It is clear that Sir Mark Todd will be returning to training after being suspended for four months, two of which have already served with two others suspended, for colliding with a horse with a branch.
The New Zealander, best known for his exploits as a three-day Olympic champion, had his training license temporarily suspended by the BHA on February 16 after a video emerged on social media of him hitting a horse with a horse. branch in August. 2020.
In the clip, Todd appears to be teaching a cross-country exercise in which a jockey struggles to jump a horse into the water, with the 65-year-old – who was knighted in 2013 for services to the equestrian sport – then brandishes a branch and hits the horse multiple times on his ass.
Todd’s case was heard in private on Thursday, with committee chair Brian Parker announcing the suspension of Wiltshire’s manager.
Since Todd has already served a two-month ban, he will now be able to make entries with immediate effect.
Todd earned his UK training license in 2019 after his illustrious career in event racing, and secured his first of 14 winners so far with Petit Bay in June 2020, while Tasman Bay, runner-up to last year’s King Edward VII Stakes, ranks as the best His horse in the race. path. Until now.
Parker said: “The appropriate penalty is a four-month suspension, two-month suspension.
“This means that the eight weeks he has already spent is sufficient and that Sir Mark is able to operate under his license immediately, moreover, provided there are no abuses for the next two months until June 14, this postponement will disappear.”
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