American show jumping rider Andy Kocher has caused quite a stir in equestrian sports. He has been given a huge suspension, for a very bizarre reason.
Kocher has given his horse electric shocks during several training sessions and official competitions, according to research by the global equestrian association FEI. Kocher did this via electrically charged tracks: by touching his horse with them, the beast received shocks.
Kocher has now been suspended for no less than ten years. During that period, he may of course not participate in the competition, but he may not even be present as a spectator. In addition, he must pay a fine and the legal costs. That amounts to a total of almost 16,000 euros. He will also be retroactively disqualified from any tournament in which he participated between June 2018 and November 2019.
The case started when a whistleblower rang the bell last year at the French equestrian magazine Grand Prix Delay. The FEI then started an investigation and Kocher was provisionally suspended on October 28, 2020, after which it has now been concluded that the allegations are correct. Because the date of the provisional suspension will be used as the starting point of the eventual suspension, Kocher will be allowed to participate in matches again on October 27, 2030.
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Mega suspension after bizarre incidents: jumping rider gave his horse electric shocks | Other sports
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