Primary school teacher, 37, who was filmed kicking and slapping her horse during a hunt WILL be prosecuted by the RSPCA for alleged animal cruelty
- Sarah Moulds, 37, lost her role as a teacher because of the clip
- While on a hunt, the mother was filmed whipping, slapping and kicking a horse
- The footage caused outrage and she is now being prosecuted by the RSPCA
- She was charged with causing unnecessary suffering to a gray pony and failing to take reasonable steps to protect the pony from pain, suffering or injury.
A shamed primary school teacher who was sacked after he was filmed apparently kicking and slapping a horse is being sued by the RSPCA for animal cruelty.
Sarah Moulds, 37, is due in Boston Magistrates Court next week to face two charges under the Animal Welfare Act of 2006.
The mother-of-two, who is well known in local equestrian circles, is being prosecuted by the animal welfare charity, but not by the police or the Crown Prosecution Service.
Both offenses relate to the kicking incident following a Cottesmore Hunt encounter on November 6 last year in a campaign known as ‘The Drift’ in Gunby, Lincolnshire.
Footage of the rider going wild has gone viral and sparked outrage nationally and globally.
Ms Molds was accused of causing unnecessary suffering to a gray pony called Bruce by kicking and hitting him. She faces a second charge of failing to take reasonable steps to protect the pony from pain, suffering or injury.
Ms Molds lives with her plumber husband Daniel and her children and has worked as a primary school teacher.
But she lost her job last month after being suspended following outrage.
Sarah Moulds, a fox hunter who was filmed appearing to punch and kick a horse, lost her job as an elementary school teacher after a school investigation into the viral video
Sarah Molds appeared to repeatedly kick and slap a horse after a hunt event organized by Cottesmore Hunt, a group based in Rutland, East Midlands
Speaking on the decision to make the popular teacher redundant, Paul Maddox, chief operating officer of Mowbray Education Trust, said: ‘I can confirm that Sarah Moulds’ employment with the Trust has been terminated.
“As a trust, we are committed to ensuring the highest standard of education for all of our young people and we look forward to continuing to do so throughout the 2021/22 academic year and beyond.”
However, some social media users criticized the decision, with one saying the incident was ‘not teaching related’.
Ms Molds was also Head of Knossington and Somerby Pre-School before she was made redundant.
It is understood that she also lost her role with the local Pony Club branch.
After anti-hunting saboteurs released the clip, she received death threats and was forced into hiding with her family.
At the time, the RSPCA said it would ‘investigate animal welfare complaints’.
A spokesperson said: ‘We understand there is a lot of interest in this incident and we want to reassure people that we will always look into animal welfare complaints.’
“However, we are unable to discuss complaints about specific individuals and any action that may have been taken.
“We understand how frustrating this is for animal lovers, but leaking information could harm future lawsuits.”
In the footage, a white horse trots on the back of a trailer before being stopped by a young rider.
A woman dressed in cream breeches and a navy jacket then grabs the animal’s reins before kicking and slapping it repeatedly 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 their Twitter page and tagged the RSPCA.
The group said the incident took place on November 6 after a hunt at Cottesmore, one of Britain’s oldest hunts, and the incident demonstrated “the violence running through their veins”.
The RSPCA called the incident “upsetting” and called on witnesses to get in touch. He is now suing the former teacher
Ms Molds was a headteacher and third class team teacher at her local Somerby School (pictured) and was also Head of Knossington and Somerby Pre-School before her dismissal
The Hunt said he does not condone the actions shown in the video in any way, adding: “We will remind all of our supporters that this will not be tolerated.”
Ms Moulds’ uncle, David Kirkham, from Bonsall, Derbyshire, previously insisted: “He is a very upright person, a fantastic person who absolutely loves his horses.”
He told MailOnline: ‘I saw the video but we don’t know what the horse had done and if he was out of control. But we know he ran down the road and she said so.
“She was scolding the horse. There was no malicious intent. She is much appreciated and respected.