FIVE-YEAR BAN FOR SHOWJUMPER
THE video was released during the same week Austrian showjumper Bernhard Maier was banned from equestrian events for five years.
Mr Maier, whose round on Paddys Darco that ended in elimination at a one-star show in June 2017 was filmed and widely shared online, is forbidden to enter events until December 2022, as a rider, spectator or coach. He was also fined €5,000 (£4,400).
The Austrian federation said the rider had shown “unsportsmanlike behaviour”, threats to third parties and “overburdening” his horse, as well as “damaging the reputation of equestrian sports”.
The punishment was not only for the show in June, the federation clarified, as there had been a negative response to his riding last March, as well as arguments at shows.
A report to which the federation’s statement directs online readers states that his “list of offences was long”.
Last June, Mr Maier released a statement in which he admitted he is not a strong rider, but that he had completed harder courses than the one shown in the video. He said he had been suffering from cardiac problems and was not feeling well, and that a smear campaign was being run against him, which he believed was due to envy of himself and his daughter, showjumper Johanna Sixt.
“It always has been important to me that the sport is fair and good sporting results are achieved for [Austrian riding],” he said.