HSUS Releases Statement on Dressage Hyperflexion Video

The Humane Society of the United States, has issued a statement concerning a recent Internet video depicting Swedish Olympic rider, Patrik Kittel, riding his stallion, Watermill Scandic, is a state of hyperflexion (known by some in the dressage world as "rollkur") during warm-up at the Odense World Cup competition in Denmark.

 "While no representative of The Humane Society of the United States witnessed the incident depicted in the video of Kittel and his stallion from the Odense World Cup, the images in the video are deeply troubling," said Holly Hazard, The HSUS' chief innovations officer. "We are pleased to see that the international governing body of equestrian sport, The Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI), is investigating. If warranted, we urge the FEI to take appropriate disciplinary action against both Kittel and the ring stewards at the show who failed to act on Watermill Scandic's behalf."

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