The International Modern Pentathlon Federation (UIPM) announced Thursday, August 12 that the riding event would be simplified in view of the Paris 2024 Games. The body plans in particular to lower the obstacles and shorten the course. These adjustments will be put to a vote at the next congress at the end of November 2021 and could be put in place as early as 2022. A working group will focus in particular on the welfare of horses. On the other hand, a meeting is planned between the international federations of modern pentathlon and equestrianism.
A coach excluded from the Games
In modern pentathlon, horses are drawn by the athletes. In Tokyo, the German Annika Schleu had had all the trouble in the world to control her horse, giving it many strokes with the whip. “Saint Boy” then multiplied the refusals of obstacles, synonymous with elimination for the first in the provisional classification.
His coach Kim Raisner was then excluded from the Games by the international federation for having punched the horse. During the test, she had been heard encouraging her athlete to ” to hit “ the animal.
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Annika Schleu had explained herself in the columns of the daily “Die Zeit”, assuring that she had not been “Extremely hard” with the horse, while acknowledging that she could have been “A little more calm and reasonable”.
An animal protection association files a complaint
The trainer had for her part affirmed to the SID, a subsidiary of AFP, that her athlete had “Not tortured the horse, in any way”. Not enough to convince the German association for the protection of animals (Deutscher Tierschutzbund), which announces this Friday, August 13 to have lodged a complaint against the pentathlete, accusing her of having mistreated her horse. “Sure, an athlete focused on Olympic gold is under tremendous stress at this point, but that’s no excuse for animal cruelty.”, opined Thomas Schröder, president of the complainant association.
Kim Raisner and Annika Schleu are accused of ” animal cruelty “ and of “Complicity in cruelty to animals”, according to a press release from the association.