Coach Kim Raisner was disqualified from the Olympics after she was captured hitting horse Saint Boy with her fist while trying to assist German rider Annika Schleu, who was struggling to get the horse to trot and jump during the women’s show jumping event on 6 August.
In addition to widespread criticism of Raisner’s behaviour, Schleu also faced backlash from Olympic viewers for her use of a whip as she tried to begin her round during the Games.
On Friday, the Big Bang Theory actor addressed the incident on her Instagram Stories, where she described it as a “disgrace” and revealed that she would “buy that horse outright” to “show it the life it should have”.
“I feel it’s my duty and heart to comment on this disgrace… this is not Olympic show jumping. This is a disgusting classless abusive representation of our sport in so many ways. This team should be ashamed of themselves,” Cuoco wrote alongside a photo of Schleu, who could be seen crying while struggling to get Saint Boy to jump.
The actor, who is also an avid equestrian and is married to horse trainer Karl Cook, then continued: “You and your team did not do your country proud or this sport. You make us look bad. Shame on you and godspeed to any animal that comes in contact with you.”
In another post, Cuoco said the behaviour displayed at the Olympics by Raisner, who was also reportedly heard telling Schleu to hit the horse harder, and the athlete, was “disgusting on all levels”.
“This is not our sport. This does not represent our sport. This rider and her ‘trainer’ are a disgrace. I’ll buy that horse outright and show it the life it should have,” Cuoco continued. “Name your price.”
In follow-up posts, The Flight Attendant star confirmed that she was serious about her offer to buy Saint Boy, with the 35-year-old sharing a screenshot of a news report about her claim and adding: “Oh I wasn’t kidding.”
Following the incident at the Tokyo Games, modern pentathlon’s world governing body, UIPM, announced it would be launching a review into the women’s show jumping event.
In a statement, the UIPM also said it would be reinforcing the “importance of horse welfare and athlete safety across the entire global competition structure” and that it “regrets the trauma suffered by Saint Boy in this high-profile incident”.
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