March 7, 2014
EquestrianMonday, January 13, 2014
Entrepreneur suspected of killing own horse
Lawyer Carlos Córdoba, owner of Haras Ambato, made a legal complaint asking “to investigate Jorge Martínez as a suspect in the killing of Okidoki Z” at his Las Heras Haras. Córdoba sent a mail to the Argentine Equestrian Federation with the complaint after he said the link to the forum he opened on his Facebook page and sent to the FEA’s institutional page was erased.
Martínez is the Argentine Chamber of Meat-packing Plants (Cámara de Industria Frigorífica Argentina de Carnes y Subproductos) president. He also made a complaint to the International Equestrian Federation which responded as follows: “The FEI has contacted the Argentine National Federation about this incident and has been informed, that following a receipt of an official statement, they have convened an emergency meeting of its Board of Directors. This meeting has been called solely for the purpose of investigating this matter. While this incident did not occur at an FEI event, the FEI absolutely condemns all forms of horse abuse and expects the relevant authorities in Argentina to deal with this matter in a speedy and appropriate manner.”
FEA President Jorge Gabriel confirmed that a meeting would be held today at 5pm to deal with the matter. He also said the International Olympic Committee has asked the Argentine Olympic Committee for a report on this issue.
Martínez is accused of shooting the horse after it threw him.
The matter has caused an uproar on the social networks with many people voicing their indignation on the horse’s death. Candelaria Tinelli, a rider and daughter of the well-known TV personality Marcelo, used her Twitter and Facebook accounts to publicly accuse Jorge Martínez of shooting his horse. Eduardo Feinmann interviewed Córdoba on his C5N programme with the lawyer repeating his allegations.
The NGO Argentine Association against Mistreatment of Horses (ACMA) also took to the social networks to declare their total repudiation and indicated their lawyers were working on the case.
The oldest and most prestigious US horse publication, The Chronicle of the Horse, published a post on their forum page titled, “Beautiful stallion cruelly murdered by its owner”.