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Eventers suspended after assault convictions

Matthew Wright, pictured on If You Want It II, at an Express Eventing competition at Bolesworth in 2011.

Matthew Wright, pictured on If You Want It II, at an Express Eventing competition at Bolesworth in 2011. © Jon Stroud

Two British eventing riders have been suspended from competition after being convicted on assault charges after an incident at a party during the Houghton Hall Horse Trials last May.

Matthew Heath and Matthew Wright were convicted by the Magistrates’ Court, and both have also accepted that under British Eventing’s Rules they had brought the sport into disrepute.

“Given the seriousness of these rule breaches the matter was referred to British Eventing’s Disciplinary Committee to consider,” British Eventing said.

The Disciplinary Committee reviewed the evidence and concluded that Matthew Heath should be suspended for a further six weeks and Matthew Wright for a further 24 weeks, with the suspensions to begin on March 2.

At the time of the incident, Heath and Wright were arrested by Norfolk police on suspicion of assault. They were questioned and released on bail.

British Eventing suspended both riders from competing from May 27 until June 12, while it awaited the completion of the police investigation.

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