Somerby woman to face trial over alleged assault on horse at hunt

The former Somerby Primary School teacher accused of punching and kicking a horse at a hunt meeting will stand trial later this year after appearing in court this morning (Monday).

By Nick Rennie
Monday, 28th February 2022, 4:15 pm
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Sarah Moulds is charged with causing unnecessary suffering to the grey pony, named Bruce Almighty, in the vicinity of The Drift, Gunby, Lincolnshire, in November last year.

The 37-year-old was initially summonsed to court after footage was shared online showing a woman repeatedly slapping a horse and kicking the animal when it ran into the road.

Wearing a black top and a grey skirt, Moulds spoke only to confirm her name, date of birth and to enter a formal not guilty plea during a short hearing in front of Lincoln Crown Court Recorder Paul Mann QC.

At the time of the alleged incident, she was participating in the Cottesmore Hunt, one of Britain’s oldest foxhound packs.

The footage was investigated by the RSPCA after anti-hunting activists, the Hertfordshire Hunt Saboteurs, posted it to Twitter.

The animal charity described it at the time as ‘really upsetting’ and urged anyone with information to come forward.

Moulds, of Somerby, was granted unconditional bail to appear at Lincoln Crown Court for trial on October 17.