A one-year suspended sentence for Kevin Thornton

27 November 2020

In 2017, Kevin Thornton was condemned by the International Equestrian Federation (FEI) for having caused the death of his horse Flogas Sunset Cruise, during the Cagnes-sur-Mer CSI in 2016. The 10-year-old stallion collapsed from exhaustion after a lap of the 2,500-meter racetrack, during which his rider hit him with his whip, causing his heart attack according to the autopsy.

After a four-month suspension was imposed by the FEI, a fine of 5,000 Swiss francs and a high-profile media case, the former Irish rider has just been found guilty by the French justice system of abuse and proven acts of cruelty towards an animal, and sentenced to a 12-month suspended prison sentence, according to Nice Matin. He was also definitively banned from owning an animal and from practicing the profession of being a horseman for five years, which is applicable only in the French territory.

Caroline Montaigne. Featured photo: Sportfot.com