International scandal in endurance race in Abu Dhabi

FEI plays get-out-of-jail-free card in latest endurance controversy



It is hard to escape the conclusion that the FEI has chosen to play a get-out-of-jail-free card over the harrowing demise of an Australian-bred endurance horse in a race in Abu Dhabi.

An image which has circulated in social media, and was published by Britain’s Daily Telegraph on Friday, shows Splitters Creek Bundy standing helplessly, having snapped both his cannon bones in the Al Reef Cup, staged a week ago.

The problem? The race over 120km was not an FEI-sanctioned event. It was run under less stringent rules adopted by the United Arab Emirates’ equestrian federation for some domestic endurance races. On that basis, the FEI has no jurisdiction, or, as the Telegraph reported, the world governing body asserted it was “powerless to act”.


 (photo below:, SOURCE:  Horse & Hound)

Splitters Creek Bundy

9 comments on “International scandal in endurance race in Abu Dhabi

  1. Most of us love to watch horses run … there is nothing in the world so beautiful and graceful … but there IS a difference between watching them run naturally (with or without a rider) and this atrocity shown in the article and similar atrocities that happen here in America and here it is in a nutshell:
    Cruelty to animals, also called animal abuse or animal neglect, is the human infliction of suffering or harm upon non-human animals, for purposes other than self-defense or survival.
    My opinion.


    • I agree grandma Greg. Just because the purse is high doesn’t give those barbarians that participate the right to destroy. It’s no more than I expect from the Arabs though…..


  2. USDA is failing miserably! Not that we want to see this but if they would start enforcing the laws just maybe some would end this? I know I’m dreaming but honestly why do they keep ignoring this???? Furious just furious! Stop the friggin breeding people!!! Throwing away a life like a piece of garbage!!!!! People who do this are the lowest piece of trash there is!!!! Ignorant!!!! No souls!


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