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Showjumper banned from Hampton Classic after concerns about horse welfare violations

Wednesday, 02 September 2015

The picture is an illustration, and has nothing to do with the content in the article. reports that a rider taking part of the Hampton Classic this past weekend, was banned from further competition on Friday 28th of August after concerns about horse welfare violations. Hampton Classic Executive Director Shanette Barth-Cohen explains in a statement to, that the incident was first noticed by schooling supervisors who took the matter further - and evidence of abuse was confirmed. The rider and his horses were barred from further competition and had to leave the showgrounds. 

The show’s stewards have filed a report to the USEF, and have - according to the statement - recommended charges of abuse against the rider. 

The full story can be read here.

The rider is American, and took part in both national and international classes at the event. World of Showjumping will be in touch with the show organiser’s to try to clear whether or not the incident will be followed up on towards the FEI, or if it is considered a national matter to de dealt with by the USEF only.

The news of the incident came on approximately the same time as FEI President Ingmar de Vos pushed forward a message of the importance of the FEI Clean Sport Campaign, saying; “It is vital for the integrity of all sport that it is clean and fair, but it is even more important when there is an animal involved because of the welfare implications.” In the same press release it was revealed that a jumping horse at the North American Juniors and Young Riders Championships in Lexington on 16 and 18 July had tested positive for the banned substance Capsaicin, a topical analgesic or irritant.


Note from the editors at World of Showjumping:

World of Showjumping contacted the FEI towards the end of last week, raising a number of general questions in regards to the FEI Limb Sensitivity Protocol and the FEI General Regulations about horse abuse. We will be back with more information on the subject when answers have been returned by the FEI.

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