Revealed: Huntswoman caught on camera kicking and slapping a horse in the face is a married primary school teacher who is a Pony Club team leader as she faces RSPCA probe
- Shocking video shows woman appear to kick and slap a horse after a hunt event
- Incident caught on camera by Hertfordshire Hunt Saboteurs campaign group
- Footage branded ‘upsetting’ by RSPCA while governing body condemns actions
A female foxhunter who was filmed appearing to punch and kick a horse is a married primary school teacher who is a team leader of her local Pony Club, MailOnline can reveal.
Sarah Moulds, 37 from Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire is being investigated by the RSPCA after the shocking video sparked outrage online and was viewed more than two million times.
Moulds, a mother of two, is a teacher at Somerby Primary School and a director of the Knossington & Somerby Pre-School, Leicestershire.
Social media listings show that she is a team leader of the Cottesmore branch of the Pony Club in Leicestershire.
The video of her allegedly attacking a horse was shared by Hertfordshire Hunt Saboteurs, an anti-hunting campaign group, and has been condemned by the UK’s national body for hunting.
A female foxhunter who was filmed appearing to punch and kick a horse has been identified as Sarah Moulds, a married primary school teacher who is a team leader of her local Pony Club
This is the shocking moment a female rider appears to kick and repeatedly slap a horse after a hunting event organised by Cottesmore Hunt, a group based in Rutland, East Midlands
In the footage, a white horse trots away from the back of a horse trailer before it is stopped by a young rider.
A woman dressed in cream breeches and a navy jacket then grabs the reins of the horse before she kicks its torso and slaps it repeatedly in the face as it tries to pull away.
The Hertfordshire Hunt Saboteurs, who say they use ‘non-violent direct action to save wildlife’, shared the video on its Twitter page and tagged the RSPCA.
The group said on Sunday that the incident took place on Saturday afternoon after a Cottesmore Hunt, one of the oldest hunts in Britain.
Cottesmore Hunt said it did not condone the actions shown in the video ‘under any circumstances’.
The RSPCA has also confirmed it is launching an investigation into the incident after the video sparked outrage online.
The RSPCA described the incident as ‘upsetting’ and appealed for witnesses to get in touch
The charity acknowledged it had been made aware and said: ‘This footage is upsetting. We will always look into, and if necessary, investigate any complaints made to us about animal welfare.
‘We would urge anyone with first hand information about this incident to contact us on 0300 123 4999.’
Meanwhile, the Hunting Office has criticised the footage and said the perpetrator does not belong to its hunting associations, according to ITV.
The governing body told the news outlet that ‘it expects the highest level of animal welfare at all times – both on and off the hunting field – and condemns the actions taken by this individual, who is not a member of the hunting associations’.
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