Primary school teacher filmed kicking horse to be prosecuted by RSPCA

Primary school teacher, 37, who was filmed kicking and slapping her horse during a hunt WILL be prosecuted by the RSPCA over alleged animal cruelty

  • Sarah Moulds, 37, has lost her role as a primary school teacher over the clip 
  • At a hunt, the mother was filmed lashing out and slapping and kicking a horse 
  • The footage caused outrage and she is now being prosecuted by the RSPCA 
  • She has been charged with causing unnecessary suffering to a grey 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 being filmed apparently kicking and slapping a horse is being prosecuted by the RSPCA over alleged animal cruelty.

    Sarah Moulds, 37, is due to appear at Boston Magistrates court next week to face two offences under the Animal Welfare Act 2006. 

    The mother-of-two, who is well known in local equestrian circles, is being prosecuted by the animal welfare charity but not the police or Crown Prosecution Service. 

    The two offences are in connection with the kicking incident following a Cottesmore Hunt meet on November 6 last year in countryside known as ‘The Drift’ in Gunby, Lincolnshire.

    The footage of the horsewoman lashing out went viral and sparked outrage nationally and globally. 

    Mrs Moulds has been charged with causing unnecessary suffering to a grey pony called Bruce by kicking and hitting it. She faces a second charge of failing to take reasonable steps to protect the pony from pain, suffering or injury.

    Mrs Moulds lives with her plumber husband Daniel and children and had worked as a primary school teacher.

    But she lost her job last month after being suspended following the outrage.








    Sarah Moulds, a foxhunter who was filmed appearing to punch and kick a horse, lost her job as a primary school teacher after an investigation by the school in relation to the viral video

    Sarah Moulds, a foxhunter who was filmed appearing to punch and kick a horse, lost her job as a primary school teacher after an investigation by the school in relation to the viral video

    Sarah Moulds appeared to kick and repeatedly slap a horse after a hunting event organised by Cottesmore Hunt, a group based in Rutland, East Midlands

    Sarah Moulds appeared to kick and repeatedly slap a horse after a hunting event organised by Cottesmore Hunt, a group based in Rutland, East Midlands

    Speaking on the decision to sack the popular teacher, Mowbray Education Trust Chief Operating Officer Paul Maddox said: ‘I can confirm that Sarah Moulds’ employment with the Trust has been terminated.

    ‘As a Trust we are committed to ensuring the best standard of education for all of our young people and we look forward to continuing this throughout the 2021/22 academic year and beyond.’

    However some social media users criticised the decision with one saying the incident was ‘unrelated to teaching.’

    Mrs Moulds was also a director of the Knossington and Somerby Pre-School before being axed.

    It is understood she also lost her role with the local Pony Club branch.

    After anti-hunt saboteurs released the clip she received death threats and was forced into hiding with her family.

    At the time the RSPCA said it would ‘look into complaints made about animal welfare.’

    A spokesperson said: ‘We understand there is a lot of interest in this incident and we would like to reassure people we will always look into complaints made about animal welfare.

    ‘However, we are unable to discuss complaints about specific people and what action may have been taken.

    ‘We understand how frustrating that is for animal lovers but releasing information could prejudice a future prosecution.’

    In the footage, a white horse trots away from the back of a trailer before it is stopped by a young rider.

    A woman dressed in cream breeches and a navy jacket then grabs the reins of the animal before kicking its body 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 its Twitter page and tagged the RSPCA.

    The group said that the incident took place on November 6 after a Cottesmore Hunt, one of the oldest hunts in Britain, and the incident demonstrated ‘violence running through their veins.’

    The woman appears to repeatedly slap the horse in the video

    The woman appears to repeatedly slap the horse in the video

    The RSPCA described the incident as ‘upsetting’ and appealed for witnesses to get in touch. It is now prosecuting the former teacher

    Mrs Moulds was a senior leader and class three team teacher at her local Somerby School (pictured) and was also a director of the Knossington and Somerby Pre-School before her termination

    Mrs Moulds was a senior leader and class three team teacher at her local Somerby School (pictured) and was also a director of the Knossington and Somerby Pre-School before her termination

    The Hunt said it did not condone the actions shown in the video ‘under any circumstances,’ adding: ‘We will be reminding all of our supporters that this will not be tolerated.’

    Mrs Moulds’ uncle David Kirkham from Bonsall, Derbyshire, previously insisted: ‘She is a very upright person, a fantastic person who absolutely loves her horses.’

    He told MailOnline: ‘I’ve seen the video but we don’t know what the horse had been doing and if it was out of control. But we know it ran out onto the road and she told it off.

    ‘She was reprimanding the horse. There was no malice intended. She is very well thought of and respected.’