Michael Payne: "I have watched with dismay, frankly with utter disbelief, as certain groups try to defend their equestrian interests.”
Modern Pentathlon's governing body made the decision despite opposition from its members; two test events to take place in May and June.
Over 80% of member nations vote to find new fifth discipline as UIPM congress flags up the danger of using tradition to defend your sport.
Decision to replace show jumping could be unlawful; meanwhile UIPM president backtracks over his TV interview in another rollercoaster week.
665 athletes have signed a vote of non-confidence in their global governing body following the decision to drop riding from Modern Pentathlon.
Riding will remain a MP discipline for at least the next three years; no mention of improved welfare protocols in official UIPM communiques.
Welfare issues arising from the beating of Saint Boy at Tokyo look to be hastening the replacement of show jumping with cycling.
Coach Rick Maynard and course designer Peter Holmes offer suggestions to allow the jumping phase to continue in a safe and humane way.
Riding Working Group to review Tokyo 2020 Olympics and make recommendations; rule changes expected for Paris 2024.
Tokyo gold medal contender and her coach condemned by FN for treating horse as a piece of 'sports equipment’.