Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Bahrain: Animal abuse rider stripped of medals - Full Article

By AHMED AL OMARI , Posted on » Wednesday, September 17, 2014

A TOP Bahraini rider has been stripped of his medals by the international governing body for horse-riding sports due to animal abuse.

The International Federation for Equestrian Sports (FEI) said on Monday that the winner of His Majesty The King's Cup 120km endurance race in February will have to relinquish his awards.

Two British journalists filed a complaint against the winner, Shaikh Mohammed bin Mubarak Al Khalifa, and his groom over an alleged horse-beating incident.

It related to online video footage showing the horse, Tarabic Carl, beginning to slow before being beaten by two men who appeared from a nearby pickup truck.

The journalists, Pippa Cuckson and Lucy Higginson - both formerly of Horse and Hound magazine, also cited a second video that appeared to show the rider hitting the horse with a lash...

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