An International Equestrian Federation (FEI) tribunal has denied FEI bosses permission to suspend show jumper Marco Kutscher and former German federation secretary-general Hanfried Haring.

The FEI had announced it wished to suspend the German rider from competition and Mr Haring from the FEI Bureau until the result of a probe by an ethics panel (news, 4 June).

Mr Kutscher, Mr Haring and former team vet Bjorn Notling are being investigated for horse abuse following allegations that treatment given to Mr Kutscher’s horse at the 2008 Olympics caused it to collapse.

A separate investigation into Mr Notling’s actions is ongoing.

This article was first published in Horse & Hound (11 June, ’09)