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Court confirms rider did abuse horse in competition, at appeal

A rider who appealed his abuse ban, partly by claiming the complaint should never have been filed, has failed in his attempts to overturn the ruling.

H&H reported last year that UAE endurance rider Abdul Rahman Saeed Saleh Al Ghailani had been found guilty of horse abuse by the FEI Tribunal, which fined him 4,000 Swiss francs and banned him for 12 months.

He was reported to the FEI by Pauline van Drumpt, of campaign group Clean Endurance for the abusive riding of his “exhausted” horse Sarab at a CEI3* in Abu Dhabi last February. The Tribunal found his “excessive” kicking and rein-pulling, with high hands, was likely to cause Sarab pain or unnecessary discomfort, and that his support crew’s chasing the horse was also against the rules.

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Article written b: Eleanor Jones

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