Justice for pony abused by Olympian, Leandro Da Silva

Justice for pony abused by Olympian, Leandro Da Silva

August 4, 2020
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FEI Legal Office Mikael Rentsch and 5 others
Signatures: 15,773Next Goal: 25,000
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Why this petition matters

Started by karen petty

The Federation Equestre Internationale's (FEI) mission is to provide the "guaranteed athlete welfare, equal opportunity and ethical partnership with the horse."  They have the responsibility to intervene when one of their human athletes, in this case, the Brazilian dressage Olympian, Leandro Aparacedio da Silva, is abusing horses or humans, as evidenced in the videos posted below. 

Please sign this petition to get the FEI to intervene on behalf of this poor pony and prevent Mr. da Silva from further abusing this pony or others in his care. 

Father and Son Abusing Small Pony
Posted on Sunday 12 July 2020, the video shows the 44-year old Leandro Aparecido da Silva riding a small pony and severely yanking it in its mouth with the reins, while a by-stander (identified as his son) is laughing. 


The video went viral after Leandro's son shared the clip with friends. Leandro stated in Brazilian equestrian magazine "Horse" that it was shared "in a playful way" by his son, "to show his father on a pony."

The video is apparently a few months old, taken not long after the 7-year old pony arrived in his stable in Boituva, near Sao Paulo. The pony was purchased as a ride for Leandro's 7 and 2-year old daughter. 

The abuse is not a one-time incident. There is a second video, which shows Leandro's 20-year old son jumping the same small pony and crashing into an obstacle, because the pony can barely jump the height with the weight of his rider on its back. The pony suffers a dangerous, rotational fall and lands on its back! An unidentified by-stander is laughing at the situation. 


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Signatures: 15,773Next Goal: 25,000
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Decision Makers

  • Mikael RentschFEI Legal Office
  • Bettina de RhamDirector FEI Dressage
  • Ingmar De VosPresident FEI
  • Francisco Porras LimaDirector Governance & Institutional Affairs
  • Göran ÅkerströmVeterinarian FEI