“I think the FEI is out of control, and they’re wrong,” said show jumping veteran Katie Prudent, who was also present at the Geneva World Cup Final where Ward was disqualified. “I looked at [Victor’s] leg after I heard about everything that happened. It’s a tiny nick on his front leg, no bigger than my little pinky fingernail. It’s not a gash. It’s not anything that could hurt him. Horses have that all the time from going out in the pasture, stepping on themselves. It has nothing to do with the performance of that horse.
“What they did to Tiffany was wrong,” Prudent continued. “You have no recourse with the FEI. They can do whatever they want with no proof of anything whatsoever. It makes me wild. I think they’re wrong, and it’s frightening for riders. They can decide your life.
“It was the moment of Tiffany’s life to come ride in the Olympics,” she added. “She went beautifully yesterday with 8 faults. Clearly the horse wasn’t over-prepared or over-sensitized or over-whatever. She’s just here to get experience and have a good time. And they have dashed her hopes.”
When asked if the Canadian team, which stands sixth right now on 5 faults, had considered withdrawing from the competition as an act of protest, Lamaze said that recourse had not been discussed. Instead, he hopes to win a medal for his teammate.
“Tiffany can hold her head up high,” he said. “She did absolutely nothing wrong, and she was dealt a really raw deal today. It’s a really big loss for our Canadian team, and I’m ashamed of our sport today to have put someone like her in this position.”