There was quite an alarming incident caught on camera during the equestrian competition at the Tokyo Olympics last week. During the modern pentathlon event, a coach was seen hitting the horse Saint Boy with her fist. The incident upset actress Kaley Cuoco so much that she took to her Instagram to condemn the coach and to make a heartfelt offer to give Saint Boy a chance at the life he deserves.
She shared her offer in a since-expired Instagram story.
An avid equestrian herself, Kaley said she felt it was her duty to comment on the incident — which she called a "disgrace" — in her impassioned post. "This is not Olympic show jumping. This is a disgusting, classless, abusive representation of our sport in so many ways. This team should be ashamed of themselves."
Her words appeared alongside photos of the rider, Annika Schleu of Germany, who was crying as she fought to get the horse to jump.
The actress tore into the coach, who was later disqualified after the abuse was caught on camera.
Kaley ripped the team members apart, stating that their performance failed to make their country proud. "You make us look bad," she wrote. "Shame on you and godspeed to any animal that comes in contact with you."
Kaley has been riding horses since she was just 15, which means she knows a thing or two about the sport. Her love of both the experience and the animals is likely what prompted her to speak out and offer to buy Saint Boy from the Olympic team.
In the post, Kaley asked Saint Boy’s owners to name their price for the horse.
She explained how the abuse doesn’t represent the sport. "This rider and her ‘trainer’ are a disgrace," she said, adding that she’d buy Saint Boy and show him the life he should have. "Name your price."
Kaley was clearly fired up and wanted to make sure that both fans — and the Olympic team — knew she was serious about her offer.
Kaley isn’t likely to be the only one in her house upset by this behavior.
Not only is Kaley an avid equestrian, but she’s married to one too. Her husband, Karl Cook, is a horse trainer and probably shared his wife’s feelings about last week’s performance. Maybe that’s why Kaley felt compelled to share some of the news stories that covered her offer to buy Saint Boy while explaining that she "wasn’t kidding."
The coach isn’t only in big trouble with Kaley.
On Saturday, the group that oversees the pentathlon event when the incident took place released a statement that the coach had been banned from the remainder of the Olympic events.
"Her actions were deemed to be in violation of the UIPM competition rules, which are applied to all recognized modern pentathlon competitions, including the Olympic Games," the statement explained, adding that the executive board made its decision at the Tokyo Stadium before the men’s round began.
We think Saint Boy would be very happy living with Kaley and Karl, who already own several horses and a dog. No matter what happens with the horse, we sincerely hope this was an isolated incident.