Byrialsen talks for first time about state of horses

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Warning: Video contains graphic content

Olympic dressage horse owner and breeder John Byrialsen has spoken for the first time since footage emerged of neglected and injured horses purportedly on his Polish stud.

A still from the above video.
A still from the above video.

The anonymous release of the video to dressage websites resulted in authorities visiting his stud operations in Poland and Denmark, according to media reports. At least 50 horses were removed from among 300 at the Polish operation.

The contents of the video sparked anger on social media.

Authorities reportedly inspected his Danish stud on August 13.

Byrialsen, in an interview with tvmidtvest.dk, appeared to acknowledge the state of the animals in Poland.

“It is reprehensible,” he said. “It should not happen, and it happened.”

Byrialsen said he took responsibility for it, as the owner of the company.

“I blame myself. It’s my own fault,” Byrialsen said. “I should have been down here more. I’ve been busy with all sorts of other things … they are insignificant in relation to what has happened here.”

Byrialsen has suffered financial problems and has averted three bankruptcy applications in the last two years, according to media reports.

It had been three months since he last visited his Polish stud, he said, which is understood to be on a rented property.

“This should not be an excuse,” he said, adding that he did not blame any employees.

“It is my responsibility when I have a company and I have some horses. If I were in Poland or Denmark, then it is my responsibility.”

He said he had faced other tasks and challenges, and should have paid the stud more attention.

He should have been at the stud more often, he said.

“I’ve been busy with all sorts of things that are insignificant in relation to the things that have happened here.”

Reports suggest the video of the horses was filmed in May, which would be a month before his last visit.

The Danish evening paper Ekstrabladet and morning paper Berlingske Tidende quoted Danish Warmblood Association president Jan Pedersen as saying: “It is appalling, shocking and I cannot underline distinctly enough how far out this is. It is so horrible that you feel physically ill watching it. I have never ever seen anything like it.”

The YouTube video is entitled “Starved horses in Posadowo”.

The person who uploaded the video said horses were in poor conditions and lacked veterinary care.

“This film documents the condition of horses at the turn of 2012 and 2013 …[we] are publishing it because the official action has not been successful,” the accompanying material said.

 

5 thoughts on “Byrialsen talks for first time about state of horses

  • August 17, 2013 at 9:44 pm
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    You can talk all you want about how bad you feel but it is just bluster.

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  • August 18, 2013 at 2:44 am
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    Thank you to the person who shot the video and had the courage to come forward!!

    No excuse….NONE!!

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    • August 21, 2013 at 8:15 am
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      The person who shot the video wants putting in prison aswell you had video coverage 2012 and 2013 what the hell where they doing in between sat filming dead and dieing horses I would have had someone in there and then that pressure sore didn’t happen over night that horse groaning on the floor whinning for some help I would put them all in prison,i have worked with horses all my life I would NOT allowed that to happen if I worked there.

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      • January 19, 2014 at 12:52 pm
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        You must be a complete ignorant to say that. Many reports have been made to local authorities since the first footage. THere was no response. No action has been taken before a court order could have been issued. Otherwise the person who took the video could have been arrested.
        Everyone is so smart but you have to think that this is not Denmark, UK or Germany were animals have actual rights. It is Poland where no one cares unless media get involved.

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  • August 19, 2013 at 8:36 am
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    Disgusting. The same situation in Skals, his danish stable, so his words that he should be more in Poland…

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