Thursday 10 November - 16h54 | Lulu Kyriacou/FEI
FEI To Investigate Kevin Thornton Case
The FEI have announced that they will be investigation the accusations of abuse levelled at Swiss based Irish showjumper Kevin Thornton after one of his horses died at a CSI2* show in France.
The case made international headlines as it was reported in four countries in three different languages before Grand Prix wrote of the accusation in English. Thornton subsequently issued a rebuttal which included a statement from his vet, who was present at the autopsy on the horse in question.
The FEI statement reads as follows:
"FEI opens case against Irish Jumping athlete Kevin Thornton
The FEI has opened a case against Irish Jumping athlete Kevin Thornton (FEI ID 10056297) for alleged abuse of the horse Flogas Sunset Cruise (FEI ID 103KQ92) at Cagnes-sur-Mer (FRA) on 10 October 2016. This case is taken in accordance with Articles 142 and 163 of the FEI General Regulations.
The athlete has been given the opportunity to provide a written reply to the allegations, including any documents, witness statements or other evidence that may be used in any legal proceedings arising out of this case.
Once this information has been received and a full case file has been compiled, the FEI will submit the matter to the FEI Tribunal under Article 142.2 of the FEI General Regulations.
As the matter is now the subject of legal proceedings, the FEI will not comment further at this time."
As this matter is now being investigated, Grand Prix will not be commenting further until the investigation is completed.