A few international dressage riders have posted reactions to the Operation X documentary and touched upon the social licence to operate and the future of equestrian sport.
Danish team riders Carina Cassoe Kruth (who trains with Helgstrand) and Cathrine Dufour (who sells horses for Helgstrand) have both issued highly similar, redacted statements in Danish (in their Instagram stories, only visible for 24hours), echoing the words that others already made yesterday evening, condemning violence against horses and reflecting on one's own riding and relationship with horses.
The more interesting reactions of the day came from Danish (former) officials:
Nathalie zu Sayn-Wittgenstein: "We Must Take Responsibility"
Nathalie zu Sayn-Wittgenstein, Denmark's former team trainer who was shown the door by the Danish equestrian federation as some Jutland based riders did not agree with her policies, posted on Instagram:
"We must take RESPONSIBILITY. Like many, I also watched OperationX yesterday. I am upset and saddened, distancing myself from the behavior towards animals and humans. But we all have a responsibility to look inward. This must never happen again, and we must take this seriously. Horses are amazing creatures that, with their nature, allow us to ride on their backs.
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