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Statement on Oliver Townend

8 May 2018

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We’d like to say a big thank you to everyone that came to visit us at Badminton Horse Trials. We had a great time in the sunshine and we are proud to have been charity of the year. The British Horse Society works hard to promote the prevention of cruelty and harm to horses. We cannot condone the behaviour of Oliver Townend over the weekend and we will be raising our concerns to the FEI.

Gemma Stanford, Director of Welfare at The British Horse Society said; “The British Horse Society supports the horse and rider in all equine disciplines under the condition that the highest welfare and safety standards are adhered to at all times. The welfare of the horse should always be paramount. Riders at this level have an increased responsibility as they are role models and should also be setting an example for the next generation coming through our sport. The behaviour displayed by Oliver Townend was completely unacceptable. We strongly believe that the sanctions given to Mr Townend by the FEI were not high enough in this particular case. The British Horse Society will be raising these concerns to the FEI.”

You can find out more information about the welfare work of the British Horse Society here. 

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