The Hampton Classic Horse Show, held August 23 – 30th, 2015 in Bridgehampton, NY confirmed that an exhibitor competing in National level classes was found to be engaging in abusive practices on show grounds and was barred from further competition.
“The Hampton Classic considers the welfare of the horse to be of utmost importance and has absolutely no tolerance for abuse,” stated Shanette Barth Cohen, Executive Director of the Hampton Classic Horse Show.
The incident in question was first noticed by a schooling supervisor who reported it to show stewards. The stewards, with the assistance of the show veterinarian, looked into the matter immediately and confirmed evidence of abuse. The rider and his horses were barred from further competition and instructed to leave the Hampton Classic immediately.
“I truly appreciate the diligent attention our schooling supervisor, the USEF stewards, the veterinarians, and our Equestrian Manager took in performing their jobs throughout the process,” Cohen said.
A report has been filed with USEF with the recommendation that charges of abuse be brought against the individual, Devin Ryan of River Run Stables in Long Valley, NJ. All results and placings earned by the rider and horses involved will stand as posted pending USEF action. The United States Equestrian Federation outlines its Horse Welfare guidelines in GR839 of the USEF Rulebook.
The Hampton Classic Horse Show is a designated USEF Heritage Competition, and the show works closely with the support of the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals to promote animal welfare throughout the year. On Monday, August 24th, The Hampton Classic hosted its annual ASPCA Adoption & Animal Welfare Day on the showgrounds,