Rather dated news.
Google will translate.
Regarding the allegations against me and my team: The well-being of the horses is the top priority for me and my team. Only a horse that is treated appropriately, professionally cared for and fed, trained and managed can perform in sport. The horses are our capital, which we take care of day in and day out.
The scenes shown in the article on the riding arena have nothing to do with parallel bars. It is about permitted touching that was carried out by an experienced, experienced horse specialist. The object seen in the video met the requirements of the German Equestrian Association for permissible touching: no longer than three meters, a maximum of two kilograms in weight.
I run my stable as an open stable, where groups of visitors are guests every day, customers pick up their feed for their horses, and “interns” are also welcome. Here you can ride in open spaces and complete daily training. Nothing hidden or prohibited is done.
The fact that the supposedly two-year-long “research” was only able to reveal four scenes showing the touching of a horse shows that this permitted training method is only used very rarely and is not part of our daily work.
The “polygonal poles” found in the barn by the alleged intern are wooden poles that are used exclusively for the construction and repair of our pasture fences. The insulators for the fence tapes attached to the poles are clearly visible in the film. As soon as it is claimed that these are used for parallel bars, this is incorrect.
The same applies to the bars with the “knobs” in the attic. I can only say that these elements have been there for years. These come from a purchased inventory of obstacles and have been sorted out so that they are not used. They are also not used when training with horses. How one of these parts, polished and clean, gets between the common obstacle poles, I can only speculate. For me it is obvious that one of these poles was placed there explicitly for the contribution. We will do further research on this.
I also note:
The withdrawal of my 2004 Olympic gold medal was not based on doping, but on medication that was forbidden at the time.
The part called the “Styrofoam plate” on the training ground is a completely normal catch stand that is used on a daily basis. This is also an indication that the article lacks sufficient expertise.