Equestrian federation gets whipped by HRC for treatment of ...


Equestrian federation gets whipped by HRC for treatment of members

Preliminary commission probe finds that action against the three women was procedurally unfair

Sports reporter

In what is believed to be a first‚ the SA Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) has entered the realm of sports disputes‚ delivering a scathing assessment of the SA Equestrian Federation (SAEF).

The commission said a preliminary probe showed the federation’s actions against three woman members were flawed and “procedurally unfair”‚ that charges against two of them were “capricious” and that federation officials were allegedly conflicted.

Lize Smit‚ a vet‚ and Michelle Behrens and Naomi Müller‚ the suspended president and vice-president of the Western Cape Endurance Riding Association (WCERA)‚ approached the commission in September, saying the federation violated their rights to just administrative action...

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