The Portuguese Equestrian Federation (FEP) has issued a statement concerning the brutal attack on Portuguese Grand Prix team rider Vasco Mira Godinho on Sunday 18 March 2018.
The father and brother-in-law of 2012 Portuguese Olympian Gonçalo Carvalho viciously attacked Gondinho round 3 PM at the stables near the parking lot at the 2018 CDN Estoril. They beat him up with a rod. Vasco had to be transported to the hospital with severe bruising to his face and a laceration of his eye brow.
The incident was witnessed by several people and show officials had to call in the police to escort Gonçalo Carvalho off the show grounds, whereas his two family members had run away.
Portuguese and international equestrian media have reported on this malicious assault after Christine Jacoberger, owner of Godinho's top horse Bariloche JGR, went public, condemning this outright cruel behaviour towards a Portuguese team rider and human being.
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