No, what made me feel incredibly disappointed was the fact that poor Emily Cammock had to come back with a second statement about the decision to Euthanise her horse.
The reason because a US forum decided that the owner, vets and officials could not make a responsible decision about the horse with all the information to hand over a bunch of half informed people on an internet forum who were not actually at the event, know nothing about the horse and certainly none of the background.
Some of the posts mentioned that the first statement was poor PR! Do we honestly want eventing to turn into a sport where nobody can say anything without having it approved through several channels?
I care about the sport of eventing, but I am beginning to feel this hypercritical online presence through forums is actually pervasive and negative to the sport. The sport should be supportive and working together to improve it for everyone.
This small minded posting actually works against this. I disagreed when BE introduced social media rules but lately I have to say that I think they have probably done the right thing. Maybe, people posting anonymously need to think more carefully in the future. If we want more openness in the sport and a larger more encompassing sport then it works both ways.
Internet forums and Facebook groups can be forces for good, but I for one this weekend felt desperately sad that in a time of grief a rider was put into a kangaroo court where she was judged by the anonymous masses who knew none of the background. Maybe a little patience in waiting for the answers could have been exercised? For me this would have been a far more dignified approach in a time of sadness.