PETA Germany wants horse trials banned

Dirk Schrade (GER) and King Artus
Dirk Schrade (GER) and King Artus. © Mike Bain

PETA in Germany has called for the end of the sport of eventing in the country following the death of  Dirk Schrade’s horse King Artus at the Wiesbaden horse trials last month.

King Artus, who was in the gold-medal winning team at the London 2012 Olympics, died of a suspected aortic tear at the finish of the cross-country.

“The tragic death of King Artus shows [the stress on horses in eventing],” said PETA Germany campaign manager Jennifer Kirchner. “Horses are sensitive animals. Rushing for time on dangerous obstacles is animal cruelty. Again and again it causes serious accidents to horse and rider.”

The animal rights groups has called for an end to the discipline in Germany and is appealing to all animal lovers to refrain from attending such events.

“While horse and rider galloping on natural jumps, jumping obstacles and solid wood deep trenches, animals are regularly hurt so badly that they have to be euthanized. For the riders, the risk is equally high. In recent years, several athletes were killed worldwide in equestrian events, including two riders from Germany,” a PETA Germany statement said.



Original statement:

Pferd von Olympiasieger Dirk Schrade stirbt nach Geländeprüfung: PETA übt scharfe Kritik an Pfingstturnier in Wiesbaden

Tierrechtsorganisation fordert Ende des Vielseitigkeitsreitens in Deutschland

Tod beim Pfingstturnier in Wiesbaden: Nachdem Olympiasieger Dirk Schrade am Samstag mit seinem Pferd King Artus den Geländekurs absolvierte, starb der 17-jährige Wallach kurz nach Überqueren der Ziellinie – vermutlich an einem Aortenabriss. Die Tierrechtsorganisation PETA Deutschland e.V. übt nun scharfe Kritik an dem Wettkampf, denn insbesondere bei Vielseitigkeitsprüfungen ereignen sich häufig schwere Unfälle. Der Geländeritt muss in einer bestimmten Zeit durchlaufen werden – überschreiten Reiter die Zeit, bekommen sie Strafpunkte. Die Tierrechtsorganisation fordert ein Ende des Vielseitigkeitsreitens in Deutschland und appelliert an alle Tierfreunde, vom Besuch derartiger Veranstaltungen abzusehen.

„Der tragische Tod von King Artus zeigt, dass Vielseitigkeitsprüfungen Pferde an die Belastungsgrenze führen“, so PETA-Kampagnenleiterin Jennifer Kirchner. „Pferde sind sensible Lebewesen. Sie unter Zeitdruck über gefährliche Hindernisse zu hetzen, ist Tierquälerei. Immer wieder kommt es zu schweren Unfällen von Pferd und Reiter.“

Das Vielseitigkeitsreiten, auch Military genannt, kombiniert Prüfungen aus der Dressur, dem Springreiten und einem Geländeritt. Während Pferd und Reiter im Galopp über Natursprünge, feste Holzhindernisse und tiefe Gräben springen, verletzen sich regelmäßig Tiere so schwer, dass sie eingeschläfert werden müssen. Für die Reiter ist das Risiko gleichermaßen hoch. In den vergangenen Jahren kamen weltweit mehrere Sportler bei Reitturnieren ums Leben, darunter zwei Reiterinnen aus Deutschland.

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5 thoughts on “PETA Germany wants horse trials banned

  • June 3, 2013 at 12:42 pm


    • June 4, 2013 at 10:00 am

      I agree with you Lisa but I have never met anyone who’s gotten rich from eventing. If anything, it’s a great way to lose money. There’s a saying – “What’s the easiest way to make a small fortune with horses? Start with a large one”….

  • June 3, 2013 at 12:45 pm

    I agree with many of PETA’s causes but they are barking up the wrong tree on this one. They have no idea of the care, respect & training that goes into having an eventer. No-one deliberately wants to have a horse die at an event – there is no intent or negilgence, accidents do happen. Sometimes when our time is up, it is up! Maybe PETA needs to focus on banning automobiles ‘because they kill people’ – an equally crazy concept.
    Come on PETA get with it & sort your shit out, you lose a lot of cred with this one!!

  • June 3, 2013 at 4:15 pm

    Aortic tears are not necessarily a sign of stressed training,it can happen when your horse is just frolicking around your land. I am a horse person who loves these animals dearly and can tell you this is not cruelty and PETA just wants an excuse to further put pressure on people who do anything with animals, even animal lovers who give the best care there friends while they euthanize 90% of the animals that come into their possession.

  • June 5, 2013 at 10:20 am

    PETA, please. Just please. I’m starting to think a lot of PETA’s causes are just one person being upset about some random thing and everyone else just decides to jump on the bandwagon. A lot of their complaints irritate the heck out of me, they’re very ignorant on a lot of what actually goes on. Especially in the horse world.
    Can we start a campaign to get PETA to chill out? I mean jeez. Hearts in the right place (for the most part) but soooo illogical.


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