Reports of horses found starving at an international farm of breeder John Byrialsen surfaced and action is underway. Danish authorities are reportedly now searching his farm in Denmark.
Byrialsen who owns Viergaard Stud is best known in North America as a co-owner of the United States Olympic dressage mount Calecto V. Tina Konyot, is also a co-owner of the horse and competed Calecto V at the 2010 World Equestrian Games and the 2012 Olympics for the United States.
The horses seen in the video are allegedly located at Byrialsen’s farm in Poland. Many are emaciated, and others are deceased. Some of the horses have open, festering wounds. The video is horrific, shocking and difficult to watch. The Danish Warmblood association’s chairman Jan Pedersen said in a statement to BT.dk, “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.”