Riding star Ludger Beerbaum an animal tormentor? Olympic champion denies allegations

Ludger Beerbaum is one of the most successful riders in the world. A report about cruelty to animals puts the rider in a bad light. But the Olympic champion is now reacting vehemently to the allegations.

The four-time Olympic champion Ludger Beerbaum defended himself against the allegations made in an RTL report on Tuesday of prohibited training methods for show jumping horses on his farm and announced legal action. “RTL extra’s contribution is demonstrably wrong, defamatory and defamatory in many respects,” said a statement published by Beerbaum on Wednesday: “Of course we will take legal action against it. It is unacceptable that it is secretly on my private property and Ground was filmed. “

Previously, the TV broadcaster RTL had raised allegations against a world-class show jumper on Tuesday evening in the program “RTL Extra”. In the article secretly recorded videos were shown in which show jumpers are allegedly trained with the illegal method of so-called barring. A rod is struck against the front legs of the animals when jumping over an obstacle.

“Principles of fair equestrian sport” disregarded

The German Equestrian Association (FN) has condemned the training methods shown in the report for show jumping horses. “Already now, regardless of the contribution shown, we can clearly say that the use of square bars as well as dimpled or spiked bar material is unacceptable and not in accordance with the principles of fair equestrian sport,” said FN General Secretary Soenke Lauterbach in an in the statement of the association published on Wednesday night.

According to the FN, the recordings have been known for a long time. In May 2021, the association based in Warendorf filed a complaint with the NRW police against unknown persons because of the possible violation of the Animal Welfare Act. The FN wanted to inform the public prosecutor’s office about the RTL contribution “so that they can evaluate the facts on the basis of the Animal Welfare Act”.

“Take allegations very seriously”

“As we have already expressed to RTL in 2020 and 2021, we take the allegations very seriously. That is precisely why we will carefully analyze the footage broadcast on Tuesday evening and then draw appropriate conclusions on how to proceed,” said Lauterbach.

In order to be able to make a “serious assessment of the facts”, all video and evidence are required, he said.

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