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Event rider caught on camera beating a horse at the North Otago A&P Show

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The event rider was filmed beating the horse in Oamaru. Video / ODT

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Video has surfaced showing an equestrian event rider tackling a horse, including kicking and punching it, as it backs off during a lengthy beating at North Otago A&P Show, in Oamaru.

Video shared on social media shows a woman beating the horse for about a minute before a member of the show committee intervenes.

Show secretary Katrina Kelly said the incident happened Friday afternoon before the show started.

The rider was cleared for one event before being shown a yellow card and unable to compete for the rest of the show.

“The North Otago A&P Show does not condone the actions of this individual in any way,” Kelly said.

His committee was “disgusted” and had dealt with the incident. The national Royal Agricultural Society had also been notified.

Asked whether the rider would face further disciplinary action, the national group headquarters said: “You will need to contact the relevant association, for anything that happened at the show.”

Kelly said the incident was heartbreaking and that a successful A&P show was tarnished.

She refused to identify the rider.

The incident came just weeks after New Zealand Olympic equestrian champion Sir Mark Todd received international condemnation when a video emerged showing him hitting a horse with a branch.

After this video was released, of an eventing training session in Scotland in 2020, Sir Mark was provisionally suspended by the British Horseracing Authority, and he apologized.

Sir Mark has also stepped down as a patron of the World Horse Welfare charity.

However, he escaped prosecution under Scottish animal welfare law because incidents must be prosecuted within six months of their occurrence.