statement on the incident.
Text © World of Showjumping // Picture © Jenny Abrahamsson
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