Embarrassing for the equestrian world, extremely painful for the horse

It has happened AGAIN. Why am I not surprised? When competition is more important than animal welfare, something is really, really wrong. It makes me sick.

«The welfare of the horse is at the heart of all our activities»

FÉDÉRATION EQUESTRE INTERNATIONALE

A horse stumbled and fell during the warmup at Gothenburg Horse Show. Accidents do happen, we all know that. But when the horse got back up, it was punished over and over again as the rider pulled the reins with an amount of force you should never ever use in the mouth of a living being. The horse was kicked multiple times, and nobody around seemed to care. The horse tried to get away, but had no chance. When you are witnessing animal abuse, you are doing something about it. Simple as that.

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When things like this happen over and over and over again, I’m, excuse my language, FUCKING EMBARRESED to call myself an equestrian. The last few years, we have had way too many episodes like this!

If this continues, it will at one point be the end of horse sports. We must put the animal first. I hope this incident will have consequences, because we can simply not tolerate riders punishing their horses like this in the name of sport. And when we are trying to be the voice of the actual victim, the horse, we are over and over again told that we destroy our sport. What is wrong with this world?
It is never ever the horse’s fault – it is the rider’s. No empathy from me. We must show the world that violence against horses is not, and will never be, tolerated.

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65 thoughts on “Embarrassing for the equestrian world, extremely painful for the horse

  1. I saw this live, and I had, I say had because the respect I has for this rider is gone. I was totally surprised that she did this. Totally uncalled for. The horse was not paying attention on where he had his feet and stumbled. But the actions the rider took afterwards was NOT OK! They stood still for about 3 seconds and then she kicked the horse hard and held it back. She also did that again on a nether part of the course, out of nowhere. I do not have any respect for her what so ever left in me. I’m so disappointed.

  2. People like this are the reason why so many people think all equestrians are bad. It’s unbelievable that someone can do something like that. It’s just horrible.

  3. This is so embarressing. I have no words for something like that. How can a rider be so rude to his own horse, the rider has the responsibilty for the horse too, not only for himselfe. The horse struggled and fell down, it was not the fault of the horse. It is NEVER the fault of the horse. If this happened to my horse and me, I would be so scared that something happend to my horse, I would cry or be shocked. But the thing the rider did is NOT OKAY. Equestrian sport should be a TOGETHER, rider and horse should be a TEAM. It shouldn’t be a fight, rider AGAINST horse. This is not the way someone should be allowed to behave who works with horses and someone who shows this behaving on TV and in a Arena to people, the people might think that such a punishment and violence is ok, but it is really NOT OK. I don’t understamd how people can be so unfair to a animal which did NOTHING wrong. Not the horse is the problem, it’s the rider.

  4. This disgraceful woman should be banned! Poor horse makes a small mistake and gets the living hell pulled out of it! What kind of example is she setting for others!

  5. This woman is a disgrace to the equestrian sport and should be punished for treating that poor horse in such a cruel and unnecessary manner! I was disgusted and horrified in equal measure! Shame on that rider!!

  6. surely there is a equestrian board of organises who can do some-thing about this kind of unacceptable behaviour from a spoilt brat

  7. Where the heck was the steward?? Here in the u.s. there is always a steward near the schooling area. Absolutely unacceptable. If her temper is that out of control she needs to hang up her irons and take up coloring . Permanently.. disgraceful, rider, farm, show, venue and sponsoring organization are an absolute disgrace to the industry

  8. This makes me absolutely sick to my stomach even if the horse was being naughty which he wasn’t that is no way to treat any living being! It’s unprofessional, un sportsmanlike and disgusting! Shameful to the sport!

  9. Penelope Leprevost- I feel ashamed by your actions that so poorly reflect on the French equestrians. My daughter and I saw you last year at the Longines Eiffel and you were her inspiration. She no longer can be inspired by someone like you who publicly showed such low class and little respect for her mount.

  10. If she does this in public what does she do when no one is watching. This is cruelty and no other word for it. She should be banned from EVER owning or riding another horse.

  11. Ridiculous. I had a horse trip and go to his knees once in a warm up at a show. Know what I did? Had my trainer check his knees and watch him go afterwards to make sure he was still sound to compete. Disgraceful.

  12. Ok. So this was witnessed and on tv and now all over fb. Why can’t anything be done to prevent this woman from doing it again? And, btw, the horse looked drugged to me- did a vet look at him?

  13. Absolutely disgraceful, I only watched her a couple of weeks ago in the World Cup. Why wasn’t she stopped and the horse taken off her!!! What are the bloody stewards for???? I can’t believe she could do this, and yes people like her give the rest of us a bad, bad reputation as equestrians, and yes, what does she do at home. I hope this is spread far and wide, no excuse for cruelty!!!

  14. Something is really wrong here. Besides being a very crude and unsympathetic rider, why is the horse falling like that. It was extremely strange. Horses have better stabilization naturally, they do not stumble like than unless something is totally wrong. Either the horse is suffering from a neurological ailment, or it is (as another stated) drugged this does not happen. Then the rider proceeded to act like it would happen AGAIN if she did not snatch his head up to assure a reprimand for his possible next stumble. Very strange, and she needs to be censored for her behavior to this horse.

  15. Unfortunately all these things come down to is – money. Look at models like Kate Moss who gets a rap on the hand for being busted using cocaine. She lost some contracts but got picked up by others. These high profile people never get the appropriate punishment. But if us amateurs did something like this, we would be banned for life and get a massive fine. There is always dollars underlying all these high profile events unfortunately, not welfare. It seems people only care when the horse is winning or making them money. This horse was probably punished because the rider was going to miss the opportunity of coming home first

  16. But there is certainly something amiss in the equestrian world! If someone can do such a horrendous thing in public and no one with authority steps up and demands her coming of the horse and leaving the competition right there and then (followed up by reporting her to the appropriate authorities dealing with animal welfare), then the equestrian world is rotten to the core.
    I understand people will now get angry with me but you must not take this personally.
    What I mean to say is not that all equestrian people are bad, but the culture is if it allows things like this to happen without proper follow up.
    It should be a no brainer to ACT and it should be totally expected by everyone involved.
    What I now see is the total disgust expressed on Fb. etc. but that is all a little too late in my opinion.
    I am sure there were people there who would have loved to do something but felt that they could not…and that in itself is a bad sign.
    If the equestrian culture was a healthy one, no one would have even considered holding back to stop this woman of misbehaving so badly and hurting her horse in the process.

  17. It’s most disturbing that none of the other riders in the arena turned a hair at this and some at least must have seen what happened- is such behaviour that accepted?!

  18. WE NEED TO KNOW WHO THE WELFARE PEOPLE ARE THAT WERE SUPPOSED TO BE MONITORING THIS AREA…..IF THEY DIDN’T DISQUALIFY THIS RIDER THEN THEY NEED TO BE CHANGED.IS EVERYONE SO DESENSITIZED TO THIS SORT OF THING THAT NO ONE THOUGHT IT BAD?????? IF THIS WERE AN OWNER AND A DOG THEY’D BE PULLED UP BY WELFARE AND PROBABLY THE POLICE…THIS HAS TO STOP. WELFARE MUST DO THEIR JOBS AND PEOPLE MUST KNOW THE CONSEQUENCES OF THEIR ACTIONS…..I AM TOTALLY DISGUSTED THAT THIS PERSON THINKS THEY CAN RIDE, THAT THIS PERSON IS ALLOWED TO RIDE OR BE ANYWHERE NEAR A HORSE AND THAT THE JUDGES AND WELFARE DID NOTHING ABOUT IT!!!!!!

  19. A complaint has been sent out to the FFE today by a Belgian welfare association for mistreated and abuse horses. You are right this can no longer be the “reference” and hopefully the FFE and or FEI will take on some actions to show the world that this is NOT a normal way to act!

  20. Absolutely disgraceful; should be banned – and if that is what happens in public what the hell are the horses subjected to at home where no-one can see?? I would suggest emailing the event organisers to ask why the stewards did not disqualify her on the spot – and what they intend to do in future events to ensure welfare of animals is not undermined by riders who are not mentally fit for professional competition Tomas Torgersen, Event manager
    tomas.torgersen@gotevent.se

  21. All you bleeding hearts need to get off YOUR high horses!!!!
    This rider was acting DISPICABLLY!! But not ALL riders who compete act this way. As a matter of fact the ratio of idiots like this are extremely rare….. Unless you go to a AQHA/APHA show or a gymkhana in western America!!
    Showing and competing is NOT a horrible thing. For the most part the trainers and riders are extremely loving, kind, and caring to our horses.
    You city people who don’t know shit need to mind your own f$@&@$” business and get off everyone’s backs!! YOU are not judge, jury, and executioner like you’d like to be!! YOUR STUPID!! Just as idiotic as the riders and trainers who act in this same deplorable way!!!
    Now go peek out your house curtains as the your neighbors you nosy rats!!!!

  22. Next time she trips I hope someone kicks her in the ribs and jabs her in the mouth with metal and see how she likes it!!!

  23. Please excuse my ignorance, but at Olympia I think it was, a very talented young male rider who won the class was disqualified for what the stewards saw as very small blood/spur marks on his horse. Even the top ranking riders thought this was totally absurd. Yet this disgrace of a rider, who basically beat the living day lights out of her horse, was not even noticed!!! More people need to make a stand, as horses cannot shout out for help, it’s down to us animal loving humans to save them. I hope the federation truly catch up with this disgusting excuse of a human and punish her. But no doubt within a few yrs she’ll quietly sneak back in carry on.

  24. I do not think this is even close to horse abuse and anyone who believe the horse was truly ‘scarred’ from this, they are wrong. These top level FEI horses receive way better care then most humans in parts of the modern world. This would be a different conversation if the rider had gotten injured which was a very real possibility. As the horse was clearly sound enough to continue, I do not think she risked her horses health by competing.

  25. some people r supporting her but I’m sure that if a rider from an other country would have done not even 1% of this in front of people it would have been disaster They are hypocrites

  26. Absolute cruelty and neglect…. she didnt even get off and check her horses legs, didnt walk or trot it up n down to see if it had become lame.
    In my world, she would be banned from competing for
    A) horse neglect
    B) repeated abuse
    That poor horse went down hard on its knees…cant tell me it didnt hurt…. fall on your knees like that and tell me it doesnt hurt.
    Her abuse of kicking the horse forward and then yanking back on its mouth… this person needs to learn how to ride properly, forget competing, go back to basics lady and learn properly how to ride.
    I feel for that horses future.

  27. The horse was not being worked properly and it was penelope’s job to trot him properly such that he probably would not have have tripped on the excellent footing in the warm-up arena. penelope blew it on so many levels–I am just shocked!

  28. I saw this Wednesday, March 30, 2016. I was so upset about this, then read that an FEI ring steward did notify the Chief Steward about this abuse. The FEI has initiated an investigation into this matter, and I’m sure that with video proof, they will conclude that this rider’s actions are in direct conflict with the rules and regulations of the FEI. I was so upset at seeing this abuse, that I felt compelled to take some action, so I contacted every one of this rider’s corporate sponsors, and shared the video. I would ask that anyone else with compassion for animals contact her sponsors, listed on her own website. This is the letter I wrote; feel free to copy it and sign it with your name.

    Revoke corporate sponsorship of Penelope LePrevost

    To whom it may concern:

    I am writing to you in regards to your sponsorship of an equestrian athlete named Penelope LePrevost. Recently, she was observed to abuse her horse, Vagabond de la Pomme, during a competition. During this competition, she was observed to wear and/or promote your company’s products.

    The abuse of her horse consisted actions that are in direct conflict with Article 142 of The Federation Equestre Internationle. The article states that:
    1. No person may abuse a Horse during an Event or at any other time. “Abuse” means no action or omission which causes or is likely to cause pain or unnecessary discomfort to a Horse, including, but not limited to:
    1. To whip or beat a Horse excessively;
    2. To subject a Horse to any kind of electric shock device;
    3. To compete using an exhausted, lame or injured Horse;
    4. To “rap” a Horse;
    5. To abnormally sensitize or desensitize any part of a Horse;
    6. To leave a Horse without adequate food, drink or exercise;
    7. To use any device or equipment which causes excessive pain to the Horse upon knocking down an obstacle;

    2. Any person witnessing Abuse must report it in the form a Protest (Article 163) without delay. If an Abuse is witnessed during or in direct connection with an Event, it should be reported as a Protest (Article 163) to an Official. If the Abuse is witnessed at any other time it should be reported as a protest (Article 163) to the Secretary General for referral to the FEI Tribunal.

    The abuse that Ms. LePrevost inflicted upon her mount, Vagabond de la Pomme, was initially reported by a ring steward, and escalated to an FEI Official. At present, the FEI has announced that it will conduct an investigation into the matter, in according with the rules it set out for events. The initial report was broadcast in a Scandavian publication (http://www.tidningenridsport.se/Tavling/Scandinavium/2016/3/Inget-vi-accepterar/).

    Ms. LePrevost reacted to criticism generated through social media. She has stated on her Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/PenelopeLeprevost/?fref=nf): “People have been upset by images broadcast via social networks of my horse Vagabond de la Pomme who nearly fell during the warm-up before the World Cup Final in Gothenburg. My horse was trotting, very relaxed and with his head down, when he stumbled. It was actually quite frightening and I really thought that both of us were going to fall down. I immediately checked that he was not injured. I then wanted him to pull himself together. My goal was to wake him up but not to push him too hard. The French team’s vet also checked that he was fine and had no problems. I am deeply sorry that I over-reacted and was too strong with my horse and I want to express my sincere apologies. I place great importance on the trust and cooperation between myself and my horses. I also have the greatest respect for their state of mind and their physical well-being.”

    I am formally requesting that you drop sponsorship of Ms. Penelope LePrevost in light of the abuse she inflicted on her horse, the seriousness of the act that has sparked an investigation by the FEI, and the lightness of her apology in regards to the severity of her actions. I could not support a company that would put their financial gains ahead of the welfare of the animals that are the heart of the sport.

    Respectfully,

  29. She abused the horse completely, she treated the horse as if it was her enemy, but I’m not really surprised as I heard that she regularly abuses lots of horses . I agree with Abdullah and Amr 100%, Abdullah Amr don’t waste your time talking about someone who isn’t even important to talk about.

  30. She abused the horse completely, she treated the horse as if it was her enemy, but I’m not really surprised as I heard that she regularly abuses lots of horses .

  31. I’m glad this was caught on camera and that she is getting shamed for it. Unfortunately, this often happens when nobody is filming and just keeps happening, and the horses keep paying the price. I saw my ex-coach, Melissandre Lincourt, tear a horse’s mouth out and punch him in the face, tie a horse with nose to chest overnight with no food or water, use metal spikes in nosebands and girths. Now she rides grand prix and gets praise and recognition, while we all know that she is an absolute monster to her horses. I’m glad Penelope got caught, because maybe it’s the same with her; getting praise at highest levels of the sport while having the worst kind of cruel horsemanship. I’m disgusted. She needs to go back, and learn from masters like Buck Brannaman, Will Faerber, Monty Roberts, Karen Rohlf who can show her, that no matter the discipline, there is a better and fairer way to communicate with horses. I hope the images of what she did to that horse haunt her for a looooooong time, and inspire her to change!

  32. First of all she should undergo therapy Anger Management – mabe it could help her horses! Then she should go for psychotherapy which would help her to stop hating herself. Mabe even to start loving herself and THEN she could start to love others including horses. Otherwise psychiatrist will be happy to take care of her!

  33. This owner clearly has anger issues and and is abusing this horse. We can’t let her actions speak for the wonderful community of equestrians who go above and beyond for their horses. This is a display of abuse, not a just “bad equestrian”. Someone with her riding education knows to never kick a horse and then yank it in the mouth as hard as you can. What a dispicable human being.

  34. No excuse for the terrible temper outburst from this rider…..she is a discrace. My suspicion is that this horse has been stumbling/falling on a regular basis….perhaps the horse has low grade wobbler syndrome or some other problem??? we all know any horse will do it’s best to stay on it’s feet at all times. We should also remember that a good rider never blames his horse!!!

  35. This is why I have believed for some time now that we should put an end to horse sports. I grew up riding, and loved it – but that love is putting our own desires above an animal’s right to not live as a slave.

  36. g cards. If one read the criterion for issuing warning cards you would know clearly that it was obvious abuse not just suspected for bad behavior. A Charge should have been made and incidentally…ANYONE that WITNESSED this abuse could have filed charges. There is a process and it’s not just left up to officials or managements. AND, if the officials and management does not file charges, then, guess what, yes, you can file charges against ALL including the Steward for not filing charges. Read the rule books people and how to file? Otherwise, sit down and wipe your tears of discussed in silence and outrage. Retired 22 years R TD Note: One year as a Chef I witnessed the entire ground jury disqualify a horse at an FEI competition for having white hairs from old spur marks. Yes, sure did! And, this???? Misplaced values or apathy ? It’s easy to watch in horror but to step forward is courage, and, THE RIGHT THING TO DO…

  37. There were at least 8 separate infractions to be charged against this rider. I read earlier that she was given 2 warning cards. If one read the criterion for issuing warning cards you would know clearly that it was obvious abuse not just suspected for bad behavior. A Charge should have been made and incidentally…ANYONE that WITNESSED this abuse could have filed charges. There is a process and it’s not just left up to officials or managements. AND, if the officials and management does not file charges, then, guess what, yes, you can file charges against ALL including the Steward for not filing charges. Read the rule books people and how to file? Otherwise, sit down and wipe your tears of discussed in silence and outrage. Retired 22 years R TD Note: One year as a Chef I witnessed the entire ground jury disqualify a horse at an FEI competition for having white hairs from old spur marks. Yes, sure did! And, this???? Misplaced values or apathy ? It’s easy to watch in horror but to step forward is courage, and, THE RIGHT THING TO DO…

  38. 2. Any person witnessing Abuse must report it in the form a Protest (Article 163) without delay. If an Abuse is witnessed during or in direct connection with an Event, it should be reported as a Protest (Article 163) to an Official. If the Abuse is witnessed at any other time it should be reported as a protest (Article 163) to the Secretary General for referral to the FEI Tribunal.

  39. Perhaps if judges disqualified for violence to the horses, on the spot, and announced it before the crowd, people would think twice about their actions. Ad long as good equestrians and judges remain silent at the tine of abuse, the abuse will go on.
    Gotta say, I would like to be around sometime if this woman tripped and fell, because at sometime we all do. I would slap the tar out of her for being clumsy and see how she enjoys it.

  40. Your spelling is embarrassing. Penelope apologized for the incident stating “my horse’s welfare is paramount” the vet said the horse was fine not to mention she has incredible trust between her horses. You clearly don’t know jack and she really shut it.

  41. If she does this in the arena in front of a whole crowd can you imagine what she does to her horses at home.. stupid bitch ..

  42. People should be allowed to express their opinion without abuse in this discussion. Megan above it an example of abuse in every way , ending with telling some person to “shut It”

  43. Hi this is soooo cool but sooooooooö embarrassing I cringed sooo hard literally my face crinkled sooooo soooo much Lololololololol #yolo #livelifetothefullest

  44. I know right

    Dave, she’s gonna be sooooooooo embarresed

    Seriously why did Emma Myers like that

  45. Hey I’m not embarred, I meant it

    Lolololololololol #livelifetothefullest

    Also my friends think I’m soo cool

    #backbackofthehaters
    #shackeoffthehater

  46. Goes on all the time the bigger the prize the more common. Maybe phedras is lucky to be gone from this “French horseman (and horsewoman)” training….as for Penelope she will win a gold in Rio and join Lance Armstrong in the least respected athletes alive category

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