News : Riding: World Federation FEI bans dressage rider Leandro Aparecido Da Silva for three years
The World Equestrian Federation FEI has banned the Brazilian Olympic dressage rider Leandro Aparecido Da Silva for three years worldwide for cruelty to animals. A video appeared on the internet last year. You can see a man riding a very small pony, pulling the animal jerkily on the reins and striking with the ends of the reins. The 45-year-old Da Silva then identified himself as the rider, writes the FEI in a message.
In another video, the animal is forced to jump over an obstacle, in the process it falls and overturns. Laughter can be heard in the background. Here Da Silva stated that the rider was his son.
National association did not feel responsible
The Brazilian federation, for which Da Silva competed at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing and at the 2018 World Championships in Tryon, had declared that it was not responsible with reference to the private area of the rider. The world association now intervened and locked Da Silva with reference to Article 142 of the rules, in which violence against horses is strictly forbidden.
According to the judgment of the association, the rider stated that he wanted to “correct” the animal after it had bitten his youngest daughter. It was not about animal cruelty in the sense of the definition in the rules of the Brazilian Equestrian Federation, because the pony was neither subjected to psychological trauma nor injury. The video was “misinterpreted”.
Da Silva has to pay a fine of 5,000 Swiss francs and pay the legal costs of 2,000 francs. The rider has 21 days to appeal the decision before the international sports court Cas, announced the FEI.