After the horse Saint Boy was allegedly struck by a German coach at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, Kaley Cuoco has extended an offer to acquire it.
The Flight Attendant actress spoke out on Instagram on Friday, about the incident on August 7 in which German coach Kim Raisner assaulted Saint Boy during the modern decathlon event.
Raisner was captured on camera “punching” the horse and instructing rider Annika Schleu to do the same after the horse refused to follow Schleu’s lead.
The Modern Pentathlon Foundation replied by issuing Raisner a black card, thus eliminating her from the sport, according to the source. “Her conduct was found to be in breach of the UIPM Competition Rules, which are applied to all recognised Modern Pentathlon tournaments, including the Olympic Games,” they stated in a statement.
Cuoco has now expressed her desire to purchase Saint Boy and provide him with a better life, adding on her Instagram Stories, “Name your price.”
The actress emphasized, “I feel it is my responsibility and heart to react to this travesty… This is not Olympic showjumping. In so many respects, this is a horrible, classless, and abusive depiction of our sport. This squad ought to be ashamed of itself.”
Cuoco then went on to specifically confront Schleu and Raisner, saying, “You and your teammates did not represent your county or this sport well. You make a poor impression on us. You should be ashamed of yourself, and any animal that comes into contact with you should be spared.”
The actress from The Big Bang Theory slammed their actions, “This rider and her ‘trainer’ are a disgrace on all levels,” she continued. “I’m going to buy the horse outright and give it the life it deserves.”
Cuoco maintained she “wasn’t kidding” when she offered to give Saint Boy a new home after her words went viral.
Cuoco and her husband
Her husband, Karl Cook, is a horse trainer and rider, and the 35-year-old actress has been a passionate equestrian since childhood.
Cook spoke to the equestrian journal Sidelines in February 2020 about his enthusiasm for the sport of show jumping as well as his respect for animals. According to Cuoco’s statement to the publication, “He’s the most dedicated and compassionate rider I’ve ever seen… He is always of the opinion that the horses’ needs come first, and everything else comes second.”
“He knows how to stay balanced and keep things even-keeled in a sport with so many ups and downs,” she continued. “He consistently impresses me in every aspect!”
Kaley and Karl, in other words, are more than eager to welcome Saint Boy into their home—or should we say barn?