17 Feb 2022

Sir Mark Todd given suspension for hitting horse

From Morning Report, 6:17 am on 17 February 2022

New Zealand Olympian Sir Mark Todd has been given interim suspension by the British Horseracing Authority for repeatedly hitting a horse with a tree branch.

In a video, Sir Todd runs towards the horse and hits it ten times.

The former equestrian champion now trains racehorses in the UK - but he's unable to while investigations continue.

He's also stepped down as a patron of the World Horse Welfare charity, which calls the treatment of the horse "disturbing".

World Horse Welfare chief executive Roly Owers spoke to Corin Dann.