Andrew Hoy: Horse Abuser?

Nice hat, Andrew. But do you really abuse your horses with your spiked boots? From the Associated Press:

Three-time Olympic equestrian gold medalist Andrew Hoy appeared at hearing Thursday to answer accusations of horse abuse.

Hoy and Dutch eventer Madeleine Brugman, who he trains, appeared before a three-member panel from the sport’s governing body. Both deny the charges, and the hearing will resume next week.

Brugman is accused of wearing spiked boots when riding Sundancer 6 in the warmup to the show jumping phase of a three-day event at Barroca d’Alva, Portugal, in March.

Hoy has competed for Australia at the last six Olympics. He won team eventing gold at the 1992, 1996 and 2000 Games and won the individual three-day event silver in 2000.