Leprevost Faces No Penalties After World Cup Incident

Apr 26, 2016 - 5:54 AM
French rider Penelope Leprevost came under scrutiny after a video was released of a warm-up incident during the Longines FEI World Cup Show Jumping Final. Photo by Kat Netzler.

Following an incident in the warm-up ring at the Longines FEI World Cup Show Jumping Final (Sweden), the Fédération Equestre Internationale announced it’s not taking action against French rider Penelope Leprevost.

Leprevost was videoed riding Vagabond de la Pomme when the horse stumbled. Leprevost stopped him, appeared to check him over and then kicked him forward. Leprevost released an apology on social media a few days after the incident.

“Reports have been received from the chief steward, who had been briefed about the incident by the steward on duty at the time,” stated an FEI spokesperson. “The rider has also been spoken to. Leprevost has stated publicly that she regrets her actions and expressed her remorse for overreacting in the heat of the moment. She has said that this sort of incident will not happen again, and that the welfare of her horses is extremely important to her.

“After the incident, Vagabond de la Pomme was given a thorough check over in the stables by the French team veterinarian Jérôme Thévenot, who reported that the horse was fit to compete,” continued the FEI statement. “The FEI is assured that such an incident will not occur again and, in light of this, no further action will be taken.” 

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