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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.

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