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FEI takes no further action towards Penelope Leprevost

Friday, 22 April 2016

Penelope Leprevost and Vagabond de la Pomme. Photo (c) Jenny Abrahamsson.
Penelope Leprevost and Vagabond de la Pomme at the 2016 Longines FEI World Cup Final. Photo (c) Jenny Abrahamsson.

The FEI has concluded that no further action will be taken towards Penelope Leprevost after an incident that occurred during the Longines FEI World Cup Finals in March.

The incident, that took place on the warm-up during the final’s concluding rounds, caused a stir both in equestrian media outlets and even more so in social media.

After, the FEI stated: “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.”

Leprevost later apologized, saying that she was deeply sad that she over-reacted.

Today, the FEI has announced the conclusion to their investigation and states:  

“The FEI has investigated the full circumstances of the incident with Penelope Leprevost and her horse Vagabond de la Pomme in the warm-up arena at Gothenburg. Reports have been received from the Chief Steward, who had been briefed about the incident by the Steward on duty at the time. The rider has also been spoken to. 

Penelope Leprevost has stated publicly that she regrets her actions and expressed her remorse for over-reacting in the heat of the moment. She has said that this sort of incident will not happen again and that the welfare of her horses is extremely important to her. 

After the incident, Vagabond de la Pomme was given a thorough check over in the stables by the French team vet Jérôme Thévenot who reported that the horse was fit to compete. 

The FEI is assured that such an incident will not occur again and, in light of this, no further action will be taken.”


Text ©  World of Showjumping // Picture ©  Jenny Abrahamsson

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