The International Federation of Modern Pentathlon (UIPM) announced on Thursday 12 August that the equestrian test would be simplified in the perspective of the Paris Games 2024. The agency aims in particular to reduce obstacles and recreate the course. These adjustments will be put to the vote during the forthcoming congress at the end of November 2021 and may be in place by 2022. A working group will be attached in particular to the presence of horses. On the other hand, a meeting is planned between the international federations of modern pentathlon and equitation.
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In the modern pentathlon, the horses are sorted by the athletes. In Tokyo, German Annika Schleu had all the pains of the world to master his horse, giving him many blows. “Saint Boy” had then multiplied the refusal of obstacles, synonymous with elimination for the first of the provisional ranking.
His coach Kim Raisner then was excluded from the Games by the International Federation to have scored a point on the horse. During the test, she was trained to encourage her athlete to «Frapper» the animal.
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Annika Schleu was explained in the columns of the daily newspaper “Die Zeit”, assuring that there was no “Extremely expensive” with the horse, all knowing that it would have been “A little calmer and more reasonable”.
An animal protection association complains
The trainee had his side affirmed at the SID, a branch of the AFP, that his athlete had “Did not torture the horse, in any way”. Not enough to convince the German Animal Protection Association (Deutscher Tierschutzbund), which announced on Friday 13 August that it had filed a complaint against the Pentathlete, accusing him of harassing his horse. “Sure, an athlete concentrating on the Olympic gold is undergoing enormous stress at the moment, but this is not an excuse for cruelty to animals”, said Thomas Schröder, president of the plaintiffs’ association.
Kim Raisner and Annika Schleu are accused of “Cruel to Animals” et de “Complicity of cruelty to animals”, according to a press release from the association.