Thursday, March 10, 2011

Jumping: New Zealand: HORSE ABUSE - ESNZ STATEMENT NO.2=

  As Members will be aware from ESNZ’s statement on its website on Sunday 6^th
  March, and in subsequent media coverage, a Show Hunter horse was attacked in
  its yard at the Egmont A&P Showgrounds last Friday night/Saturday morning.
  The horse was competing in the National Showjumping Series Finals staged
  that weekend in Hawera. The horse (Squirt, owned and ridden by Kathryn
  Corry) received burns to the left side of its face caused by the application
  of a chemical substance, possibly creosote, a wood preservative. The
  condition of the horse is improving slowly, though it is not yet known
  whether it will compete at next week’s Horse of the Year Show in Hastings.

  Hawera Police are treating the matter with appropriate seriousness and are
  currently obtaining statements from a number of people involved in the Show
  including other competitors. The Police investigation is likely to take
  several days and it is not known at this stage when conclusions will be
  reached. The Police have repeated their request for any ESNZ Member who has
  information regarding the matter to contact Senior Sergeant Blair Burnett at
  Hawera Police – 06 278 0260.

  ESNZ wishes to reiterate its condemnation of the attack and would like to
  thank all Members who have contacted the organisation to express their
  concern at what has occurred and to offer support and assistance. Our horses
  and ponies are the most important part of our sport and their welfare is
  paramount in the rules and delivery of the sport. ESNZ will determine what
  further action to take after the conclusion of the Police investigation.

  ESNZ has received messages of support from around the world, including this
  statement from Graeme Cooke, the FEI’s Veterinary Director - _“Whilst this
  incident took place at a national Jumping competition in New Zealand and
  therefore does not come under the FEI’s jurisdiction, we join with
  Equestrian Sports New Zealand and everyone in our sport in condemning, in
  the strongest possible terms, this case of apparent horse abuse. The FEI has
  clear rules in place to support the welfare of horses competing at
  International Events. These rules are strictly enforced and any reports of
  abuse are fully investigated. Anyone found guilty of undertaking or
  assisting in such abuse has no part to play in our sport.”_

  ESNZ also wishes to advise Members that comments made on social media
  websites or online forums could be subject to private legal proceedings by
  any defamed party.

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