Helgstrand Dressage to document all horse coaching in wake of Operation X


  • Helgstrand Dressage will document all coaching at its Danish bases on digicam, in “continued efforts to make sure the best degree of welfare” – within the “wake of recordings of poor using”.

    The information follows the general public backlash to the published of TV2’s documentary Operation X: The Secrets and techniques of the Horse Billionaire, filmed undercover on the stud in January.



    In a press release on 1 December a Helgstrand Dressage spokesman mentioned that from tomorrow (5 December) skilled digicam gear shall be put in in all using halls on the the stud’s three areas in Denmark.

    “Henceforth, all using and coaching shall be recorded all hours of the day,” mentioned the spokesman, including {that a} digicam was already arrange within the using corridor at Helgstrand Academy.

    “This was for the aim of security monitoring slightly than overview of coaching and due to this fact not of ample high quality. New and much more skilled gear is now being put in in all using halls.”

    Helgstrand business director Anders Bjørnstrup mentioned: “As we proceed our efforts to make sure the best degree of animal welfare in using and coaching, now we have now arrange monitoring in all using halls, so we are able to use the footage if we’re alerted to unhealthy using or unethical coaching strategies.

    “Sooner or later, the Danish equestrian federation and the related authorities can conduct random checks at any time, naturally bearing in mind relevant laws.”

    Anders added that he “wish to make it clear that there is no such thing as a discuss of a scientific overview” of Helgstrand Dressage’s coaching.

    “But when a scenario arises, we are able to return and overview for clarification with the assistance of long-range cameras. We additionally see this as a safety measure for our staff, horses and riders,” he mentioned.

    “I hope that the brand new digicam placements may help to reassure each the federation and the authorities that using and coaching is finished correctly.”

    The assertion concluded that the “measure comes within the wake of recordings of poor using at Helgstrand Dressage, recorded in January”. The recordings the stud is referring to included horses’ being ridden and lunged in rollkur (hyperflexion).

    “Since then, now we have labored intensively to introduce a variety of measures and enchancment factors for our animal welfare, enterprise conduct and situations for our staff,” the spokesman mentioned.

    “Amongst different issues, now we have launched a whistleblower program and tightened the rules for coaching and remedy of horses.”

    Final week it was introduced by the Danish federation Dansk Trip Forbund that Andreas Helgstrand shall be excluded from the nationwide crew till at the very least 2025 – and can miss the Paris 2024 Olympics.

    It was additionally confirmed that Andreas and Helgstrand Dressage instructors Thomas Sigtenbjerggaard, Maria Anita Andersen and Ole Hummelshøj, have been excluded from the Danish using teacher affiliation Dansk Trip-Instruktør Forening, and that Helgstrand Dressage will not function as an apprenticeship coaching web site for the Danish grasp rider schooling as of 31 December.

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