Splitters Creek Bundy died after breaking both front legs in January.
The National Federation of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has been suspended by the international equestrian governing body indefinitely due to “major horse welfare issues” and non-compliance with Endurance rules.
The Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI) said the UAE is prohibited from organizing international events and its members are banned from competing at the international level effective immediately.
“Sadly this was the only option left, but we have to take our responsibility and must never be afraid of tackling major issues head-on,” FEI President Ingmar De Vos said. “Where horse welfare is concerned the FEI has to show leadership and solve problems in a structural way without making any concessions.”
The FEI took action last month against the UAE by removing two FEI sanctioned races. The move was precipitated by images showing a horse with two broken forelegs dying at a national-level race in Abu Dhabi.
The FEI is also investigating allegations of fake events and duplication of event results in the UAE. The UAE Federation has 30 days to appeal the suspension to the FEI Tribunal.