The dressage world - and any caring person who has seen the news - has been shocked to hear of an abuse case coming from somewhere where we should least expect it to happen
John Byrialsen who owns properties in Poland and Denmark has been accused of neglect following raids on both of his properties. He is best known in Europe as the part owner of Collecto V who competed in the 2010 World Equestrian Games and in the 2012 Olympics for the US
Byrialsen is also the owner of Collecto's sire Comeback II
On August 11 a Polish newspaper reported that police and local animal rescue groups removed 50 of the worst horses of the 300 he was keeping there
Danish police and a local Veterinary Inspection Team found 15 starving horses, 1 in need of Vet care and 9 in need of farrier attention at his facility in that country
A spokesman from the Danish Warmblood Society has expressed his horror at what was found there
Its sad that we are almost becoming used to these stories coming from places we regard as low rate establishments but even worse when they are happening on professional yards and under the direct eye of people who should be setting a good example to the horse world.
This video footage was released. It is absolutely sickening.