Equestrian Federation investigating heiress caught on video ‘kicking’ horse

The US Equestrian Federation has issued another statement about an incident at the Hamptons Classic this month involving Johnson & Johnson heiress Jazz Johnson-Merton, who was alleged to have kicked her horse, Joe Cool, after falling off the animal.

“The US Equestrian holds the welfare and safety of horse and rider as paramount to its mission as evidenced by the recent approval of new, tougher welfare and safety penalty guidelines,” said the org on its site.

“The USEF has launched an investigation into the full circumstances of this matter” and “will conduct this investigation and any subsequent actions in accordance with their regulatory rules and procedures.”

Page Six previously reported that the incident was caught on video, and event judge Chris Wynn told Chronicle of the Horse of Johnson, “She got up, lost her temper and tried to kick the horse in the stomach. I’m not sure she made contact . . . It was one of those gray areas of, ‘Was it unsportsmanlike?’ Absolutely. Did it really hurt the horse? Probably not.”