Brazil Olympian Leandro Aparecido Da Silva Suspended from International Competitions & Events for Mistreatment of Pony
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Dec. 9, 2020
Brazil Olympic rider Leandro Aparecido Da Silva is not allowed to participate in any international competitions or events under a suspension imposed as a result of mistreating a pony in an incident that drew condemnation when shown on social media.
The suspension was imposed effective Dec. 1 by the International Equestrian Federation (FEI) after investigating the incident. The length of the suspension from any involvement, including as a spectator, in international events will depend on a finding by the FEI Tribunal.
The disciplinary action was reported on the official FEI table of suspensions. It came after an investigation by the FEI when the Brazilian Equestrian Sport Tribunal decided it had no jurisdiction over the out-of-competition incident.
Leandro admitted he was the rider of his daughter’s pony as shown on the video.
Leandro, 44 years old, competed for Brazil at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, the 2018 World Equestrian Games in Tryon, and the 2011, 2015 and 2019 Pan American Games.