Witness recalls hearing ‘pops and snapping noises’ at a show where Kocher told him he was trying to fix the spurs as they were ‘too hot’.
With equine welfare in mind, the Equine Health and Welfare Committee will be working towards the implementation of a noseband tightness rule.
Covid mitigation measures may complicate heat stress management in horses, plus calls for future Olympics to be moved to later in the year.
TV station RTL is set to broadcast video of the controversial practice, but has refused to give the German equestrian federation a copy.
"We are extremely disappointed...to lose this case on appeal is more than disheartening." ~ FEI secretary general Sabrina Ibáñez.
As well as horse abuse, the US rider is found to have brought the sport into disrepute and committed criminal acts under Swiss law.
Together with PAEC, efforts are being made to help horses and horsepeople in the wake of the volcanic eruption on the island of St. Vincent.
The US Jumping athlete has also been disqualified from eight events in 2018 and 2019 for using electric spurs on his horses.
Brazil’s Leandro da Silva insisted he was just “correcting” the pony, but the FEI Tribunal found his behaviour ‘reprehensible.’
German show jumper Kevin Lemke is in hot water after PETA got hold of a video of him striking his mount Good Luck at DIHP.