AN investigation into allegations of inappropriate training methods at some official Horse Sport Ireland training events has found that none of the allegations in question were upheld.

Barrister and sports law specialist, Susan Ahern BL, was appointed by HSI to conduct the investigation into the allegations which came to light when an anonymous letter, containing allegations of ‘rapping’, was sent to Sport Ireland.

A statement from Horse Sport Ireland said: “On foot of a complaint that made allegations regarding inappropriate training methods, Horse Sport Ireland appointed an independent expert late last year to formally investigate the matter. Susan Ahern BL, who is a barrister and sports law specialist, completed her independent report in recent days. The investigation found that none of the allegations in question were upheld.

“Horse Sport Ireland puts equine welfare at the heart of its role as the governing body for equestrian sport in Ireland and followed best practice by establishing an independent process to investigate the complaint. As the investigation has now been concluded, Horse Sport Ireland can make no further comment in relation to this matter.”

Andrew Coonan of Coonan Cawley Solicitors, commented: “Having acted for one of the parties, I am delighted with the result which was entirely expected. At no point could I see any substantiated evidence.

“I am surprised Horse Sport Ireland called an independent enquiry given it was an anonymous complaint. Something like this costs a substantial sum of money, which would be far better used within the sport itself.”