A second British rider is at the centre of a social media storm over whip abuse.
Show jumper Ben Talbot, 32, who is based in the Netherlands was expelled from a four-star show in Germany at the weekend after striking his horse, Everglade six times when the grey refused.
The incident occurred at the Gros Viegeln show, organized by leading rider Holger Wulschner, who has made the following statement
"During the two-phase jumping competition there was a disturbing scene in the big arena. British (rider) Ben Talbot punished his horse Everglade with such hardness that he was called directly to the judges box." The Judges with Rob Hatz, Peter-Jürgen Nissen and Bent Schultz and show master Holger Wulschner agreed immediately. Talbot was expelled from the tournament. "I have absolutely no understanding for this behavior", stressed Wulschner. "We have to make a clear position and draw signs." Viewers welcomed this quick and clear decision with loud applause."
Since this incident, there have been social media demands for both the FEI and British Showjumping to take action. The FEI is reviewing eventing whip rules following the furore over Oliver Townend at Badminton. Talbot also jabbed the nine-year-old in the mouth as he rode away from the fence, after the commentator asked him to stop and visit the judges’ box immediately.
“It was a reaction from anger, it should never have happened. I care a lot about my horses and they always come first to me. I understand very well that I was wrong. For now, we are waiting for the consequences.”
“I am very sad and sorry for what happened this weekend. My reaction was wrong and there are no words ..., as most of my friends know I love my horses.”
Both the FEI and British Showjumping have been asked for comment.