NZ SPCA Condemns Cruelty in Elite Olympic Sport

By Nikki Mandow

 As New Zealand’s Olympic dressage hopeful Louisa Hill begins her final preparations for the games in London, cruelty allegations have hit this most elite of sports.

 With less than two weeks before the opening ceremony, the SPCA has joined a group of the world’s most influential animal welfare organisations calling for the practice of excessive tightening of horses’ nosebands in dressage competitions to be outlawed – starting with the Olympics.



  1. The abuses in Dressage training is rampant. This is long over due….they also need to check the nosebands for small nails as well.

  2. frances · ·

    ive been hearing about this, look up anky van gruensven.

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