Andreas Helgstrand Acquitted

In April, Danish dressage rider Andreas Helgstrand was reported to the police for animal cruelty due to photographs and video films of his top horse Akeem Foldager, which had been recorded by Internet-TV Epona TV during his open-house day, showing the horse’s purple tongue as well as excessive use of spurs. Now, however, the Court of Aalborg has acquitted him of all charges. The court states as reason for the acquittal that there was no sufficient evidence that the horse had suffered any harm according to he animal protection laws § 1, 2 and 17. The rider spoke out on his homepage: “I am very happy about the court’s ruling. It is very important for me, personally, but also for the sport in general. It was a difficult time being accused of a crime; but my family and I will now concentrate on the future instead.”