STATEMENT: RSPCA Prosecution
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British Equestrian and British Dressage are aware of and have been closely monitoring a case brought about by the RSPCA against Sam Duckworth, concerning the neglect of five young horses in his care, causing unnecessary suffering.
We have been in communication with the RSPCA throughout and commend their work to secure a guilty verdict last week. Court proceedings took place over 11 days of hearings at Kidderminster Magistrates Court in September and October, concluding on 9 November. Sam Duckworth is due to appear in court for sentencing on Tuesday 6 December.
We can confirm that the individual in question is currently suspended and not an active member of British Dressage or any member body of British Equestrian. Both organisations have a zero-tolerance approach to equine welfare issues.
Following this conviction, BD will be conducting an independent investigation as part of their own disciplinary processes, due to this serious breach of its equine welfare policies.