American team rider Amy Tryon has requested a hearing in front of the equestrian sport’s governing body — the International Equestrian Federation (FEI) — following alleged abuse against her horse, Le Samurai.
She will appear in front of the FEI’s judicial committee in Lausanne, Switzerland on 25 June.
One of Amy’s top rides, Le Samurai, went badly lame on the cross-country course at the Rolex Kentucky three-day event on 28 April. Le Samurai finished the cross-country course, but was afterwards found by the course vet to have “lost the supporting ligaments in his front leg”. He was put down a week later.
The ground jury at Rolex Kentucky disqualified Amy Tryon at the time, and referred the case to the FEI.
A video of the event was posted on YouTube, showing the pair finishing the course despite the gelding visibly faltering. The story has caused huge debate on website forums around the world.
The United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) has said it will guide its team rider Amy through the FEI hearing process and enforce any decision taken by equestrian sport’s governing body.