RSPCA ‘congratulated’ after Grand Prix rider convicted of equine welfare charges
British Equestrian (BEF) and British Dressage (BD) “welcomed” the work of the RSPCA to obtain a guilty verdict against a Grand Prix driver.
H&H reported last week that Sam Duckworth, of Newmarket Road, Cambridgeshire, had been found guilty of causing unnecessary suffering to five young horses in his care – three fillies and two colts – by failing to investigate and address the cause of their poor condition and weight loss. The 42-year-old will not be sentenced until December 6.
In a joint statement, the BEF and BD said: “British Equestrian and British Dressage are aware of and are closely following a case brought by the RSPCA against Sam Duckworth, relating to the neglect of five young horses in his care, causing suffering useless. .
“We have been in communication with the RSPCA throughout and welcome their work in securing a guilty verdict last week. The legal proceedings took place over 11 days of hearings at Kidderminster Magistrates’ Court in September and October, ending on 9 November.
The organizations have confirmed that the rider, who was also found guilty of failing to take steps to meet the needs of the same five horses, failing to provide an adequate pest control plan, requiring farriery and a suitable diet, and for having failed to consult a veterinarian because of the poor condition of the animals. is suspended and is not an active member of BD, or any other BEF member body.
“Both organizations have a zero-tolerance approach to equine welfare issues,” the statement read.
“Following this conviction, BD will conduct an independent investigation as part of its own disciplinary proceedings, due to this serious violation of its equine welfare Strategies.”
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