The Arab Horse Society (AHS) has suspended one of its judges after he received a police caution following an incident at a show in August.
Emrys Jones, a respected breeder who has been judging for 23 years, was arrested after an alleged assault on another exhibitor in the bar at the International Arabian Show at Towerlands in August.
Although the AHS does not run the show, its council considered the incidents, which included a second alleged assault, and decided to suspend Jones from the judges’ panel for two years. The council has written to all parties in both incidents warning that any further incident will result in disciplinary action.
Alastair McLeod, chairman of the AHS council, explains: “As a judge, Mr Jones is an ambassador for the breed and the society, and as such is expected to display the highest standards of behaviour, not only while judging but at all times outside the ring.
“While accepting there may have been some long-standing provocation between those involved, the AHS council finds such behaviour unacceptable.”
South Wales-based Jones, whose family stud, Bychan Arabians, has been breeding and showing horses for 40 years, says: “I am appalled by the council’s decision. My only actions were to defend my daughter against verbal attack. I have wide support in the Arabian world, except from a few jealous society members.”