Alleged Abuse During Rolex


The FEI was notified of an alleged case of abuse which occurred during the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event (CCI****) in Lexington, Ky., on Saturday, April 28, involving competitor Amy Tyron (USA) and Le Samurai.

The preliminary investigation was conducted according to the regulations, whereby the Ground Jury met on Saturday following the cross country to investigate an incident of alleged abuse before fence 34. The Ground Jury collected written statements from the Fence Judges and Sector Steward and reviewed the video as well as interviewing the FEI Veterinary Delegate, Dr. Catherine Kohn. The rider, Amy Tyron, was interviewed on Sunday immediately after the morning horse inspection and gave her account of the incident. Following the interview, the Ground Jury referred the matter to the Appeal Committee. The Appeal Committee, in full possession of all the written statements and video recording, made the following decision:

According to article 164.4.5 of the FEI General Regulations: “In serious cases, immediate disqualification with one or more horses from a competition or from the whole event with a referral to the Secretary General (for referral to the Judicial Committee).”

Once the FEI has collected all reports and evidence, the case will be submitted to the Tribunal (the former Judicial Committee) and all the relevant evidence will be reviewed prior to any decision being made.

The FEI takes these matters very seriously and endeavors to ensure that the welfare of the horse is a priority.

**Latest Update** 06/05/2007**

Update regarding the case of alleged abuse at CCI 4* Lexington (USA) In relation to the case of alleged abuse involving rider Amy Tryon (USA) and horse Le Samurai which occurred on 28 April 2007 at CCI 4* Lexington, please be informed that rider Amy Tryon has requested a hearing and in turn, the FEI has scheduled a hearing to be held on 25 June in Lausanne.

More News About This Story:

USEF Statement on the Injury to Le Samurai

Statement From Amy Tryon

Team Tryon Website

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  1. Personally you can feel when a horse comes off fence inproperally. She should have NOT pushed her horse to the finish and pulled up right AFTER the fence.

  2. I think it is great that this group takes these things so serious. I know of several other associations who should follow in thier footsteps. Many horses would greatly benifit.

  3. I’m sure there will be a thorough investigation. The USEF and FEI can absolutely not allow abuse to happen in an event of this stature. However, we should all keep a cool head about this and leave it to the authorities to decide what really happened here — after all, nobody who has come this far in such a difficult equestrian sport, requiring true horsemanship all around — could possibly have based their success on abuse! Eventing takes way too much team work and trust between horse and rider, and ultimately, nobody can force a horse to do something it really doesn’t want to do. Before we scream abuse, we should accept that Amy Tryon is a consummate horsewoman to have come this far, and give her the benefit of the doubt.

  4. Abuse is to strong a word to use about this tragedy. Amy would never have completed the course if she felt in any way La Samurai was injured. I think people are being extremely harsh on her. My sympathy goes out to La Samurai, Amy, and his owners. Bless them for standing by Amy side, it was a horrible accident but not her fault.


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