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Amy Tryon found guilty by the FEI

Top American rider Amy Tryon has been found guilty of abuse for failing to pull up the injured Le Samurai at the Rolex Kentucky three-day event in April.

But, crucially, the International Equestrian Federation (FEI) tribunal that examined the case has ruled that the abuse was unintentional. As such, Amy, a World Equestrian Games bronze medallist, has been banned from competition for two months and ordered to pay £1,013 in fines and costs.

If the tribunal had found the abuse to be intentional, Amy could have faced a life ban.

Le Samurai, who had been leading the competition after the dressage phrase, went badly lame prior to the final fence on the cross-country course. Amy continued to ride him to the finish and afterwards it was discovered that he had sustained a severe ligament injury. Despite efforts to save him, Le Samurai was put down on 5 May.

A video clip of the incident was posted on YouTube and was the subject of heated debate on the H&H forum.

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