British international show-jumper Harvey Smith won the British jumping Derby on Sunday for the second year running.
GV Smith on final jump (2 shots)
SV Smith makes gesture, rides into paddock and dismounts.
SV Douglas Bunn presenting laurel wreath and trophy.
SCU Smith with horse. SOF STARTS: "It was a straightforward..." SOF ENDS: "...disallowed the goal".
TRANSCRIPT: HARVEY SMITH (SEQ. 6): "It was just a straightforward V for victory, Churchill used it all the war years, they keep telling me that every time I win a big class I'm miserable, I never smile, and the minute I go and do something they take it all the wrong way. This competition was such a thing after a competition has been won. It's the same as a footballer scoring a goal, and immediately turns round and bops the referee on the rose, the ref can send him off the pitch, but he can't disallow the goal".
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Background: British international show-jumper Harvey Smith won the British jumping Derby on Sunday for the second year running.
But a few hours after his win the Directors of the Hickstead show-ground disqualified him and declared his GBP20000 (4,800 U.S. dollars) first prize forfeit because of what they called a 'disgusting' two-finger gesture he made in the direction of the Directors' box.
The disqualification telegram was sent by Mr. Douglas Bunn, owner of the Hickstead show-ground and Vice-President of the British Show-Jumping Association.
On Tuesday the Directors put out a statement however, saying they acted wrongly in disqualifying Smith without first asking him to appear before them. This he is to do to explain his offending V-sign.
This is what Harvey Smith has already said of his side of the matter: