Amy Tryon, the rider of event horse Le Samurai, has until tomorrow (17 May) to decide whether she wants her case of alleged abuse to be referred to an FEI tribunal.

US team rider Amy Tryon is currently at the centre of an alleged abuse case after finishing the cross-country course at Rolex Kentucky three-day event on 28 April despite her horse, Le Samurai, going badly lame before the final fence.

Afterwards, the course vet found Le Samurai to have “lost the supporting ligaments in his front leg”. The event’s ground jury disqualified Miss Tryon, and referred the case to the international Equestrian Federation’s (FEI) judicial committee.

On Monday, the FEI confirmed to H&H that it has received the official reports and video footage from organisers at Kentucky.

Le Samurai was put down on Saturday 5 May following advice from vets. He was being treated at the Hagyard Equine Medical Institute in Lexington.

The FEI has notified Amy Tryon through the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) of her right to be heard before a panel of the FEI Tribunal.

An FEI spokesman told H&H: “Ms Tryon’s response and that of the tribunal panel will determine whether and when a hearing will be scheduled. She has been given until 17 May to inform us whether she would like such a hearing. An update will be released in due course.”

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