The FEI announced today that it has opened a case against Irish show jumper Kevin Thornton (FEI ID 10056297) for alleged abuse of the horse Flogas Sunset Cruise (FEI ID 103KQ92) at Cagnes-sur-Mer in France on 10 October 2016. This case, it said, was taken in accordance with Articles 142 and 163 of the FEI General Regulations.
The FEI statement said that “the athlete has been given the opportunity to provide a written reply to the allegations, including any documents, witness statements or other evidence that may be used in any legal proceedings arising out of this case.”
The statement went on: “Once this information has been received and a full case file has been compiled, the FEI will submit the matter to the FEI Tribunal under Article 142.2 of the FEI General Regulations.”
The FEI has said it will not comment further at this time, as the matter is now the subject of legal proceedings.