The shocking footage shared on social media last year taken during the CSI1* in Wiener Neustadt, Germany showed Bernhard Maier crashing his horse, Paddy's Darco, through most of the fences. He carried on despite loud boos and whistles from the audience, until he was eliminated after two refusals. Such behaviour angered our readers, being read over 85,500 times here on Trot On.
The Austrian Equestrian Association imposed a provisional suspension of three months for participation in all equestrian events, on Maier after this event. It was then reported that he had also mistreated another horse - a disciplinary procedure was started against him.
The Austrian federation has now imposed a five-year suspension on Maier and a fine of 1,120 euros.
Bernhard Maier has been found guilty of unsporting behavior and unfair treatment and excessive demands on a horse. He was also found guilty of causing damage to the equestrian sport's reputation.
Maier has announced that he will appeal against the decision. He will also face disciplinary proceedings.