The Professional Riders Association demands that the BHA stop its action against Robbie Dunne, as they claim that a fair hearing on Bryony Frost’s bullying allegations is IMPOSSIBLE after the leak of confidential documents.
- Professional Jockeys Association Wants BHA to Stop Disciplinary Action
- Bryony Frost claimed he was bullied and harassed by Robbie Dunne
- Confidential documents surrounding the case have been leaked, it has emerged
- PJA said they should only have been available to BHA, Dunne and their legal team
The Professional Jockeys Association has demanded that the BHA stop disciplinary action against show jumper Robbie Dunne because leaked confidential documents mean a fair hearing is impossible.
For the past two weekends, details of allegations of bullying and harassment against Dunne by Bryony Frost, Britain’s most successful female jump jockey, have been published in a Sunday newspaper, along with a letter of indictment stating that Dunne faces formal charges including ‘conduct detrimental to the integrity or good reputation’ of the sport. Dunne denies the allegations.
In a forceful statement, the PJA said that this information should only have been available to the BHA, Dunne, and their legal advisers.
The Professional Riders Association demands that the BHA stop disciplinary action against rider Robbie Dunne (above) as leaked confidential documents mean a fair hearing is impossible
Bryony Frost (above) claims she was bullied and harassed by her jump partner Dunne
The BHA has informed the Information Commissioners Office about the data leak which has yet to be identified.
Racing’s governing body has also been criticized by the PJA for the time it is taking to conclude the Dunne-Frost case with Frost delivering statements to the BHA in October of last year.
The leaked 120-page BHA detailed the incidents that took place in July of last year.
The fallout from the case has also led to broader comments on the culture within the Weigh Room. The PJA said that the negative headlines had annoyed members, particularly causing frustration among female members.
The PJA said the documents should only have been available to the BHA, Dunne, and their legal team.
Paul Struthers, Executive Director of PJA, said: ‘When serious allegations are made, it is vital that they are thoroughly and promptly investigated. Similarly, a person investigated for possible offenses under the Racing Rules has the right to a fair process and a fair hearing.
“Surely now it is impossible for that to happen in this case, unsatisfactory as it is for both parties.”
The PJA published a Code of Conduct in May. They said they expected members to abide by this code to ensure our sport welcomes everyone and to ensure that people are held accountable to an expected set of rules and codes of behavior.
Struthers added: ‘Any individual engaged in behavior that may constitute a violation of the Racing Rules or the PJA Code of Conduct should have the right to file a complaint and that right should be respected.
“The PJA does not tolerate harassment and does not sit idly by when it becomes aware of such conduct.”
Sportsmail contacted the BHA for comment.